A report from Sky News highlighted a damning report showing the largest soft drinks brands use very little recycled plastic in their single use plastic bottles. The first comprehensive survey of plastic usage policies of the largest global soft drinks brands has found they use less than 7% recycled plastic in their bottles or other plastic products.
The survey also found that five of the big six companies sell a combined total of 2.16 million tonnes of plastic bottles a year. Louise Edge, Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner, told Sky News: “There’s a huge problem with plastic waste in our oceans. “We know that 12 million tonnes of plastic are ending up in our oceans every year. “To give you context that’s a dumper truck of plastic going into our oceans every minute.” A huge amount of that is comprised of single use plastic bottles. In terms of the impact plastic is having, its entangling and choking bigger creatures like turtles, sea birds and is affecting even whales.
Some of the companies named in the report and who are responsible for a vast amount of plastic going into the oceans every year include Coca Cola, Danone, Nestle and PepsiCo. Download or Read Full Report…
In a report by Ann Cahill in the Irish Examiner, major changes are on the way by the EU to enforce more recycling and put an end to the throwaway culture of modern society. Plans include maximum recycling to get the most value out of every raw material used in virtually all products, redesigning products to make sure they do not become obsolete in a few years and better design to make goods easy to repair…More
According to a report in the Irish Examiner, a number of Councillors from North Cork are demanding a get-tough policy on litter louts after hearing about increased dumping in rural areas and the underutilisation of some recycling centres. Independent Councillor Tim Collins said special squads of council workers were picking up tonnes of litter on roadsides, particularly around Mallow and Kanturk and that was an indication of how bad things have got…More
A new business in Dublin which collects garden waste from surrounding communities, then turns into valuable garden mulch, starts by shredding the green waste really finely in a huge shredder. The shredded waste is then packed away and left to ferment. It naturally starts to heat up as its own bacteria gets to work and is agitated every ten days. The resultant garden mulch material is then screened, any excess cleaned away and the end product is pure compost…Read More (PDF)