A Recyclable Product Isn’t Always a Sustainable Product!

It’s important to note that just because something has a recycling label on it doesn’t actually mean that it CAN or WILL be recycled. This is why its also vitally important for you to choose your recycling partners carefully, or you could end up in DEEP trouble. If you take a look at any plastic …..

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Recycling Isn’t ‘Just Another Expense’

You might have arrived on this page looking for a UK toner cartridge recycling service as you’ve been told that they’re now classed as WEEE Waste and MUST now be recycled. Unfortunately for you, this is a cost that you’re going to have to incur now and for the foreseeable future. Great – yet another …..

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Has the Future of Recycling Just Arrived?

The solution to global pollution could be just around the corner, according to Professor Hal Alper, of The University of Texas at Austin. This so called ‘solution’ has arrived in the form of a ‘pac-man’ protein’ that gobbles up plastic and breaks it down, leading to hopes that this could end billions of waste from entering landfills …..

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Will a second lockdown affect recycling even further?

This weekend the Government announced that Britain will head into its second national lockdown on Thursday 5th November. Having already seen recycling rates decrease, fly-tipping increase and multiple recycling sites close during the first lockdown, will this time around be any different? Only a week ago local councils claim to have set out a strategy …..

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Working from home? Make your office sustainable!

A large majority of the country are working from home, most likely for the foreseeable future. In one way, this is fantastic as it reduces travelling miles for employees and therefore reduces pollution and other negative environmental impacts associated with travelling to work, but sustainability efforts shouldn’t stop there. Whilst many large businesses had their …..

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Most plastic will never be recycled – but who’s to blame?

It’s no secret that oil and gas companies make far more money creating new plastic than they would reusing older plastic – so where’s the incentive for them to do so? The only issue here is that the public are often on the receiving end of the blame for all the excess plastic on our …..

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UK Government Outlines Circular Economy Package

As we near the end of the transition period for Brexit, the UK Government has outlined plans for a circular economy package (CEP). – But will it be enough and will it be attainable? The CEP outlines a plan to recycle 65% of municipal waste by 2035 alongside ‘measures to reduce the amount of waste …..

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Councils face surge in flytipping

The number of flytipping reports has increased drastically due to the impact of covid 19 as recycling centres across the UK have closed down, leaving mountains of cardboard and plastic packaging to mount up outside recycling centres. Flytipping has increased by up to 300% in some areas after a large number of local authorities have …..

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‘Remove the cause not the symptoms’ say experts

According to a new report, the Government’s current approach “completely fails” to deal with the root cause of the plastic problem. Some of the major initiatives that have been implemented by the Government include addressing individual uses of plastic, including plastic bags and microbeads, however, a report by Green Alliance suggests that while banning individual items …..

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There’s More Plastic On The Way!

Everything has consequences, but a lot of the time it seems like far too often the planet and environment are on the receiving end of negative consequences. The recent boom in fracking has caused the reduction of gas prices as supply has increased, however, this means that fossil fuel companies will lose out. As a …..

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The Greener Side return from Paperworld 2020 with another award to their name

Our award cabinet became a little fuller following our return from this year’s Paperworld exhibition with the addition of The Collector of the Year Award. We’re delighted to receive this award following an already incredibly successful year. Operations Director Adam Lighton went on to say “We’re very pleased that we were able to add to …..

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Are the UK struggling with their plastic addiction?

Recent news reports suggest that the UK are still having issues in finding final destinations for their single-use plastic. It was announced on the 20th January by Malaysia’s Environment Minister that 150 containers full of plastic waste were shipped back to a number of countries. In total, the containers hold 3,737 tonnes of plastic waste …..

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How are we going to deal with all of our waste?

Bans and restrictions on plastic imports are forcing European countries to innovate and improve their own waste handling capabilities and capacities. The UK are one of the biggest culprits for sending much of its’ waste abroad to countries such as China, Malaysia and Vietnam, however, these countries have, or soon will implement a no waste …..

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How Will Brexit Affect UK Recycling?

No, we’re not done with Brexit yet. The economy and immigration are the most discussed topics surrounding Brexit, but what about recycling? UK recycling has certainly improved over the last ten years, but that can be attributed to rather strict EU legislation and recycling targets. In fact, roughly 80% of the UK’s environmental legislation has …..

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The Challenge of Going Green

If you’re reading this, all credit goes to you as going green isn’t the simplest of tasks, but first off – what’s the point in going green in the first place? Going green in whatever context or form you choose is the right step to take. Ultimately, most businesses see ‘going green’ as making the …..

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How Can My Company Setup Its Own Recycling Service?

If you’re reading this, we’re glad, because that means you share some of the same values as we do. Providing a recycling service enables you to contribute to the reduction of a number of organisations carbon footprints while simultaneously reducing their impact on climate change and promoting a circular economy. Despite all of this, setting …..

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The Greener Side Wins Another Award!

We’re delighted to announce that The Greener Side has received yet another award in 2019. This is the second consecutive year that the company has received an award for ‘Best Printer Cartridge Recycling Specialist’ awarded to us by BUILD Magazine. The magazine explained that awards are given to those who show “Dedication and excellence towards …..

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Is chemical recycling the latest circular solution?

Climate change and the circular economy is a hot topic right now, and the successful use of chemical recycling for plastic has presented a new opportunity, however, its use in an profitable and industrial sense is at least ten years away according to Rob De Ruiter, a recycling specialist who spoke at the Bureau of …..

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The Shocking Truth Behind Your Luxury Toilet Paper

Strong awareness has been made about the damage of single use plastics and a fast fashion lifestyle. However, there is one product used daily that has not had much conversation over sustainability: toilet paper. The average four person household in America uses over 100 pounds of toilet paper a year. America’s use of toilet paper, …..

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Scotland’s Recycling Exceeds Landfill For The First Time

Scotland’s authorities recorded a recycle and compost rate of 45.6% for household waste in 2017 – figures published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on 26 March, 2019 have indicated. This is a slight increase over the 45% recorded in 2016 – but councils still fall short of the target level set by Scottish Government …..

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