Few products contain recycled plastics – are consumers part of the problem?

Recycled plastics can be less aesthetically pleasing. Consumer expectation and technical issues make increasing recycled plastic content an uphill challenge

Straws lodged in turtle’s nostrils and plastic bags clogging city streets – the world is oversaturated with waste plastic and the issue has reached fever pitch. Increasing the amount of recycled plastic in products could go some way towards reining in ever-higher volumes entering the environment.

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Source: The Guardian

Nespresso bid to recycle coffee pods

The coffee company Nespresso – part of the Swiss multinational Nestlé – is to trial a scheme to make it easier for consumers to recycle their used aluminium capsules in the UK, in the face of a growing environmental backlash against increasingly popular single-serve pods, many of which end up in landfill.

A six-month pilot, starting this week in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will allow Nespresso Club members to recycle their used capsules through their council household recycling service, using special purple bags provided by the company. The borough’s 190,000 residents will only be able to put out capsules made by Nespresso.

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Source: The Guardian

Coca-Cola U-turn could help UK catch up on can and bottle recycling

More firms are expected to announce bottle deposit return services after Coca-Cola unexpectedly came out in favour of the idea.

Pepsi, Nestlé, Unilever and M&S have already committed to producing more eco-friendly bottles by using plant-based materials or less plastic, and an uptick in that trend could now be on the cards.

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Source: The Guardian

IBM Recycles 97% of End-of-Life Products

IBM recycled, reused or resold almost 97 percent of the end-of-life products it collected for processing last year, according to the tech giant’s 25th annual corporate sustainability report.

In its other waste and recycling accomplishments, IBM sent 86 percent of the nonhazardous waste it generated worldwide in 2014 to be recycled, and purchased recycled plastics for use in products such that 12.1 percent of purchased plastic by weight were recycled resins.

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Source: Environmental Leader