Well-being and recycling

Our local council is amending its timetable for picking up the black collection bins to once every two weeks, down from every week. These are the non-recycling ones. Interestingly, like most things in the UK, London is the last to see its services cut – most of the people I know elsewhere have long had a complex set of dates for setting out various bins, which frankly astonished me when I first encountered it. They are pitching it as a way for people to recycle more, which is also an interesting take on the matter. Not sure if there is any way to recycling things like cat litter here, which does have to go into the black top bin right now.

Let’s face it, if you have hundreds of recycling schemes in a country the size of California, it can get quite muddled. The bin collection is run by the councils, of which there are 333 or so just in England, not counting Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland. It must similarly be frustrating for packaging companies that would wish to get their packaging back for recycling.

Still, it is good news to see Greiner Packaging obtain a Sustainably Sourced Plastics Certification in Northern Ireland. This helps track the packages from recyclers to manufacturers and retailers. This comes only months after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approved the decontamination process used at its factory in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials. The company invested over £3.7 million into the PET decontamination and extrusion line to enable more use of recycled materials in the packages it makes, and has also received Forest Stewardship Council chain of custody certification for its entire set of facilities, which run to 30 plants in 13 countries. A very good job.

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