Tag Archives: recycling

UK’s Waitrose aiming to eradicate black plastic

UK supermarket chain Waitrose says it has hit its target to remove black plastic from hundreds of products. The supermarket’s overall aim is to eradicate black plastic from all its own-label products. It’s now removed hard-to-recycle black plastic on its fresh meat, fish, poultry, fruit and vegetables. This adds up …

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Will Australia turn the tide on food waste in 2019?

Food waste is a crisis for Australians, who throw away a shocking 3.1 million tonnes of edible food each year. But new research offers hope for 2019. Three-quarters of Australian adults (75 per cent) surveyed admit to being food wasters. And more than half (56 per cent) who throw out …

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1.5bn single-use plastic bags saved in 4 months

A total of 1.5 billion single-use plastic bags have been saved since July, says the National Retail Association (NRA). This staggering figure emerged once major supermarkets put their self-imposed bans into action in the winter. Woolworths’ and Coles’ voluntary bans also coincided with a state-wide government ban coming into effect …

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PepsiCo ANZ and REDcycle to turn chip packets into furniture

PepsiCo ANZ has partnered with REDcycle to transform discarded chip packets into a range of “sturdy products”, including furniture. REDcycle processing partner, Replas, specialises in converting soft plastics into fitness circuits, outdoor furniture, bollards and signage, among other products. All consumers have to do is drop off their chip packets …

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German giant Lidl unveils plastic-free initiatives

Lidl will remove black plastic packaging from its entire fruit and vegetable range across all 195 Ireland and Northern Ireland stores before Christmas. It follows a similar move in Lidl’s other UK stores. The supermarket will scrap packaging, which cannot be recycled, from fresh fish products by February 2019. Fresh …

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Business and government team up to tackle waste

The government has joined business leaders in pledging to reduce packaging waste and improve recycling by launching the 2025 National Packaging Targets. Minister for the Environment Melissa Price joined leaders from packaging, retail, logistics, manufacturing, recycling and waste-management businesses. They all pledged to manage packaging waste better. Australia’s 2025 National Packaging …

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Tesco UK re-surfaces car park – with plastic bags

A UK branch of Tesco has found an innovative use for waste plastic – re-surfacing its car park. It did so using the equivalent weight of 225,000 plastic bags, thereby saving more than 900kg of plastic from landfill. The retail giant worked in partnership with MacRebur, a plastic-road company. It …

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Don’t just dump your e-waste – give it to us

Social enterprise Green Collect is calling on Victorian businesses to recycle all their old electrical items, or e-waste. The social enterprise provides employment opportunities for people facing disadvantage, The organisation, based in the Melbourne suburb of Braybrook, specialises in “resource recovery”. It says it handles about 10-15 tonnes of technology …

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A third of urban Australians prefer eco-friendly packaging

A third (32 per cent) of urban Australians prefer to buy products sold in eco-friendly packaging, according to new research. Research company Mintel also found that 34 per cent of urban Australians prefer products made by sustainable sourcing methods. The findings come at a time when the issue of plastic …

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