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News round-up September 2018

Cawleys campaign launch; ‘Circular’ watches launched; Fishy business for Scottish facility; French anti-plastic measure questioned

Cawleys campaign launch

Cawleys has begun a year-long campaign called ‘Small Action Big Impact’ which will give prizes to the business which has the most staff signing up. People are invited to make a new pledge each month, for example, pledging not to use any plastic bags or to recycle batteries properly. 

If ten or more people from the same workplace pledge to make changes, the company has the chance to win an Engagement Roadshow for the business. Anyone can take part and sign up at

Anna Cawley, director of customer service, said: “We’re not the biggest recycling company in the UK but we aim to be the best. People see our vehicles with the company mission written on them “Local recycling, global responsibility” and I hope that business everywhere will get behind our campaign to make a difference.”

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‘Circular’ watches launched

Circular watches

Circular watches

Renewi has joined with Dutch watch specialist Circular Clockworks to launch what they say is the world’s first range of circular economy watches.

The €149 watches are made from plastic granules recycled from discarded electronic and electrical appliances by Renewi.Watch straps are made from leather left over from shoe manufacturing processes and only the clocs use new materials. 

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Fishy business for Scottish facility



The Isle of Lewis’ Creed Integrated Waste Management Facility now has equipment to process salmon waste.

Leftovers from the salmon filleting process are puréed and discharged into a pasteuriser from which it joins household food and garden waste for anaerobic digestion.

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French anti-plastic measure questioned


A French measure to ban plastic containers in educational establishments conflicts with European Union law, the PET makers and users body Petcore Europe has said.

It said that since the EU had not yet adopted any measures against single use plastics packaging and food containers, the French decision was premature and contrary to European law.

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Tesco boss calls for food waste action

Tesco bags


Tesco’s chief executive Dave Lewis has called on the global food industry to publish its food waste data.

Speaking in New York, he said 27 of Tesco’s largest suppliers would begin publication of their food waste data and that the retailer was more than 70% of the way towards its target of wasting no food safe for human consumption

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Vegware gets foot in door at Westminster

Parliament has introduce a range of Vegware compostable products to replace to reduce the single-use plastic items.

Compostable catering waste will be sent to a specialist waste facility, turning it into compost fit for any garden. 

Eilidh Brunton, Vegware recycling consultant, said: “The UK Parliament choosing and composting Vegware is the highest accolade for compostable disposables as a practical recycling solution in foodservice. It’s an exemplar of best practice, breathing life into circular economy principals, composting biowaste here in the UK to enrich British soils.”

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Company signs up to black plastics recycling tech

green black lid

green black lid

Gourmet dairy brand The Collective is to sign up to masterbatch and additive specialist Colour Tone’s near-infrared (NIR) colourant technology to help black plastic yoghurt lids be recycled.

Like most black plastics, the original Collective lid featured carbon black and other pigments which absorb the infrared signal used to sort plastics packaging, which made it ‘invisible’ to the sensors used by recycling operations.

The Collective consulted with leading recycling expert Nextek Ltd as a result, since it had been commissioned by waste charity WRAP to lead the very first project to demonstrate the potential of novel NIR colourants for black plastics detection, ‘The Development of NIR Detectable Black Plastic Packaging.’

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Charity ’fishes’ plastic from Thames

Plastic fish

Plastic fish

Environmental charity Hubbub displayed its ‘Catch of the Day’ at a public event in Putney showing the ‘freshest’ plastic and unusual rubbish fished from the River Thames. Its stall featured fishmonger and scuba diver, to raise awareness of its For Fish’s Sake campaign against litter in waterways

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Firm launches packaging initiative

Countrystyle truck with smurfit kappa container


Packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has launched a ‘Better Planet Packaging’ comprising product design, research and development and collaboration with partners.

Arco Berkenbosch, vice-president of Innovation and Development, said the initiative would “enable us to explore and re-imagine the packaging that we need for a sustainable world”.

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Brussels conference debates WEEE compliance

Weee pile


EucoLight, the European WEEE lighting trade association, is hosting a half day workshop on 17 October in Brussels to discuss the scale of the online non-compliance problem. Speakers will discuss WEEE freeriding, VAT non-payment, and non-compliance with safety standards.

For further information see:

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Valpak and OPRL establish partnership

new oprl


Valpak and OPRL, will form a partnership to ensure that packaging is easily recyclable and clearly labelled to engage consumers in recycling.

They said this would that their members received the best consistent advice on improving recyclability across their packaging range and in communicating with consumers.

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Residents star in council recycling campaign

Stockport recycling family


Local residents have become the public faces of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council’s new recycling awareness campaign ‘We Love Stockport – Be Proud of Where You Live’

Sheila Bailey cabinet member for communities and housing, said: “I would like to thank Abbie and her sister Ella for getting involved in our campaign and helping their mum to recycle.”

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Coffee offer from Eunomia

Eunomia zero waste cup

Eunomia zero waste cup

Environmental consultancy Eunomia is sponsoring a coffee cup deposit refund scheme at this month’s RWM event at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, with venue caterer Amadeus.

All food and beverage retailers will offer a discount to delegates who have a reusable cup, which they will be offered for a £1 deposit.

Eunomia chairman Dominic Hogg said: “The goal of the scheme is to avoid, as far as possible, any single-use cups being used during the RWM conference this year.”

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Plastic worries most people

plastic straws

plastic straws

Four-in-five people in the UK admit that they are concerned about the amount of single-use plastics generated in the UK, a poll has revealed.

Asked in a Populus survey of 2,090 UK adults to mark start of Zero Waste Week, 80% said they were either concerned or very concerned.

Just 2% say they are not at all concerned, 3% not very concerned and 15% neither concerned not unconcerned.

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Scottish shopping centre to become zero waste ambassador

gh glasgow fort

gh glasgow fort

Glasgow Fort has officially become Scotland’s first shopping centre to join Zero Waste Scotland’s (ZWS) Resource Efficiency Ambassador programme.

ZWS launched the scheme in 2013 to help small to medium-sized businesses and organisations save money and energy by using resources more efficiently.

With four million visits a year and almost 100 brands on-site, Glasgow Fort has joined the likes of the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament and Glasgow Airport by making a series of pledges to improve its own sustainability and encourage the community to cut waste.

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Bucks cuts threaten HWRCs 

Buckingham County Council has begun an eight-week consultation on a series of proposed cost-saving measures to make its household waste recycling centres “affordable for the future”.

The council said its 10 centres are ”well used and extremely popular”, but that it is having to reduce costs across all its services as funding reductions in the public sector continue to bite.

The council’s cabinet member for planning and environment, Bill Chapple, said the review was a “reluctant but necessary step”. 

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