• High-tech public bottle refill stations debut at Scottish Parliament  

    By Vending International on November 5, 2018
    Scottish Water has unveiled the first of its new purpose-built ‘Top up Taps’ outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh today.  The public refill stations will be rolled out in around 30 towns and cities throughout Scotland over the next two years, encouraging people to top up their refillable bottles whilst on the go. The Top up Taps are part of […]
  • Shmoo switches to paper straws

    By Vending International on October 22, 2018
    In a bid to help reduce waste created by single-use plastics, Shmoo has decided to part ways with plastic straws from the end of this year. Karen Green, marketing manager at Aimia Foods said: “To be able to do our bit in terms of helping the environment, whilst supporting a local business, is something that the Shmoo team is tremendously […]
  • Gunwharf Quays to lead the way for coffee cup recycling in Portsmouth

    By Vending International on October 19, 2018
    Launching in line with Green Great Britain Week, Gunwharf Quays is set to be the first location in Portsmouth to offer coffee cup recycling. Gunwharf Quays and Gosport based packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki have partnered up to tackle recycling used paper coffee cups. Gunwharf Quays will offer shoppers an opportunity to recycle their coffee cups, with purpose-fitted bins located throughout the […]
  • Vending under threat from proposed single use plastic tax

    By Vending International on October 16, 2018
    The Automatic Vending Association, AVA, is warning that any levy or tax on vending cups as part of the introduction of a single use plastic tax could have a severe negative impact on this successful industry. The UK’s vending operating sector alone employs around 24,500 people. Even more people are employed by manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers involved with the supply […]
  • Nestlé pledges increase in recycled plastics in the EU

    By Vending International on October 2, 2018
    Nestlé has pledged to make a significant increase in the amount of recycled plastics it uses in some of its packaging in the European Union. By 2025, bottles, PET layer in laminates, caps on glass jars and tins, trays for meat products and shrink films for display trays will all contain at least between 25% and 50% recycled material, depending on the […]
  • Huhtamaki introduces new QR code recycling initiative

    By Vending International on September 24, 2018
    Cup manufacture Huhtamaki has launched an initiative aiming to increase cup recycling within the UK. Whilst using the new specialty cups (single wall hot cups and paper vending cups), consumers will also notice a message to ‘please recycle this cup’ and a QR code that can be scanned by a mobile phone which will lead the consumer to a web […]
  • Reverse vending scheme targets used plastic bottles

    By Vending International on August 28, 2018
    Coca-Cola Great Britain has announced a partnership with Merlin Entertainments, to offer people 50 per cent off entry to some of the UK’s most popular family attractions, in exchange for used plastic drink bottles. This comes following research by Coca-Cola Great Britain, revealing 64 per cent of Brits would recycle more on-the-go if they were rewarded instantly for their actions. The trial will […]
  • Edible straws can now be customised

    By Vending International on August 16, 2018
    Disposables manufacturer and supplier, Herald, is offering a customised version of its edible straw. Club, bar, venue and events managers, along with caterers and food to go suppliers, can now order printed versions of the straw. The UK’s sole supplier, Herald introduced the edible straw over 12 months ago to an appreciative audience affected by the publicity surrounding the damage […]
  • AVA to respond to Scottish consultation

    By Vending International on July 4, 2018
    The Scottish government has published a consultation on what the format and structure of a deposit return scheme should look like in Scotland. The government has pledged to match the EU’s commitment to require all plastic packaging to be 100% recyclable by 2030. Meanwhile the Automatic Vending Association (AVA) says it plans to formulate its response before the September deadline […]
  • Plastic debate taken to Number 10

    By Vending International on June 8, 2018
    Harrogate Water has taken the case for recyclable plastic bottles to 10 Downing Street and warned of the unintended health consequences of demonising bottled water as ‘single use’. The company says it has intervened in the debate at the highest level to add balance and context to what it believes has become a one-sided argument against all plastic, including PET […]