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News round-up April 2018

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Design contract for Plastics Pact; Unilever signs up to OPRL; Nestlé seeks total packaging recycling; Company makes million recyclable cups

Design contract for Plastics Pact

As part of its commitment to the UK Plastics Pact launched by WRAP recently, OPRL made ten commitments to support its members in delivering the UK plastics reduction and recyclability goals.  

The recycling label not-for-profit has now signed a contract with Prep Design Pty to deliver the online interactive design tool which will enable all OPRL members to ensure they design packaging which meets the Pact’s criteria.

Stuart Lendrum, OPRL executive director, said: “We’ve been exploring how we can support members in providing an easy, online and interactive design tool which gives a realistic recyclability assessment for some time now. We are clear that the Prep tool is best in class and will give members the functionality they require, so we’re very excited to have secured an exclusive UK licence to this proven solution.”

Unilever signs up to OPRL

Unilever has joined the OPRL system to better engage its customers in recycling packaging.

Its recycling labels - of ‘widely recycled’, ‘check locallyand ‘not yet recycled’ - will appear across its UK food and household goods brands this year. Unilever has committed to ensure all its plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

OPRL chair Jane Bevis said: “We’re delighted that Unilever is joining OPRL and adopting our labelling on its UK brands as part of their commitment to engaging customers in taking environmental and social action.

Nestlé seeks total packaging recycling

Fawdon Nestles


Food manufacturer Nestlé has committed to using 100% recyclable or re-usable packaging by 2025, including plastics

Chief executive Mark Schneider said, “Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today. Tackling it requires a collective approach. We are committed to finding improved solutions to reduce, re-use and recycle. Our ambition is to achieve 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025.”

Nestlé said it would play an active role in the development of collection, sorting and recycling schemes across the countries where it operates.

It would also label plastic product packaging with recycling information and promote a market for recycled plastics.


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Company makes million recyclable cups

Re cup


Cup Print has said that production of its ReCup fully recyclable paper cups exceeded one million during March.

It began to make the cups from Earth Coating only in October 2017. The company said the cups are made from a mineralised resin coating that breaks down in the pulping process and can be recycle din the normal cardboard stream.

Chief executive Terry Fox said: “As the debate over a potential ‘latte levy’ intensifies, operators are looking for ways to protect their business but at the same time take their environmental responsibilities seriously.”

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Profit doubles for metals firm



Devon based Togs, which trades as Newbery Metals, has reported a gross profit of £4.1m for last year, up from £2.0m in 2016 and a turnover increase from £14.3m to £20.5m over the same period.

Its annual results showed sales up 43% which directors said was due to “increased supply and demand in the industry arising from an upward trend in metal prices. This had been driven in particular by a revival in copper prices.

Company report


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Australian council to landfill recyclables

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A Queensland city  is to landfill all recyclables it collects and seek to build incinerators to dispose of its waste.

Ipswich City Council said tightening restrictions on sending waste to China meant its recycling costs would become unviable.

Elsewhere in Australia, New South Wales environmental minister Gabrielle Upton has launched a A$47m support package for local government and industry affected by China’s policy.

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Firm gains third Queen’s Award

Preston-based Recycling Lives has gained its third Queen’s Award.

It has won the Queen’s Award for international trade, following wins for sustainable development in 2010 and 2014.

The new award recognises Recycling Lives’ work processing thousands of tonnes of metals and plastics for recycled materials markets across Europe, Asia and the US.

Recycling Lives uses its commercial activities to support and sustain charitable programmes in food redistribution, offender rehabilitation and support for homeless people.

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Packaging firm helps refugees

Packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has redesigned its boxes used to collect items for overseas aid so that they may be re-used.

The corrugated boxes can now be converted into stackable stools, storage chests and desks.

Technical design manager Stephen Cawdell said: “The furniture made from our boxes is sturdy enough to be kept outside and the desks are very useful for use in temporary schools that have been set up in some refugee camps.”

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Tap water would deter plastic bottle use

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Greater availability of tap water would increase the uptake of reusable water bottles, research by Keep Britain Tidy and manufacturer Brita has found.

Their report Water, Water Everywhere found 69% of respondents would be more likely to use a reusable bottle – so reducing plastics pollution – if water were easier to find when out and about. Respondents wanted businesses to be readier to offer free tap water and to refill bottles.

Some 68% supported a levy on plastic bottles to encourage recycling though they were concerned about practical issues and thought a 5p charge would be too low to affect behaviour.



Kids urged to be ‘Glass Guardians’

British Glass and its members have teamed up with the National Schools Partnership to help children become ‘Glass Guardians’ who promote recycling.

The project encourages 7-11 year olds to recycle glass bottles and jars while educating them about how glass is recycled.

A competition for ideas to get people recycling more glass will award prizes of tablets for children and equipment vouchers for schools.

Glass Guardians provides teachers with materials including a video, activity sheets and teacher’s notes.

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Firm signs police deal

Mick George Cambs


Contractor Mick George has signed with Cambridgeshire Constabulary to provide waste services to its 19 operating locations.

The company will locate 51 containers, with weekly or fortnightly collections of general and recycled materials. It said one of the main reasons why it won the contract was the ability to provide a sustainable and fully auditable zero to landfill service.

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Grundon ranked high for profit


Grundon Waste Management has been ranked in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 league table of private companies with the fastest-growing profits. It was ranked at 16th and was the only waste management company included. In the financial year ended September 2016, Grundon delivered annual profit growth of 102.62%, to £5.6m.

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Gap gains fridge funds

Gateshead-based Gap Group has secured £5.7m of funding to develop a fridge recycling plant, which is expected to generate 35 jobs.

Managing director, Peter Moody said: “This will allow local waste to be treated by local people which is not only fantastic in terms of generating employment opportunities but also great from an environmental perspective”.

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Care firm sets up recycling scheme

Support worker Mark Williams recycling


Private care provider Regard Group has launched an initiative to recycle half the waste produced at its 161 supported living, residential and day care centres for people with learning difficulties and mental health needs.

It has centralised its waste service with contractor UKWSL, which will audit sites to establish what is being discarded. Its contract includes general, offensive, sharps and sanitary waste and recycling.

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Hotels save on food waste

Chefs at Matfen Hall Hotel know what types of food are wasted the most


Every $1 that hotels invest in reducing food waste will save them on average $7 in operating costs, research by international food waste body Champions 12.3 has found.

Its business case took data from 42 in 15 countries, and found that within a year, hotels had reduced food waste by 21% on average, and more than 70% had recouped their investment in food waste monitoring, staff training and menu redesign.

The $7:1 return was achieved through buying less food, new menu items developed from foods previously considered as scrap, and lower waste management costs.

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Go ahead for North Sea decommissioning centre

Decommissioning North Sea gas


The Oil and Gas Technology Centre and the University of Aberdeen are to build a Decommissioning Centre of Excellence to deal with some 100 platforms and 7,500km of pipeline forecast to come out of use at a cost of some £59bn by 2050.

It intends to develop and deploy technology to handle life-expired equipment from the North Sea and optimise design for recycling and reuse, including the use of new materials.

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Funding boost for Lancashire firm

Lancashire Waste Recycling has secured a £575,000 debt funding package from Lancashire County Council’s Lancashire Rosebud Finance and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

It will invest in new plant and create 15 jobs over the next three years and said it would become the first UK firm to offer solid renewable fuel pellets, which are used as a replacement for coal in heavy industry.

The company already produces the material in shredded form and will buy biomass boilers and plant to dry it out into pellets.

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Bryson raises funds for charities



Northern Ireland’s Bryson Recycling has helped to raise £16,000 for the Pips charity, which is concerned with suicide prevention and bereavement support services, counselling and therapies.

Bryson, a social enterprise, provides weekly kerbside box collections to 170,000 homes, and for every tonne of paper, plastic and glass collected reprocessors Huhtamaki, Cherry and Encirc have donated £1 to Pips.

Director Eric Randall said: “The amount raised this year has been the biggest to date and we are encouraged to see how communities can come together to support others and help the environment at the same time.”

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