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DS Smith expects Brits to spend heavily on Easter eggs with recycling still a concern

DS Smith expects Brits to spend heavily on Easter eggs with recycling still a concern

New research has revealed that despite 69% of Brits believing that Easter eggs come in excessive packaging, they plan to purchase over 156 million of these seasonal chocolate treats this year. The poll, commissioned by DS Smith, found that almost half (47%) of the population intends to buy three or more chocolate eggs this Easter....

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Coca-Cola removes Sprite labels in new recycling trial

Coca-Cola removes Sprite labels in new recycling trial

Coca-Cola is currently conducting a limited trial of ‘label-less’ packaging for Sprite and Sprite Zero on-the-go bottles. The labels will be replaced with an embossed logo on the front of the pack. Laser-engraved product and nutritional information will be provided on the back of the pack. The company claims this will simplify the recycling process,...

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Defra appoints former CIWM president as Head of EPR scheme

Defra appoints former CIWM president as Head of EPR scheme

The UK Government has appointed Dr Margaret Bates, Managing Director of On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL), as the Head of the UK Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging (EPR) scheme. Dr Bates, who served as the CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) President from October 2016 to October 2017, will take up the role on secondment for...

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How to make your life greener in 2024

How to make your life greener in 2024

It is a common practice for people worldwide to start a new year with a change in their lifestyle. According to the People’s Climate Vote, a UN survey of public opinion on climate change, people worldwide recognise it as a global emergency and agree that we should take necessary measures to address it. Although people...

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Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme deferred for a year until October 2025

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme deferred for a year until October 2025

After consulting with the industry and acknowledging the financial strain on consumers and businesses during the current economic climate, the implementation of new regulations requiring packaging producers to cover recycling costs will be postponed by a year from October 2024 to 2025. The Government will utilise this extra time to collaborate further with the industry...

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RECOUP launches new Refill Packaging Case Studies on World Refill Day

RECOUP launches new Refill Packaging Case Studies on World Refill Day

In support of World Refill Day on 16th June, RECOUP, a charity focused on plastics resource efficiency and recycling, has released a new case study exploring the rise of refill products and their packaging. While bulk refill purchases have traditionally been used for commercial purposes, the growing concern over the environmental impact of packaging has...

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Food producers and retailers seek delay for (EPR) recycling reforms

Food producers and retailers seek delay for (EPR) recycling reforms

Several retailers and food manufacturers in the UK are requesting for a delay in the Government’s recycling reforms set to take effect next year. According to The Guardian, bosses have used the recent Downing Street crisis talks to ask ministers to pause the launch of the UK packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme. Starting in...

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KHS presents the first recyclable juice bottle made of 100% rPET

KHS presents the first recyclable juice bottle made of 100% rPET

GERMAN systems provider KHS has upped the bar in terms of packaging sustainability and unveiled a fully recyclable juice bottle made of 100% recyclate with a FreshSafe PET® barrier system which offers unique product and freshness protection. The clever design has been named Beyond Juice. “When developing the bottle we strictly adhered to our credo...