10 June 2019 by Joshua Doherty

News in Brief (10/06/2019)

With news on: Aldi announces paper and compostable bag trial; Norfolk opens two HWRC reuse shops; Cheltenham issues weather warning for household recycling; Welsh Government announces £500,000 environment grants.


Aldi announces paper and compostable bag trial

Supermarket chain Aldi is launching a trial of paper or compostable carrier bags in its 830 UK stores to replace single-use plastic bags.

Next month, half of all Aldi stores in the UK will offer paper bags and the rest will offer compostable carrier bags

From July 2019, half of all Aldi stores in the UK will offer paper bags and the rest will offer compostable carrier bags.

At the end of the trial, the option most popular with customers will be selected to roll out across the UK and offered alongside Aldi’s other reusable bags.

The compostable bags are made of a bio-degradable material, called Bioplast, and are designed to be domestically compostable within 12 months. These will cost shoppers 6p per bag. The reusable brown paper bags are sourced from “sustainably managed forests” and are strong enough to carry up to 11kg of groceries, Aldi says, and will cost 19p per bag.

Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibly at Aldi, said: “Reducing the amount of plastic we produce is fundamental to our commitment to being a sustainable and environmentally responsible business. This trial will identify the option which best suits our shoppers.”


Norfolk opens two HWRC reuse shops

Norfolk council has opened the second of two new reuse shops at HWRCs today (10 June) as part of its efforts to reduce waste within the county.

Opening of the Bergh Apton shop today, comes following a similar ribbon cutting at its Wells-next-the-Sea site on Friday. The council also has reuse shops at Dereham and Caister, and is planning 11 sites in total to be run across the county.

The county council’s reuse shops welcome donations of second items such as books, garden tools, and bicycles, which are sold on to residents. In 2018-19 the network of reuse shops made a £184,107 contribution towards the £6.1 million annual cost of Norfolk’s 20 Recycling Centres. In the same year 821 tonnes of items passed through the reuse shops.

Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “I’m very proud that we’re helping people to cut waste in the county. Over the past five years we have seen a phenomenal 3,400 tonnes of items pass through our reuse shops. Helping to give a toaster, a toy or a garden trowel a new home means they’re not thrown away and that is the very best form of recycling.

“The reuse shops at Dereham and Caister have been so popular we’ve already doubled the size of those this year and with the brand new shops at Wells and Bergh Apton we now have 11 across the county. But we’re not stopping there as we have plans for new shops at Heacham, Wereham and Snetterton later this year, so watch this space.”


Cheltenham issues weather warning for household recycling

Cheltenham borough council has warned residents to safely store recycling bags and boxes to prevent contents being blown away in high winds, given current forecast of strong gusts.

The council has urged residents to ensure that the lids on their recycling boxes are shut properly

Recycling collections using a green box for paper, glass, cans, and plastic and a blue sack for cardboard are carried out by the council on a fortnightly basis, and residents have been asked to store the containers in ‘sheltered areas’, to prevent the material from scattering.

Cllr Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment, says: “With high winds forecast again over the next few days, to avoid contents being blown around it may help to put the blue bags for cardboard between recycling boxes in a sheltered spot where possible, but only if they can still be easily seen by collectors and are placed at the kerbside.

“We’d also like to ask residents to ensure that the lids on their recycling boxes are shut properly when presenting their boxes on the kerbside. It’s also a good idea to put a heavy object on top such as a stone or brick to prevent the lid coming loose.

“Our collection crews pick up materials they drop or spill and may be able to pick up items blown close to containers, but cannot pick up those blown down the street.”


Welsh Government announces £500,000 environment grants

More than £500,000 of funding for environmental and community projects through the Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme has been announced by the Welsh Government.

A total of 17 projects across Wales will benefit from grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 in the latest round of grant award funding announced by Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths today (10 June).

Funding has been awarded by the Welsh Government through the Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme

It is the first time that money raised from the Landfill Disposals Tax, has been used to support a bespoke Welsh funding scheme.

To be eligible for funding projects must be within a five mile radius of a landfill site, or waste transfer station, and sending a minimum of 2,000 tonnes of waste to landfill each year.

Some of the projects receiving funding include funds towards local community projects and conservation funding.

Minister for finance and Trefnydd, Rebecca Evans said: “I am pleased that funding from the latest round of this scheme is continuing to support local projects which will have a positive impact on our environment through their support for biodiversity, the minimisation of waste, and improvement of community spaces.”

The third round of funding is now open and closed on the 21 July 2019.

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