Will you have a Plastic-free July?

It’s summer and it’s definitely hot out there – which means lots of us will be sipping ice cold drinks through plastic straws, grabbing plastic bottles of cold water on the go and picking up disposable cutlery or items packaged in plastic for picnics outside.

In other words, there are a lot of single use plastic items that have become routine to use, but that you can easily take steps to avoid. This month is Plastic Free July, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of ending our reliance on plastics, which has millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today. Keep reading to find out what you can do to avoid plastics this July.  
Why refuse plastics?
Plastics do not ever fully biodegrade and as we’ve seen from documentaries such as Blue Planet II and media coverage of divers swimming in plastic polluted seas – this plastic is ...
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Local Green Points Spring Round Up

Summer is well and truly here, and we’ve had a very busy spring period with lots of exciting moments for our Local Green Points recycling rewards schemes. Keep reading to find out what the team has been up to:

Welcome, Becky!
Welcome to Becky, our new Customer Service Co-ordinator, who joined the team in May this year. We’re thrilled to have her, and delighted she can join us as we grow and expand in our work with local councils across the UK.
Warwickshire County Council renews Slim Your Bin Contract
Residents in Warwickshire’s five districts and boroughs will be able to keep ...
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Dottie Allan of Green Rewards receives 35 Under 35 Award

Dottie Allan, Client Services Manager at Green Rewards has been announced as one of the winners of the 35 Under 35 awards programme.

35 Under 35 is an awards programme, organised by in partnership with Grundon, which identifies the ‘young guns’ in the sector who are striving for professional excellence, promoting industry innovation and giving back to their company, local authority or community.

Dottie’s work on Green Rewards’ engagement programmes to encourage recycling and her voluntary work with the People’s Fridge in her local community to tackle food waste and food poverty set her apart from her peers in the industry and secured her spot on the 35 under 35 list.
Speaking of the achievement, Dottie said: “I’m delighted that my work to reduce waste and encourage recycling around the UK and in my local community has been recognised with 35 under 35 status. I’ve been ...
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Green Rewards Insight Seminar on Practical Engagement in Sustainability and Wellbeing

On May 10th 2018, Green Rewards will host its annual insight seminar at the iconic October Gallery near London’s Russel Square. The event will host a range of speakers, broken into two panel discussions and will end with a launch of Green Rewards’ new global product, followed by drinks and canapés.

The first panel will be chaired by Amanda Carpenter from the Legal Sustainability Alliance and will discuss “Building the business case for engagement”. Provisional speakers include representatives from Barclays, the University of Strathclyde and the London Borough of Bexley.
The second panel will be chaired by Henry Majed from the Innovation Gateway and will focus on “Exploiting technology to embed behaviour change”. Speakers include Mike Lynch from RBS, who will discuss how RBS tackled plastic waste and encouraged colleagues to reduce their plastic use through JUMP, including ...
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What does a plastic-free life like look like?

If the latte levy got you ruffled enough to swap to a keep cup and the ban on microbeadsmade you think twice about the kinds of cosmetics you are using then you will know by now that it’s a challenge to lead a completely plastic-free life.

Here at Local Green Points, our philosophy is that the cumulative impact of individual actions can have a significant impact. So if like many environmental groups, you think the Government’s 25 year environmental plan lacks the urgency to tackle the plastics problem, then there’s a lot you can do at an individual level to generate change.
Here are some day-to-day steps you can take to make plastic free life a little easier:
The Last Straw
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Don’t dump! – How to Have a Zero-Waste Spring Clean

Finally, spring has finally sprung! Now the long, cold winter is over it’s time to emerge from your duvets, woolly scarves and hats and instead get out in your garden or start the inevitable spring clean out

It’s out with the old and in with the new, which is great for a fresh start, but not so great for our rubbish bins or our bank accounts. To avoid creating piles of avoidable waste or splashing out on a brand new wardrobe, garden or house makeover, make sure to follow our top tips for a zero waste Spring Clean:

1)      Clothes
Clothes should never end up in your rubbish bin! If you find yourself with clothes or textiles you no longer want, you can donate them to charity, swap with a friend, or - if they can’t be worn - recycle them. You even make some extra cash by selling your clothes at a local car boot sale, or save money by repairing your old clothes instead of buying brand new ones. ...
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The plastic tide is turning – but have we bitten off more than we can chew?

This week, Michael Gove announced that the UK will introduce a plastic bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) to increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of litter polluting our land and seas.

The scheme will work by using a “reverse vending” process, in which consumers are refunded money for returning their drinks bottles back to retailers. Research by the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee found countries with deposit return schemes tended to recycle between 80% and 95% of their plastic bottles. It is hoped that the scheme will be able to boost England’s stagnating recycling rate, which is 57% for plastic bottles, compared to other European nations who are recording recycling rates for bottles at 98%.

While the introduction of the DRS has been hailed as a success by many environmental groups, some troubling questions are starting to emerge about how the scheme will be implemented and how it will impact current systems in the ...
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International Women’s Day Blog: Dottie’s guide to a successful communications campaign


Today is International Women’s Day, so we’re catching up with Local Green Points’ Client Services Manager, Dottie Allan, to find out more about her work in the waste and recycling industry.


Dottie Allan
Dottie Allan
Client Services Manager, Local Green Points
How long have you been working in waste, recycling and sustainability?
“I’ve been interested in sustainability since I started studying my degree at UCL. I studied Earth Sciences and particularly focused on global environmental change and environmental politics. I’ve worked with Local Green Points for over two years now and as part of my role as Client ...
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The Truth behind China’s plastic ban - how recycling in the UK will really be effected

If you’ve heard about China’s Plastic Ban, you’re probably wondering how it will affect plastic recycling the UK...


Dispelling the myths
The news that China will no longer be taking the UK’s plastic waste has triggered questioning over our domestic recycling processes and the negative media coverage has left UK residents worrying that the plastic they recycle won’t actually be reprocessed. But, a closer look into what is happening on the ground in the UK recycling industry shows positive developments as a result of the ban on exporting plastic to China coming into action this January (2018).
New momentum
While the ban has been portrayed as a blow to the UK by the media, it has actually been ...
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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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