EU carton recycling rates up to 42 per cent

July 4, 2014 by  
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EU carton recycling rates up to 42 per cent

The latest figures for carton recycling in the EU show that 42 per cent of beverage cartons were recycled in 2013, equivalent to approximately 425,000 tonnes.

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons the Environment (ACE) UK welcomed the news, emphasising in a statement that the total recovery rate of cartons, including recycling and energy recovery, has reached 71 per cent across the EU.

Richard Hands, Chief Executive of ACE UK, said: “This latest rise in carton recycling rates across the EU, building on the three per cent rise in the previous year, really is encouraging.”

In 2013 the UK’s first dedicated recycling facilityfor beverage cartons opened in Stainland, Yorkshire. ACE UK expects the facility to transform beverage carton recycling in the UK.

Hands added: “Alongside the opening of this game-changing facility for UK beverage carton recycling, the number of UK local authorities collecting cartons at kerbside for recycling has risen to 57 per cent from just 31 per cent as recently as 2011.

“This progress marks a significant shift in providing incentives for local authorities to collect cartons, so making it easier for consumers to recycle them and providing an environmental packaging choice for manufacturers.”

Read more about ACE UK’s recycling efforts in the UK.

Envac launches new urban waste collection system

Envac – a global company in the vacuum waste collection industry – has launched a new waste collection system, Quantam, in an attempt to meet the demands of growing populations in cities throughout the world.

A UN forecast expects that the number of people living in cities will rise from 50 to 70 per cent by 2030.

Envac claims that Quantam will occupy less space and use half the energy required by its current waste collection systems.

Envac UK’s Managing Director, Patrick Haraldsson, said: “Waste management is increasingly becoming one the of toughest challenges facing cities throughout the world.

“The writing is on the wall for manual waste collection in heavily-populated areas and more innovative technology needs to be developed now to cater for waste collection of the future. Quantum is a step forward for tomorrow’s waste collection and provides an efficient, clean and sustainable alternative to manual methods which, by 2030, simply may not be viable.”

Read more about the challenges of recycling in urban areas.

Recycle for Wales’s guide to greener camping

As part of its guides for a greener summer, Recycle for Wales has released its top tips to save money and still be green when camping.

Some of the advice includes:

  • avoiding disposable plates and cups in favour of unbreakable but washable versions;
  • using a portable, reusable barbeque rather than expensive disposable versions that Recycle for Wales claim could cost you an extra £31.50 to use over a week;
  • taking your rubbish with you or recycling if the facilities are available;
  • reusing ‘probiotic’ yoghurt drink bottles for all liquid items such as washing up liquid and shower gel to save space;
  • buying local produce;
  • using solar lantern and chargers, for example the LuminAID light, or using rechargeable batteries.

Andrew Osborne from Recycle for Wales said: “It’s easy to create lots of waste when camping, especially if you’ve never been before. With these simple tips, you can save money and still go camping without harming the environment you’re visiting.”

Read Recycle for Wales’s green summer guides in full.

Diesel scrappage scheme supported by Remove My Car

National scrap car buyer, Remove My Car, has announced that it is looking to play a ‘leading role’ in motoring research charity RAC Foundation’s call for an incentivised scrappage scheme to take the most polluting cars off UK roads.

The company is looking to the government to provide an extra £100 for any motorist that recycles a diesel vehicle aged 10 years or older through Remove My Car.

The company hopes that the financial incentive will encourage motorists to recycle their old diesel vehicles.

Steve Queen, Managing Director of Remove My Car, said: “We’ve seen in the past that scrappage incentives do work, and we’re confident that by financially incentivising motorists to scrap their old diesel vehicles it will help us to drive down the high emission levels that we’re currently suffering from.

“The only other alternative is waiting for these old diesel cars to become un-roadworthy, but that could take many years, and it’s clear that the issue of global warming needs to be addressed and tackled immediately. Proactivity is critical because people’s lives are at risk, so we must get these old and polluting cars off the road as quickly as possible.”

Read the RAC’s full report, ‘Air Quality and Road Transport’.

SocEnv announces appointment new Chair, Vice Chair and five Honorary Fellows

The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) President, Tony Juniper, announced the appointment of Ian Bowbrick CEnv as its new Chairman at a House of Lords Reception last week.

Previously, Bowbrick has worked as Director of Professional Development and Membership at the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining since September 2013.

SocEnv highlights his ‘strong sustainability credentials’ as Director of World Packaging Organisation and author of research papers on sustainable building design and engineering.

Bowbrick said: “The Society has a number of new and exciting initiatives that will be launched in the next 12 months, and I look forward to taking these forward with our CEnv community.”

Peter Walsh CEnv has been appointed as Vice Chair and honorary fellowships were awarded to five environmental leaders: Angela Brady, Professor Raymond Clark OBE, Caroline Drummond MBE, Polly Higgins, and Judy Ling Wong CBE OBE.

Read more details about the SocEnv appointments.


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