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News round-up 9/2

Recycled gypsum low risk; M&S sustainable shoes; Dundee reuse store opens; Coca-Cola’s circular economy platform

Low risk waste position on waste derived gypsum

The Environment Agency (EA) has published a low risk waste position on spreading gypsum on agricultural land.

Recycled gypsum from waste plasterboard spread on agricultural land is subject to waste controls.

However, in advance of any national review of these controls, the EA proposes to allow recycled gypsum from waste plasterboard and FGD gypsum to be spread on agricultural land as a substitute fertiliser.  

Rates must be no greater than 1 tonne per hectare in any 12 month period. The material must only be spread where fertiliser is needed and not within 50m of a potable water borehole or 10m of surface water.

The Code of Good Agricultural Practice must be followed. The reprocessed gypsum should also be certified.


M&S launch sustainable footwear

Marks & Spencers have launched Footglove Earth, its first sustainable footwear using recycled post-consumer waste.

The fabric lining in the shoe comes from a yarn that uses ground coffee beans in its production. The soles contain natural rubber and rice husks.

Its padding is made from recycled foam and internal components are from post consumer plastic bottles.  

The retailer has also used water based adhesives, ensuring no solvents or latex, which means less water and energy is needed in production.


Dundee reuse store opens

Dundee-based social enterprise Tayside Re-users has opened a newly refurbished reuse store.

Tay Treasures sells a range of second hand clothes and bric-a-brac for both adults and children.

Tayside Re-users has been accredited by Revolve, a national quality standard for reuse which is delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, since 2013.  Revolve has 32 stores across Scotland supplying high quality reused goods at an affordable price.  

In the last year, Tayside Re-users has diverted 370 tonnes of products from landfill.

Press release

Coca-Cola Launch Circular Economy Platform

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has launched Infineo 2.0, an online virtual version of its French plastic recycling centre to enable young people and teachers to learn more about the circular economy and recycling. 

According to a study conducted by CCE, only one in two plastic bottles in France is recycled. Among young people, only 49% of people under 35 say they are active recyclers.

To raise awareness of the issues around recycling, CCE opened Infineo in 2013, an education centre dedicated to the circular economy located at the largest plastic PET recycling plant in France.

47% of CCE carbon footprint is generated by packaging. €8.7m has been invested into Infineo, by CCE in partnership with plastics recycler APPE.



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