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15 May 2020

Concerns raised over Scotland’s DRS

The decision by the Scottish Government to pass deposit return scheme (DRS) regulations on Wednesday (13 May) has been met with disappointment from some retailers and recyclers. From July 2022, a 20p deposit will apply each time a...


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28 January 2020

Sainsbury’s to ‘increase recycling’ to cut carbon


Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has today (28 January) outlined a series of pledges to increase recycling and reduce food waste, as part of a £1 billion fund to be carbon neutral by 2040. The company explained that it will use ...

14 January 2020

OPRL plays down ‘risks’ of new label


The On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) has leapt to the defence of its simplified recycling label following concerns that the scheme could discourage recycling and increase contamination. In December, the not-for profit body announced...

9 October 2019

Oxfam reports positive response to ‘superstore’


Charity Oxfam has reported “incredibly positive” results from its secondhand store and ASDA has cited success in selling surplus or secondhand items. Oxfam opened its first ever ‘superstore’ charity shop in Oxford on 7...

1 October 2019

Asda replaces black plastic in ready meal trays


Supermarket chain Asda has announced that it will move its own brand fresh ready meal range to coloured PET plastic packaging, replacing black plastic to aid recyclability. Launching nationwide from 3 November, 97 of Asda’s ...

26 September 2019

Recycle Week events and campaigns continue across UK


As Recycle Week 2019 continues, rounds up more events and campaigns from across the country. With news on: Cambridgeshire councils in contamination warning; Scotland highlights food waste recycling ...

24 September 2019

Tesco and WRAP push food waste reporting


Retailer Tesco is pushing for reporting of food waste by retailers and hospitality businesses to be made mandatory in order to meet United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Dave Lewis – chief executive of Tesco - ...

13 September 2019

Sainsburys pledges to halve plastic packaging


Retailer Sainsbury’s today (13 September) announced what it described as “an ambitious new commitment to reduce plastic packaging by 50% by 2025”. This new target includes all branded food packaging, Sainsbury’s brand food...

10 September 2019

Ministers outline Scottish DRS legislation


Scottish ministers have published draft legislation for the establishment of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in the country, with an expected start date of 1 April 2021. As previously reported, Scotland’s DRS plans centre on an...

2 September 2019

News in brief (02/09/19)


With news on: Gateshead tightens rules on HWRC permits; Iceland collects over 1m bottles with reverse vending machines; 75% of Britons 'don't repair' household appliances, and; MBA Polymers supports local recycling champion.