What could a plastic bottle return scheme mean for the UK?

This week we heard that the UK government is considering adopting a plastic bottle scheme, similar to one used in Norway.

 The scheme would see people who return their plastic bottles refunded the equivalent of 10p to 25p, depending on the size.
In Norway the scheme is responsible for recycling 97% of bottles in the country and has massively reduced plastic litter in the environment and seas.  
Experts claim that local authorities could save up to £35 million ever year, if the deposit return scheme were to be introduced. A report based on the data from eight local councils with varying recycling rates found that councils could make savings of between £60,000 and £500,000 each, due to reduced littering and landfill ...
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ICiPS Collaboration Award Nomination for Warwickshire County Council and Local Green Points

Warwickshire County Council has been working in partnership with Local Green Points over the last 18 months to deliver the innovative Slim Your Bin campaign for residents across Warwickshire. The collaborative nature of the project and its success in improving recycling behaviours across the county has earned the campaign a nomination for the 2018 Collaboration Award with the Institute for Continuous Improvement in Public Services (ICiPS).

The Slim Your Bin campaign launched in November 2016 across Warwickshire’s five Boroughs and Districts as part of a drive to encourage households to recycle more and throw away less, thus ‘slimming’ their rubbish bins. Residents are encouraged to change their behaviours towards waste and recycling through a communications campaign, website and app and are rewarded for their actions with individual and community based prizes.

The Warwickshire Recycling Champion of the Year 2018 contest has since been launched ...

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War declared on plastic waste. Are we on track for a cleaner, greener Britain?

PM Theresa May promises that the UK will become international leaders on environmental issues, as she unveils a 25 year environmental plan. 

With plastic pollution at ‘near permanent levels of contamination to the natural environment’, down to humans having produced 8.3bn tonnes of the material since the 1950s, it’s fitting that the plans focus heavily on plastic waste. Proposed policies include plastic free aisles in supermarkets, extending the levy on plastic bags, increased funding for research and a tax on takeaway containers. 

After the hugely successful 5p levy on plastic bags, which saw 70% more shoppers switch to reusable shopping bags, May has promised to extend the levy to smaller shops. In a similar vein, we may soon see the levy charged on single-use plastic takeaway containers.

Another plan is to encourage ...

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Your Guide to Christmas Tree Recycling (Plus More Winter Tips)

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from all here at Local Green Points. 

At this time of year we all tend to waste more than usual because over the Christmas period we make 20% of our purchases for the whole year. All the packaging, food, cards and wrapping paper create so much more rubbish that our local councils usually have to rearrange our waste and recycling collections in order to pick up all the extra stuff. As there could be some changes to your collection dates, make sure you check your local council website or collection calendar for your Christmas bin collections!
While we’re on the subject of Christmas waste, there are plenty of steps you can take to waste as little as possible during the holidays. Whether it’s the box your crackers come in or an Amazon parcel, we all create cardboard waste – so much that we could use our Christmas cardboard waste to wrap the London Eye almost 50,000 times! You’ll be ...
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A Radical Policy change is required to get the UK to its 50% target by 2020

Last week, it became clear that a radical policy change will be needed for the UK to hit its household recycling target of 50% by 2020.

Figures from the end of December 2016 show a 0.6% decline from 2014’s peak of 44.8% to 44.2% at the end of 2016. These figures reveal a worrying trend that current household recycling rates in England have stagnated at under 45% and are a long way off our 2020 target.

So what’s holding us back?
“A clear national strategy to end stalling rates of recycling is still required,” said waste firm SUEZ’s chief executive David Palmer-Jones. “To increase household recycling rates, Government needs to integrate waste and recycling planning into a modern Industrial Strategy which values the things we throw away as raw materials for manufacturing, and as an energy resource.”
At Local Green Points we know one of the key barriers to recycling ...
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It’s Black Friday – the day of the year where we all lose our heads at the sight of a sale sign and rush to buy more things we don’t need. Even worse for those of us sat at out computer screens, we’re inundated with emails and pop ups as every businesses under the sun tries to sell us this, that and the other.

Whilst we all love a good deal on our favourite products, the environmental impacts of Black Friday are undoubtedly quite serious and it is up to us to be responsible consumers while bargain hunting.

So we’ve come up with a list of easy things you can do to make sure you aren’t contributing to the vast amounts of waste being sent to landfill when you buy today and over the Black Friday weekend

1.) Buy refurbished electronics


Electronic waste is predicted to reach 65.4 million tons ...

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Fancy a two night staycation at the historic site of Gunpowder plotters?

BBC drama, Gunpowder, has caught the attention of 17th century history enthusiasts and period drama lovers around the country.
The three part drama, released to overlap with bonfire night this weekend, follows the story of Robert Catesby, a 33-year-old Warwickshire gentleman, as he devises a plot to blow up Parliament and kill the King.
Left to right: Gunpowder plotters Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby and Thomas Winter
Particularly interesting for Warwickshire residents is the setting for the drama, which is partly based in Warwickshire County.  Central to the Gunpowder plot was Warwickshire’s Coombe Abbey, now known as the Coombe Abbey Hotel. In 1605 Coombe Abbey was not the luxury hotel it is today, but instead belonged to Baron John Harrington of ...
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Camden Recycling Rewards motivates residents to recycle 10% more than last year

Thanks to our Local Green Points scheme, Camden Recycling Rewards, residents in the London Borough of Camden are recycling 10% more of their household items that they did last year.

Since its launch in October 2016, the scheme has been rewarding residents in the London Borough of Camden for recycling more and producing less household waste. Residents are rewarded with Green Points for reporting their weekly recycling and taking part in online activities such as making the switch to using real nappies, or taking part in local reuse events and workshops.

Waste tonnages are also measured and points awarded to communities when the amount wasted decreases and the amount recycled increases.
Monthly voucher prizes are awarded to individuals who earn the most Green Points and just for signing up, every resident receives a discount card that they can use to redeem exclusive discounts and special offers at participating local businesses.
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The hunt is on… for Warwickshire’s Recycling Champion of the Year

We’ve launched an exciting new contest for residents of Warwickshire County Council: Warwickshire’s Recycling Champion of the Year 2018. 

We’ve teamed up with Warwickshire Waste Partnership, to deliver the contest to residents in Warwickshire’s five districts and boroughs: Warwick, Stratford-on-Avon District, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough, Rugby Borough and North Warwickshire Borough.
The contest will engage residents in recycling more of their everyday household items and will be a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward local recycling champions. There are plenty of prizes up for grabs for top recyclers, including a two night staycation in the luxury Lady Craven Suite at the Coombe Abbey hotel, provided by Shakespeare’s ...
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Recycling is worth it – and we can all do our bit!

This year’s Recycle Week has been a fantastic reminder of how recycling really is worth it! Your everyday household items can come back around as brand new products…but only if you remember to recycle them.

With this is mind we’ve brought you some of our insights into what some of the most common recycling mistakes are and how you can avoid them! 

Bathroom Blunders


It turns out that while many of us are enthusiastic recyclers in the kitchen, our inner eco-warrior tends to disappear pretty quickly in the bathroom. According to a recent Recycle Now poll, almost 90% of people regularly recycle from the kitchen, but only 52% say they regularly recycle from the bathroom. Once we are separated from our kitchen recycling bins, laziness kicks in and we are much less likely to make the effort to carry ...
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