Tesco engages suppliers to accelerate plans to tackle plastic waste

Tesco is bringing together suppliers at a sustainability event to discuss new ways to eliminate even more plastic waste where it matters most. As a part of Tesco’s 4Rs packaging strategy – Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – suppliers will be asked to accelerate progress and to go further and faster in removing plastic where alternatives are possible. The retailer will apply a particular focus to areas that can make the greatest difference at scale, as well as tackling packaging which is most at risk of ending up in the natural…

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Vattenfall commits to landfill ban and to recycle all wind turbine blades by 2030

Vattenfall has set ambitious targets in how to deal with wind turbine blades at end of life. An immediate commitment to a landfill ban on decommissioned wind turbine blades has been made. The next decade there will be an intense work increasing the recycling rate of wind blade components. Vattenfall’s ambition is to enable a fossil-free living within one generation and one important element to deliver on this is a significant growth in wind energy. To ensure this is done in a sustainable way, Vattenfall has a high focus on reducing environmental impacts…

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Sainsbury’s makes it easier than ever to recycle aluminium coffee pods at home

Coffee cups are looking half full rather than empty, thanks to Sainsbury’s. The retailer has recently teamed up with coffee pod manufacturer Dualit and On-Pack Recycling Label Ltd (OPRL Ltd) to prove that despite popular misconceptions and confusion, aluminium coffee pods can be recycled at home, provided they are empty of coffee grinds. Until now, it’s been widely believed that aluminium coffee pods are too small to be captured for recycling when items are being sorted. Sainsbury’s has challenged the industry and discovered that waste management companies have facilities that…

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Nationwide pet store first to install special recycling points for flexible pet food packaging

In an industry first, nationwide pet care business Pets at Home is leading the way by introducing dedicated recycling points for flexible pet food packaging. The new initiative, which is being supported by pet food producers Mars and Purina PetCare, aims to combat flexible packaging waste in the sector, tackling the pet food packaging made of these materials. Pets at Home has partnered with environmental charity Hubbub to run the trial, which has so far been rolled out across 40 stores and three Vets4Pets practices in the UK. Following the…

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Waitrose rolls out trial to help customers dispense of hard to recycle flexible plastic packaging in-store.

Waitrose has announced plans to roll out a new trial that will allow its customers to return hard to recycle flexible plastics at their local store. The scheme, which goes live this week at 37 branches serviced by Waitrose’s Leyland Distribution Centre in the North of England, will permit all clean flexible plastics that can be crunched up, stretched, squashed or unfurled to be deposited in-store for an initial period of 12 weeks. Drop off points that have historically been used to recycle plastic bags will be retrofitted to allow…

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