Do you sell PET bottles?
In the last few weeks we have been getting ongoing requirements for PET bottles both post consumer and post industrial and both dirty and clean. Prices can vary depending on quality, cleanliness and location with ex-works prices ranging from 130 euros up to 300 for cleaner, single colour and less contaminated PET bottles bales. Whilst […]
7 Million tonnes of UK waste to go “without a home”
It was a moment no one expected. As I looked around me at the Scottish Resources Conference yesterday, I could see the look of disbelief in many people’s faces, as Dr. Adam Read of Suez let slip that the UK is on route to have over 7 Million tonnes of waste go “without a […]
Scottish Resources Conference
Once again we will be attending the Scottish Resources Conference in Edinburgh. The Scottish Resources Conference is Scotland’s biggest and most important event for sustainability, resource and waste management professionals and is run in partnership by CIWM, Zero Waste Scotland and SEPA. This two-day event brings together business professionals and practitioners from all industries. I […]
The Utopia of Circular Economy
In this article we highlight some of the challenges for the Circular Economy. It was in his book, Utopia, published in 1516 that humanist philosopher Thomas More first introduced the concept of the same name. Utopia represents a society or a situation possessing qualities nearing perfection, both in the sense of individual perfection and perfection […]
Is recycling effective?
Packaging waste permeates the consumer products industry. In the United States alone, I have calculated that there are 1 billion beverage containers used in a single day, with up to 600-700 million of them not being properly recycled or reused. Is recycling effective in addressing this issue? Through the modern marvels of our industrial waste […]
When does recyclable really mean recyclable
Today, as it is ostensibly alleged in most packaging, everything is recyclable: soda cans, cardboard packaging, mobile phones, plastics bottles, glass bottles, jars, paper, coffee grinds, coffee capsules etc. The list is endless. As humans learn to transform raw materials into an increasing amount of composite materials so does their ingenuity grow, in transforming back these composite […]
ACE UK to become joint owner of OPRL Ltd
The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK announced today that it is to become a joint owner of OPRL Ltd, which runs the UK’s on-pack recycling label scheme. ACE UK, which represents leading beverage carton manufacturers Tetra Pak, Elopak, and SIG Combibloc, joins current owners the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the trade […]