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Can you identify your plastics?

We have a new resource on our website.

The Plastic Resin Identification Code

Do you know the 7 Plastic Resin Identification Codes?

You may have already noticed the little triangles on your plastic packages, but do you know what they mean? Most people think it just means that the item is recyclable, but this is not the case. Inside those triangles are numbers. 1 – 6  represent the type of plastic that has been used. And number 7 is then a general one which is when the plastic has been lumped together. We have created this Plastic Resin Identification Code chart so that you can quickly identify the plastics you are using.

You can download the chart here and use it and educate other people. Why not test your colleagues to see if they know what plastic their water bottle is made from?

We will be explaining this chart in more detail for you, so watch this space.

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Beach filled with man made rubbish

Tips and Tricks to recycling – small steps to saving our planet.

 

 

You see the news reports, you read about it online, you see the effects we have on our planet.

Now, how can we help save it? Well, in this blog we’re going to give you a few of our favourite tips and tricks to recycling.

 

One straightforward method is to reduce the amount of paper which you use. You can make use of both sides of the paper, most printers now days will come with the option to print on both sides, halving the amount of paper which you use. Imagine how much paper would be saved if everyone started doing this!

 

Paper Stack

Paper Stack – image credit to products.ricoh.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about trying to make your fruit juices and smoothies instead of buying cartons and bottles? We think this is a great idea. You could even go the extra mile and purchase the fruit from your local market, which will really reduce the amount of plastic you’re using.

 

 

 

Different fruit juices

Fruit juices – image credit to www.medicalnewstoday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another one is to switch to a “litter-less lunch.” Now I know what you’re thinking, how is that possible? Small things such as not using plastic or paper bags to take your lunch into work. Instead, invest in a plastic or tin lunch box. You can also buy a refillable water bottle instead of buying lots of bottled water.

 

Different colour lunch boxes

Tin lunch boxes – image credit to www.aliexpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This brings us onto another tip, instead of buying lots of coffee cups from places like Costa or Starbucks, buy one of their reusable cups. Did you know you can also upcycle your coffee cups into other useful items, such as a makeup brush or pen holder. Just clean and redecorate the cup! For more cool upcycling ideas, check out our blog: How to upcycle. You can also give up plastic bottled water by buying a reusable water bottle!

Reusable coffee cup

Reusable coffee cup – image credit to www.pengalaman.co

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know you can recycle water too? Well, you do now! For example, if you have boiled some pasta in a pot, use it to water your plants instead of just throwing it away. Wait until it has cooled down first though of course!

Check out this cool upcycled old table, turned into a plant bed:

Upcycled plant bed

Upcycled plant bed – image credit to savvygardening.com

 

 

Say no to plastic bags at the supermarket and invest in reusable shopping bags. They’re relatively easy to get a hold of and in addition to saving the environment, can save you money even if it is just 5p per plastic bag.

Different colour reusable shopping bags

Shopping bags – image credit to www.dhgate.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any examples of some recycling you’ve done yourself? Make sure you post it on your social media and tag us, our accounts are below. We’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

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Plastic Tax is coming, our Summary of the Consultation Document

Taxing those who create plastic waste is a hot topic, the UK Government has set its sights on business to set the standard and those who fall short will pay the price.

The Plastic Tax consultation documents that the UK government have published directly targets the companies who make use of difficult to recycle plastics. Making use of plastics with a less than 30% recycled content will attract a new tax, the Plastic Tax.

It is deemed that those who make use of plastics from recyclable materials will be either exempt or pay a lower tax.

Users of plastic packaging have for a long time now sought out recycled content packaging but not everything we handle is actually made from recycled materials, many everyday food packaging plastics are indeed from virgin materials, unrecycled content and how recyclable are they when we throw them away were not quite sure. Every household across the UK is throwing that material away leaving it in the hands of the local councils to recycle as much as possible.

Brand owners will now have to contribute to the costly collection and recycling of our household waste in this new hotly debated Plastic Tax.

One very clear sentiment from the consultation is to ensure your businesses packaging contains at the very least 30% of recycled material.

We still have some time until the Plastic Tax will affect us as the plan is to introduce the Plastic Tax in April 2022, until then we will keep our blogs updated with news and articles to help, please call us or email us for more information or a copy of our detailed summary of The Plastic Tax Consultation Papers.

If you would like more help and support to recycle more of your businesses waste then we can help, our recycling team has decades of experience across multiple industries, and waste types, we have UK disposal and recycling markets that are industry leading so speak with us today. On the phone, by email or read over our waste management web pages for more information.