19 June 2020 by James Langley

News in brief (19/06/20)

With news on: DS Smith produces cardboard football fans; EuRIC calls for support for plastics recycling industry; Powys tells residents to use community recycling centres ‘responsibly’; and, Welsh Government relaunches fly-tipping campaign.


DS Smith produces cardboard football fans

Packaging company DS Smith has produced a range of cardboard fans to fill stadiums following the return of elite football in England.

Each bespoke ‘fan’ is made from cardboard made from recycled board and paper and is designed to slip over existing stadium seating, DS Smith says.

DS Smith says each bespoke ‘fan’ is made from recycled materials

The range can be custom printed to display individual fans’ faces or messages of support and represent team colours, sponsors or charitable partnerships.

James Lomax, sales, marketing and innovation director at DS Smith, said: “DS Smith likes to see itself as a box-to-box midfielder and we’re ready to spring into action as the Premier League and Championship both get back underway.

“Sport is an integral part of many people’s lives and by using a versatile material-like cardboard, we can support clubs across the country to create a unique atmosphere while fans stay home to support social distancing.

“Our ‘Back to Sport’ range is the ideal sustainable solution providing clubs with a blank canvas that can be fully customised, while also ensuring the material can be reused or recycled.”

The range is scalable from a lone fan to up to 100,000 fans, DS Smith said.


EuRIC calls for support for plastics recycling industry

The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) has called for urgent measures to support plastics recycling in Europe in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

EuRIC says plummeting oil prices as a consequence of the disease have resulted in a sharp decline in the price of virgin plastics.

EuRIC has called for urgent measures to support plastics recycling in Europe

Paul Mayhew, president of EuRIC’s plastics recycling branch, said: “The cost structure and the carbon footprint of virgin and recycled polymers is completely different, yet they compete on prices.”

The confederation has called for systemic support for the plastics recycling industry in EU member states and for mechanisms to stimulate the demand for recycled materials.

It has also requested pragmatic mandatory EU recycled content targets for plastics commonly used in products.

And, Euric has asked for market or tax-based incentives to close the price gap between virgin and recycled plastics proportionally to CO2 and energy savings from plastics recycling.


Powys tells residents to use recycling centres ‘responsibly’

Powys county council has told residents to use community recycling sites responsibly or risk losing them.

Contamination including food and dog poo has resulted in tonnes of recyclable material from across the county going to waste, the council says.

Contamination at the community recycling centres has included food and dog poo, Powys county council says

Councillor Heulwen Hulme, cabinet member for waste and recycling, said: “We are horrified at the types of rubbish we are finding in some of our community recycling sites.

“This type of contamination means that all the material within the banks is rejected by the recycling processors and ends up having to be sent to landfill.

“This selfish behaviour of a few irresponsible people is a huge waste of everyone else’s time and effort and results in recyclable material needlessly going to waste.

“If the community recycling banks continue to be misused in this way, they may have to be removed.”

Powys resident have been urged to report any incidents of contamination they find, and the council says CCTV is in place at many of the sites.


Welsh Government relaunches fly-tipping campaign

The Welsh Government has relaunched a campaign to encourage people to help tackle fly-tipping by ensuring they always use a registered waste carrier to remove rubbish from their homes.

Run in partnership with Fly Tipping Action Wales, the Duty of Care campaign calls on people to take responsibility for their excess rubbish, keep their local area clean and avoid fines.

The Duty of Care campaign calls on people to take responsibility for their excess rubbish

Hannah Blythyn, the deputy minister for housing and local government, said: “I encourage everyone in Wales only use registered waste carriers and not put their household waste into the hand of fly-tippers, by being aware of potential scammers and adverts promoting cheap waste collection services.

“Local authorities are working hard on this issue and I don’t want to see any households duped or potentially fined as a result of trusting these unscrupulous collectors to dispose of their waste legally.”

The Welsh Government says people should ask waste collectors where their rubbish is going, request a receipt and record details of the vehicle involved.

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