Top news for recycling

The Co-operative has reduced the tint in all of its own-brand plastic coloured milk bottle tops, to make it easier for them to be recycled into new bottles. The food retailer sells 202 million bottles of milk every year, and says that, previously, the amount of recycled plastic that could be used to make new […]

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Smurfit Kappa bags Baguin

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has acquired Argentinian company Baguin, specialising in bag-in-box solutions across Latin America. European firm Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box now has six facilities in France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Canada and now Argentina. Baguin was founded in 1992 in Buenos Aires. The factory is equipped with several modern production lines for the manufacture of bags, […]

Otter sustainability rewarded

The UK-based Otter Brewery in Luppitt, near Honiton, has scooped a prestigious industry award for its ‘market leading green ethos and unrivalled environmental commitment to producing quality beer’. The company won the ‘Best Sustainability’ category at the 2011 Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Business Awards in London, having been praised for a range of green […]

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WRAP unveils ambitious new waste prevention plan

Plans to save seven million tonnes of CO2, prevent three million tonnes of waste and save the UK economy almost £2 billion (€2.26bn) have been unveiled by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). According to chief executive Liz Goodwin, the focus will be on preventing waste occurring in the first place, with continuing emphasis on […]


Tetra Pak reveals ambitious environmental targets

Tetra Pak has announced plans to cap carbon emissions at 2010 levels by the end of 2020, and increase efforts to double the recycling rate for used beverage cartons by the end of the decade. The 10-year targets are part of an ambitious new environmental programme that, says the company, is designed to deliver on […]


Don’t forget to put packaging to the test, says Campden BRI

As the spotlight continues to shine on retailers’ and manufacturers’ efforts to meet the environmental targets set out by phase two of the Courtauld Commitment, Campden BRI is urging companies to carry out stringent tests to ensure packaging is fit for purpose. “Courtauld Commitment 2 has moved the packaging waste issue away from solely weight-based […]


Retailers lead recycling breakthrough

Shoppers will soon be able to recycle thin plastic packaging such as bread bags and cereal liners thanks to an agreement between the country’s biggest supermarkets and the On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme. Stores which collect plastic bags for recycling will now accept clean plastic film packaging in the same facilities, the British Retail […]

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Milestone for world-first recycling label

A world-first on-pack label which lets shoppers know which packaging can be recycled has signed up its 100th company. The milestone triggers the start of a public awareness campaign aimed at slashing the amount of recyclable packaging heading to landfill. Birdseye, Innocent, Henkel, GlaxoSmithKline and WH Smith have joined a string of major brands and […]


Making a packet out of peelings

Recycled potato peelings could be used to make environmentally friendly crisp packets, according to a UK snack firm. Walkers says it has already developed cellulose crisp bags made from wood pulp – but this resulted in ‘crackly’ bags that might put off customers. The Leicester-based company now hopes that bags made of starch waste from […]

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Heinz spills the beans on emissions success

Energy use and carbon emissions have been slashed at factories producing Heinz Beanz, soups and pasta, according to a joint announcement from Heinz and the Carbon Trust. Carbon dioxide emissions at Heinz’s UK factories in Kendal, Cumbria and Kitt Green, near Wigan, have been cut by over 17,000 tonnes over the last four years. That’s […]

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Plastic recycling targets ‘unachievable’

New plastic packaging recycling targets set by the UK government are unachievable and potentially counterproductive, says a leading industry body. The British Plastics Federation (BPF) says a proposal to increase plastic packaging recycling to 56.9 per cent by 2020 is ‘not achievable in less than 10 years’. The new targets detailed in a consultation paper […]


Milestone for BRC recycling label

The 50th company has signed up to a new, universal on-pack recycling label launched seven months ago by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Since then, participants have put the label on 50,000 different product lines. Recent signatories include Pepsi, London 2012 and Yeo Valley. Over 85 per cent of grocery retail by turnover has signed […]

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