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Archive for April, 2011

Retailers extend plastics recycling scheme

Monday, April 11th, 2011

The Packaging and Film Association (PAFA) has welcomed the planned collection of clean plastic film – including bags – by some of the UK’s leading high street retailers. The initiative, which is spearheaded by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), aims to recycle 645,000 tonnes of material per annum and is being backed by all the big names including Asda, the Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.

Barry Turner, CEO of PAFA, said, “Plastic film packaging helps save food waste by protecting and preserving products and we have always had the technology to recycle it. Now, through this initiative by major retailers, the consumer has a real opportunity to boost plastic film recycling by placing film wrappings – including everything from bread bags to toilet roll and kitchen roll wrap as well as unwanted carrier bags – into the recycling bin whenever they go shopping.”

The new initiative has been made possible by the growth in the number of recycling bins for plastic carrier bags at supermarkets, which has risen to more than 4,500 collection points throughout the UK.

“In spite of the fact that local authorities are reluctant to collect thin packaging films from households or at the kerbside,” continued Barry Turner, “this retailer initiative now means that the opportunity to recover the value from lightweight protective plastic film is within everyone’s reach. It means that no-one should worry about the environmental credentials of plastic packaging in the future if they stick to the practice of reduce, re-use and recycle.”

Head of Environment at the BRC and Director of the On-Pack Recycling Label scheme, Bob Gordon, added, “This announcement shows retailers are prepared to go above and beyond what is expected of them to support customers’ environmental efforts. We know many consumers want to do their bit for the planet and this move will be a big help.”

INCPEN says Waste Review should reflect EA bag report

Friday, April 8th, 2011

INCPEN – the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment – has stated that Defra’s Waste Review should incorporate the findings of the Environment Agency’s ’suppressed’ report on supermarket carrier bags.

The Environment Agency’s report, published back in February, found that a cotton shopping bag has to be re-used over 130 times to have less environmental impact than a single-use plastic carrier.

INCPEN Director, Jane Bickerstaffe, has said that she welcomes the EA’s study as an important contribution to the debate about carrier bags and that she hopes the government’s Waste Review, due to be published in May, would analyse the science and not take “a knee-jerk reaction” on carrier bags.

Ms Bickerstaffe added, “The Government is keen to use an evidence-based approach to policy. We hope the Waste Review policy will reflect these findings and that other countries will re-think their policies on bags.”

Bickerstaffe has also called on the Welsh Assembly Environment Minister, Jane Davidson, to stop the introduction of a single-use carrier bag charge, due to be introduced this October, and called on Italy to stop its plastic bag ban. She added, “We should not wrongly demonise the bag that actually has the smallest environmental impact.”

New London promotional body launched

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

London and Partners – a new promotional body specifically for London – has been officially launched by London Mayor, Boris Johnson.

The organisation incorporates the existing bodies Visit London, Study London and Think London – responsible for promoting tourism, London’s 42 universities and foreign investment to the capital respectively.

London and Partners will act as a single agency for the city to promote both leisure and business tourism, foreign investment and business growth, as well as bringing major events, exhibitions, conferences and foreign students to the capital.

Forthcoming events including the Royal Wedding, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics will be at the forefront of London’s drive to raise its profile.

The new board is headed by interim chair, Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, and includes Kevin Murphy, CEO of Excel