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The Local Green Points team recently attended the annual Warwickshire Waste Partnership Conference where our Managing Director, Graham Simmonds, gave a presentation. His key themes included the work we do to embed positive waste and recycling behaviours, the role of communications and technology in driving success and the Slim Your Bin communications campaign we provide to the County.
The following content comes from a blog by Leanne Trow, who we were joined by at the conference, which first appeared on Credibly Green. Find the full article here.
On Pack Recycling Labels are there to provide a simple, UK-wide recycling message on retailer and brand packaging to help consumers recycle more products, more often. ORPL is simplifying the design of on-pack labels to make it easier for consumers and retailers to understand.
The new labels will still feature the iconic recycling symbol, but components will only be listed on complex packaging and materials will no longer feature on the labels. Messages have been shortened to 'Check Locally' rather than 'Check Local Recycling' and 'Not Yet Recycled' instead of 'Not Currently Recycled'.
The new design also allows the inclusion of calls to action that are valuable to consumers. 'Rinse', 'Cap On' and 'Remove Sleeve' are among the important messages identified by WRAP.
A recent customer survey found that 7/10 consumers recognise OPRL labels and 2/3 refer to them. The new system is intended to maximise effective recycling.
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Food waste makes up to 30% of our rubbish in the UK - even though food waste can actually be recycled!
The Waste and Recycling Advisory Body (WRAP) have revealed that 7.3 million tonnes of food waste was thrown away from UK households in 2015, compared to 7 million tonnes in 2012.
Although some food thrown away cannot be eaten - such as fruit peelings, eggshells, meat bones, coffee grounds and tea bags - a huge 4.4 million tonnes of this food waste was deemed to be avoidable, meaning it was edible before it was left to go off and put in the bin.
The food wasted in 2015 alone cost UK households £13 billion and the average UK householder spent £470 on food that ended up in the bin.
Binning edible food doesn't only waste money, but avoidable food waste in 2015 was responsible for generating 19 million tonnes of green house gases.
It's time to join the food waste fight to save more of your food from the bin and save money, slow down global warming and prevent deforestation. Head to Love Food Hate Waste to find out more and do your bit.
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Last Christmas we consumed nearly 300,000 tonnes of card packaging in the UK - enough to cover Big Ben 260,000 times. And the wrapping paper we consume each year is the same in weight to 124 London Eye's! That's why we're asking you to prevent waste this Christmas.
When shopping for gift wrap, only buy recyclable paper and reuse old wrapping paper when possible. Some wrapping papers cannot be accepted for recycling because of added glitter, plastics or dye - so check with your local council first.
The Royal Mail delivers 150 million cards a day over the Christmas period and up to a billion cards will make their way to landfill. If you choose to send paper cards, make sure they are made from 100% recycled materials. After Christmas, save the cards you've received to make decorations next year or donate them to a Christmas card recycling scheme.
Over the festive period the UK throws out 2 million turkeys,
The controversial 5p carrier bag charge was introduced to England in October 2015. The charge was brought in to tackle the rising use of plastic bags handed out by supermarkets - up to 7.64 billion in 2014 - the numbers of which contribute to landfill and damage wildlife, coastlines and the sea.
Over a year on, and it seems this charge has been a huge success in cutting the waste of plastic bags and associated environmental risks. It's been found that 90% of shoppers in England now use their own carrier bags, an increase from 70% prior to the charge.
The charge is further celebrated by conservationists, who claim that the number of carrier bags found on UK beaches has dropped almost 50% since 2015.
There's still a long way to go, as the number of disposable drinks containers found on UK beaches has risen by 4% in the same time. Some see opportunity in applying further charges to plastics - including plastic bottles, disposable coffee cups, excessive pac
St Helens Recycling Rewards!
The Effective Service Redesign and Reform (ESR2) iNetwork Award has gone to St Helens Council for St Helens Recycling Rewards! The award celebrates success in innovation and achievement in service design.
Commenting on the award, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Green, Smart and Sustainable Borough, Councillor Steve Gomez of Aspron, said:
“This award is a great testimony to everyone involved in the recycling rewards scheme; from the collection team – to the residents who have signed up and continue to support the initiative. In St Helens we recycle over 40 per cent of our rubbish, which is a fantastic achievement. However, there is so much more that can be done to reach our target of 50 per cent by 2020. The scheme has not only increased awareness in recycling and sustainability but it has also addressed the council’s wider aspirations around improving communications bet
Cans. Takeaway boxes. Bottles. Bags. Leaflets. Food. Chewing gum. Cigarette butts. What don’t we chuck onto our streets, roads and in our parks? Of course many of us aren’t making a mess out there, but many of our streets are still littered with the stuff. So what’s going on, and how do we fix it?
Over 30 million tonnes of litter is collected from the streets in England every year. To put this into perspective, that’s enough to fill Wembley Stadium to the top four times! Hard to picture, right? This costs councils more than £1bn a year to clean up.
Litter in Britain
Britain is actually one of the most littered places in Europe, with cigarette butts claiming first prize as the most littered item. Fast-food restaurant food packaging and drinks cans and bottles are also a common sight on our streets. Not only is it all unsightly but it’s dangerous for pets and wildlife who are attracted to the
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