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News round-up 14/3

Food Waste Bill to be ‘revived’; Collection scheme rolled out across Aberdeen; Move to paper fish packaging; Small dip in can market

Food Waste Bill to be ‘revived’

Shadow Defra secretary Kerry McCarthy’s Food Waste (Reduction) Bill will be read for a second time in Parliament on 22 April.

McCarthy (pictured) posted on social media after the bill was heard on 11 March: “The Bill will be revived, one way or another, after the Queen’s Speech.”

It was originally due for a second reading in the Commons on 29 January but was delayed after the day’s other business overran.

Collection scheme rolled out across Aberdeen

A mixed recycling scheme is to be rolled out across Aberdeen, Scotland.

The council is now providing blue-lidded bins for those in tenements and flats to recycle paper, cardboard, plastics, glass and metals.

Residents can now also recycle plastic pots, tubs and trays along with cardboard food and drink cartons.

Press release

Move to paper fish packaging

A growing number of the UK’s 10,500 fish and chip shops are opting for corrugated takeaway containers as their primary choice of packaging.

Current estimates indicate that, of the 200 million portions of fish and chips sold through the takeaway trade each year, at least a quarter are served up in corrugated boxes. It was the preferred packaging format by 90% of the finalists in the Annual National Fish & Chip Awards.

Press release

Small dip in can market

Industry trade body the Can Makers has reported a 1.9% dip in UK can deliveries in 2015 compared with the previous year.

It said the sector was affected by the lack of a global sporting event on the scale of the 2014 Football World Cup, as well as an increase in the number of carbonated soft drink and beer cans filled abroad and imported to UK for sale.

Deliveries of cans for beer and cider were 4,454 million, a reduction on 2014 of 1.5%.

In the soft drinks sector, shipments of cans were 5,174 million, a reduction of 2.3%.

Press release

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