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News round-up 29/4

Food waste recycling call; Frisbees from marine litter; Generation Awake.

Restaurants urged to recycle food waste

The hospitality sector is set to spend £32m this year to send food waste to landfill, according to research by waste management company ReFood.

The company pointed out that through improved planning, portioning, management, storage and preparation almost two-thirds of the waste produced could instead be sold and eaten.

ReFood estimated that recycling food waste can be as much as 45% cheaper than sending it to landfill.

Axion turns litter into frisbees

Axion Polymers processed a total of 88kg assorted plastics collected from six UK beaches to produce frisbees (photo above). The “Beach Clean Frisbee” will be sold by Marks & Spencer.

Testing at Axion’s Salford facility concluded it was possible to recycle rigid plastic debris, such as small toys and bottle tops, back into new products.

“Plastic from litter back into new products is clearly an interesting approach, yet it’s only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the massive opportunity that exists to use recyclates from all sources,” said Axion Polymers director Keith Freegard.

Press Release

EU rolls out ‘Generation Awake’ initiative

The European Commission has launched a new campaign, dubbed ‘Generation Awake’, to urge citizens to review how they use resources.

The campaign aims to make consumers aware of the consequences their consumption patterns have on natural resources, illustrating the benefits if they choose to act differently. It takes a light-hearted approach using cartoon characters to show the environmental impact of everyday purchasing decisions.

UK charity Keep Britain Tidy expressed support for the initiative. It said: “We believe we need a new narrative on consumption and waste that takes people behind the scenes to explore and value the urgent need to change the way we live, consume and dispose of stuff - not just for the environment but for society”.

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