Walkers crisps to create UK’s first nationwide recycling scheme for crisp packets

Walkers is set to launch the UK’s first nationwide recycling scheme for crisp packets. People will be encouraged to either drop off their packets at one of the hundreds of public access collection points that will be developed all around the country or alternatively post them for free directly to TerraCycle for recycling. Once the packets have been collected they will be cleaned, shredded and turned into small plastic pellets which will then be converted into useful plastic items, such as benches and fence posts. Under the scheme, developed in…

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Waitrose & Partners widens trial of pioneering ready meal packaging

Waitrose are building on its successful June trial of the fibre based alternative to black plastic ready meal tray The packaging innovation shows the supermarket’s commitment to remove own-label black plastic packaging by end of 2019 Waitrose & Partners is trialling three of its Italian ready meals in a widely recyclable tray for two months. This trial is larger than the retailer’s initial one in June as it is in the majority of its shops and more ready meals is in the alternative to black plastic tray. The supermarket’s investment…

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New Facilities For Textile Blend Recycling Takes Fashion Industry One Step Closer To Circularity

The H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) open two first of its kind textile recycling facilities in Hong Kong. The award-winning hydrothermal recycling technology is for the first time put into practice at scale. In addition, a miniaturized Garment-To-Garment Recycling System is opened for the public. These facilities are the results of an innovative partnership with HKRITA to accelerate research on textile recycling, to speed up the development of a closed loop for textiles, with the purpose to safeguard the planet and our…

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CitiPark launches plastic bottle recycling initiative at flagship car park

Car park operator CitiPark has announced that it will trial a reverse vending system in its flagship facility in Leeds, offering customers discounted parking rates for bringing in plastic bottles. Customers can exchange a 500ml bottle for a 20p discount on their parking fee. Image: CitiPark The trial will see customers given 20p off their parking bill for each 500ml bottle they give to staff at CitiPark’s Merrion Centre location in Leeds, in a bid to incentivise recycling. During the month-long scheme, there will be no limit to the number…

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Asda to remove wrapping from greetings cards, saving over 100 tonnes of plastic per year

Asda has announced its latest move on plastic reduction, as it becomes the first supermarket to commit to the removal of avoidable plastic from its greetings card range. The decision is expected to save over 50 million individual cellophane bags annually – equivalent to over 100 tonnes of plastic. In February this year, Asda outlined plans to use less and recycle more plastic, including reducing own brand plastic packaging by an initial 10% by February 2019 and making its packaging 100% recyclable by 2025. It’s also working with experts at…

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