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Offices targeted to go green at lunchtime

UK businesses are being urged to get greener in the workplace by recycling their employees lunchtime food packaging waste.

Plastic Bottles company Closed Loop Recycling will be working with Marks & Spencer and Solo Cup Europe, manufacturer of single use packaging, to give companies the opportunity to recycle the tonnes of sandwich wrappers, soft drinks bottles and salad trays that are thrown in general waste bins every day. Paper and cardboard will also be collected.

The campaign runs from September 22 for 12 weeks and businesses in London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham will be sent leaflets with details of the new schemes.
The service will offer a commingled recycling bin which will be collected by Closed Loop Recycling. But all materials will go to various recycling and reprocessing facilities in the UK.
It will initially be available in and around the four major cities, with the aim of taking the scheme nationwide over the next two years.

Closed Loop Recycling managing director Chris Dow said: Recycling at work is lagging behind recycling in the home. Not only is this inefficient and uneconomic for businesses, it is detrimental to the environment as waste that can easily be recycled and often ends up in landfill. Our office recycling and collection scheme provides a simple solution to that problem.
The company has just opened its plant to recycle waste plastic bottles back into useful food packaging material.

M&S sells more sandwiches and lunchtime snacks than anyone else on the high street and the retailer is aiming to reduce its packaging and to make it easier to recycle. Customers buying their lunch from M&S will see the Closed Loop Recycling logo and details on how they can sign up to the scheme on all packaging for its new Food to Go range of sandwiches, salads and deli snacks.

Image: (Right) Marks and Spencer chief exective Stuart Rose

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