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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...

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7 September 2018

Valpak and OPRL announce ‘close alliance’

 

Valpak, the UK’s largest packaging compliance scheme and OPRL, the industry standard for packaging recycling labelling, have announced they are forming a “close alliance” to support their overlapping memberships. The new ...

Burberry 6 September 2018

Eunomia welcomes Burberry hierarchy move

 

The decision by high-end retail brand Burberry to no longer send unsold products to energy from waste has been welcomed by the consultancy Eunomia. One of its consultants, Peter Jones, had highlighted Burberry's practice of ...

31 August 2018

May looks to ‘double’ plastic bag charge

 

Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced proposals to extend the 5p plastic bag charge to all retailers and potentially double the charge to at least 10p. The measures will form part of a consultation – which will put forward ...

6 August 2018

Sector counters LGA’s packaging ‘smorgasbord’

 

Claims by the Local Government Association (LGA) that a “smorgasbord” of plastics in packaging means that just a third of household collected plastics can be recycled, have been countered by the recycling sector. Releasing an ...

12 July 2018

John Lewis Group looks to start-ups to reduce plastic

 

The John Lewis Partnership has announced that the topic for its “start-up innovation” programme this year will be to reduce plastic use in both John Lewis and Waitrose. Called JLAB, the innovation scheme is run by the John...

6 July 2018

Lidl to acquire German waste business

 

The Schwarz Group, parent company of retailer Lidl, is to acquire German waste disposal company, Tönsmeier Group. The acquisition via GreenCycle – a subsidiary of German retail giant Schwarz – is designed to ...

23 May 2018

Bunzl adds ‘recyclable plastic coffee cup’

 

The catering supplies arm of global distribution and outsourcing company Bunzl has added a 'fully recyclable' coffee cup to its portfolio. Bunzl Catering Supplies say the ‘reCUP’ uses 48% less plastic than a standard PE ...

26 April 2018

Producers argued ‘business rates help fund recycling’

 

The packaging and retail sectors told the government last year that they should not pay more for producer responsibility on packaging because they are paying massive sums in business rates. The business rates case was made by ...

9 April 2018

50% recycled content for M&S mac

 

Retail giant Marks & Spencer today (9 April) unveiled a pack away mac made from 50% recycled polyester, sourced from used plastic bottles. A spokeswoman for the retailer said that "The pack away mac has been designed a part of...