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ecoVeritas team receive their Hogwarts letters

Last week the ecoVeritas team embarked on an eagerly awaited excursion to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, located in a magical universe just off the M25, in Leavesden, near Watford. Having recently introduced Richard to the first of the Harry Potter films, it was fitting that the team away day sought further immersion into the…

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Lib Dems call for a Coffee Cup Levy

After the success of the 5p charge for plastic bags in reducing disposable bag usage, the Liberal Democrats have called for a similar levy against disposable coffee cups.  The problem of disposable coffee cups has recently been drawn to public attention through Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s “War on waste”.  Fearnley-Whittingstall has highlighted the extent of coffee cup…

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French Law Bans Supermarket Food Waste

As of July this year, French supermarkets with a footprint of over 400 square meters are banned by law from throwing away or deliberately spoiling unsold food. Instead, unsold food must be donated to charities and food banks enabling wastage from large food retailers to be reduced. This new legislation aims to tackle both food…

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The Implications of Brexit for Producer Responsibility in the UK

As we are all aware, earlier in the summer the UK had a referendum on whether it should remain a member of the European Union (EU) and voted to leave with a marginal majority of 51.9%. The implications of this will be far reaching politically and economically and this post aims to give a little…

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Waitrose will no longer stock products containing microbeads

Starting this month, Waitrose, one of ecoVeritas’ largest clients, has pledged that it will no longer sell products containing microbeads. It is the first supermarket to take this step and builds on the fact that they’ve already removed them from their own-brand beauty products. Microbeads are miniscule pieces of plastic that are added into many…

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ecoVeritas team goes to Millets Farm

  Last weekend, in honour of Freya’s birthday the ecoVeritas team spent a day at Millets Farm, a garden centre just outside of Oxford. The team first successfully navigated the Maize Maze, a challenging and in some areas very tall network of crops beholding jewels and treasure. Finding all of the clues in just short…

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ecoVeritas has joined the Global Product Stewardship Council

ecoVeritas has become a member of the Global Product Stewardship Council (GPSC), an independent, not-for-profit forum for product stewardship development and an online resource for information on the development of extended producer responsibility programs around the world. The GPSC aims to facilitate the development and implementation of effective product stewardship schemes globally through working with…

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Product stewardship programs in Canada

Packaging product stewardship programmes (the North American name for extended producer responsibility) have been in action in Canada since the 1970s, with the first being the beverage container recovery system in British Columbia. There has been a general increase in the number of Canadian EPR programs since, with significant growth in the past 5 years, and…

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Packaging Recycling Targets: DEFRA Consults Industry

DEFRA has published a consultation regarding the potential amendment of the plastic and glass packaging recycling business targets for 2016-2020. Those businesses and bodies affected by the Packaging Waste Regulations have been invited to give their responses. A recent market report found that there has been much less plastic packaging placed on the market than…

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A Year of Ups and Downs: A Volatile 2015 for PRNS

In a year that saw plastic and aluminium PRN (Packaging Recovery Notes) prices eclipse £70 per tonne and steel prices approaching if not exceeding £50 per tonne, 2015 could be described as one of the most volatile years in the past decade.  A number of factors affected the UK’s recycling costs in 2015 including: changes…

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