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Issue : 15 May 2009

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  • Designers Antoni and Alison join Fanta for recycled bag giveawaySubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Drinks company Fanta, with help from fashion designers Antoni & Alison, are launching a free bag made entirely from recycled plastic PET bottles.Starting from 20 May 2009, the bag will come free when customers buy two two-litre bottles of Fanta and Fanta Fruit Twist exclusively from Tesco.Coca Cola Great Britain produce Fanta. CCGB marketing director Cathryn Sleight said: We are committed to operating as sustainably as possible, ...

  • Good vibrations shake up for local authoritiesSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Local authorities will have to take steps to minimise the vibrations from vehicles such as refuse lorries to reduce the impact on the health of their staff because of a new European Union Directive, according to an industry expert.From July 2010, a new EU Directive called the Control of Noise and Control of Vibration Regulations (2005),Vibrating Directive, ...

  • Unique recycling firm receives big investmentSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Enval, the first packaging recycling company to allow complete recycling of laminate packaging waste, has obtained significant investment from the East of England Co-Investment Fund.Laminate packaging is a material made up from tightly-packed layers of aluminium and plastic that are hard to separate, such as a drink carton.The spinout company of the University of Cambridge was supported ...

  • Mothercare takes sustainable stepsSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Mother-and-baby chain Mothercare has awarded waste firm Severnside Recycling with a three-year recycling contract.Mothercare group business development manager Emma Conroy said: We aim to reduce the amount of waste we currently send to landfill by encouraging recycling and sustainability across all our stores. Severnside is conducting a comprehensive waste management audit with a view to introducing a recycling service to achieve these aims and to support our ...

  • Geesink Norba unveil UK's first electric plug-in waste vehicleSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Geesink Norba has launched the UKs first plug-in electric waste collection vehicle.Assembled and unveiled in Wales, the truck has a zero emissions output and remains almost silent when crushing and compacting waste. This quiet factor also means the trucks are able to work at any time in the day without disturbing people, unlike the usual diesel variety.

  • Veolia and University of Birmingham agree research collaborationSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Waste management provider Veolia Environmental Services has signed a research collaboration partnership with the University of Birmingham.Veolias research and development team hope to work with the university to promote environmental research, innovation and sustainable development in areas like carbon saving and energy efficiency.Birmingham University pro-vice-chancellor for research and knowledge transfer Judith Petts said: We are delighted ...

  • Thefts from textile banks increaseSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    The problem of theft from textile banks is increasing, according to UK charities.Charities are already facing the problem of criminals stealing textile collections from outside homes (see MRW 5 May) because of the buoyant market price for used clothing.Textile Recycling for Aid and International ...

  • Asda launches free bag initiativeSubscription

    News14 May, 2009

    Supermarket Asda has launched a two week bag for life give away to help reduce carrier bag waste across all its UK stores.Plastic bags will be replaced with re-usable bags at check-outs free of charge for two weeks. Asda is committed to meeting a 50 per cent reduction target in carrier bag use.Corporate policy manager Paul Hedley said: We are encouraging our customers to reuse their bags by giving ...

  • Age is no barrier to being greenSubscription

    News14 May, 2009

    A green taskforce, made up of 10 old people from around the UK, has developed a set of recommendations to help reduce waste and promote reuse.The Greener and Wiser taskforce has been supported by charities Age Concern and Help the Aged, think tank Green Alliance and Natural England.It has been set up to increase the profile of older peoples views, aged between 52 and 90, ...

  • Eurocell acquires Merritt PlasticsSubscription

    News14 May, 2009

    Manufacturer and distributer of PVC-u systems Eurocell Profiles has announced the acquisition of Merritt Plastics.This acquisition of PVC-u recycling and extrusion company, Merritt Plastics, will allow Eurocell to recycle much higher volumes of windows it replaces, reducing its carbon footprint and landfill costs.Merritt Plastics founder Simon Readman said: This is an exciting new era for us. Weve built ...

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