July 2018

What is Specialised Recycling?

By |2018-07-11T08:40:42+01:00July 11th, 2018||

Specialised Recycling refers to products and/pr material types which can be recycled but through specialised facilities. This is often due to the use of different materials combined to make a functional product, or from the presence of heavy contamination. An example of specialised recycling is the Simply Cups Scheme which offers a bespoke solution for [...]

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June 2018

What’s so good about Sustain™ and Revive™ if they don’t always get recycled or composted?

By |2018-06-19T14:21:05+01:00June 19th, 2018|, , , |

When determining whether a product is sustainable or not, we like to look at the sustainability of both the materials used to make it and how it can be disposed. Both Revive™ and Sustain™ are made from sustainable materials. Whether you choose Revive, made from recycled plastic, or Sustain, made from renewable resources (plants!), you [...]

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Is compostable different from recyclable?

By |2018-06-19T13:06:27+01:00June 19th, 2018|, |

Interestingly, under the European Waste Directive composting is also classed as recycling. But don’t let that confuse you: if you drop something that’s marked “compostable” into the recycling bin, more often than not it cannot be recycled. To use the two terms interchangeably is, in our opinion, intentionally misleading and serves to confuse a space [...]

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It feels like the recycling situation in the UK is pretty depressing. Is there any hope?

By |2018-06-19T13:01:23+01:00June 19th, 2018||

It’s only depressing if you want to look at it that way – of course there’s hope! The great news is that the Government is investing in recycling. There are more and more products being made from recycled materials which gives plastic a value. If consumers and businesses like you continue choosing products made from [...]

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What is the current recycling situation in the UK?

By |2018-06-19T13:00:26+01:00June 19th, 2018||

Currently the UK produces 3.7m tonnes of plastic waste and only 29% is recycled and 56% is recovered. On the upside though, the UK has a target to recycle 57% of plastic by 2020. For us, that’s not quite good enough - we hope we can all blow that target out of the water! So, [...]

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What do the different recycling symbols mean?

By |2018-06-19T12:58:13+01:00June 19th, 2018||

We recommend you read through this official list of all symbols that refer to recyclability, it’s incredibly valuable: https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge/packaging-symbols-explained. Or for a quick snapshot, we've gathered the below for you: Recycle Now The most recognised symbols in the UK are from Recycle Now, an initiative of the government waste body WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). [...]

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How do I know what is recyclable?

By |2018-06-19T12:53:08+01:00June 19th, 2018||

Well our friends at WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) have developed the colour coding system which you probably recognize called OPRL (On-Pack Recycling Label). And soon to come will be a system for labelling even disposable packaging with a consistent label scheme. Take a look at their Recycle Now website for loads of [...]

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Why aren’t coffee cups widely recyclable yet? They’re made from paper!

By |2018-06-19T12:51:57+01:00June 19th, 2018||

All paper hot drinks cups have to have a waterproof lining to safely hold your drink. Though the cup is made from paper, the lining is typically made from the oil based plastic. The recycling challenge with coffee cups is to separate the inner lining from the paper cup so that the materials can be used [...]

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Why is the recycling landscape in the UK so fragmented?

By |2018-06-19T12:50:31+01:00June 19th, 2018||

Well this could be quite a long history lesson, but we’ll cut to the chase. In an ideal world, from Isle of Wight to the Old Man of Hoy we would be able to recycle the same materials. But when the UK waste services were deregulated in the 80's they became subject to market forces [...]

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What does ‘recyclable’ really mean?

By |2018-06-19T12:49:39+01:00June 19th, 2018||

Good question - it's a bit more complex than just dropping your rubbish in the recycling bin and magically turning into something else. Though everything is technically recyclable, not everything is recycled – even if you pop it into the recycling bin. Beyond the limitations of recycling due to food contamination, recycling can be especially [...]

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