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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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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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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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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How Is Plastic Recycled?

There are many different types of polymers used to produce plastic. This makes it more difficult to process than other materials, because each type must be sorted separately. Due to the lightweight nature of most plastics, a large sum needs to be collected to make it economically viable to do so. Most collection schemes, therefore, …..

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A long road ahead

We’ve got a long road ahead of us before we can say that the planet is safe from plastic pollution. Have you started taking action to eliminate your contribution to the problem? The UK Plastics Pact is made up of around 68 business from different industries and sectors. WRAP estimates that these members are responsible …..

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What led to the single-use craze?

It seems like out of nowhere that everybody began jumping on the green bandwagon this year boasting about their green products, circular initiatives and action against single use plastics. Somebody’s eyes must have been opened somewhere along the line… One of the first eye openers in recent years was the introduction of the plastic bag …..

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Just a drop in the ocean

Have we gotten to the point where simply recycling won’t be enough to reverse the problems that we’ve already created? Our seas are now filled by 8m tonnes of plastic every single year, however, the tide is turning. More than 6.3bn tonnes of plastic waste has been produced since the 1950s, of which, more than …..

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Human Extinction On The Agenda

According to experts, plastic pollution will have a catastrophic impact on the human race if change isn’t made immediately. This news comes as a result of the evidence gathered during the Volvo Ocean Race – an extreme sailing event that happened around the world, during which samples were taken from every part of the ocean, …..

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