• Gove acts on plastic straws and stirrers

    By Vending International on May 22, 2019
    Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers, and plastic stemmed cotton buds in England, following overwhelming public support for the move. Following an open consultation, a ban on the supply of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds will come into force in April 2020. The ban will include exemptions to ensure that those […]
  • Reverse vending at Kings Cross

    By Vending International on March 15, 2019
    A reverse vending machine designed to accept plastic bottles and aluminium cans has been unveiled at King’s Cross in central London by the UK’s leading recycling group Veolia and restaurant chain LEON. Backed by research which shows 81% of people would go out their way to deposit a bottle or can, the pilot will operate for six months to encourage […]
  • Fillbee makes the final

    By Vending International on March 3, 2019
    DS Smith Plastics’ Fillbee is a finalist at the World Food Innovation Awards in the Best Sustainable Packaging category.   Fillbee, a ‘zero waste’ returnable beverage pack for four or six bottles, was designed to eliminate wrapping packaging for beverages, promote the reuse of bottles and improve the collection rate of cans. The retail-ready packaging encourages ease of reuse for […]
  • UK government consults on proposed plastic packaging tax

    By Vending International on February 21, 2019
    The UK government has called for views on the introduction of new plastic packaging taxes and more stringent rules for packaging producers, in a move towards a more circular economy. The 12-week consultation process is building towards a scenario where the costs of recycling will be borne by producers of packaging waste who currently pay around 10 per cent of […]
  • AVA to work with DEFRA

    By Vending International on February 8, 2019
    The Automatic Vending Association met with Alex Hattersley, a policy advisor in energy and transport at HM Treasury and Silas Gedner, an advisor for the policy group at DEFRA, to discuss paper cups and plastic in vending this week. The AVA Environment Committee took the opportunity to showcase the steps already taken in collection and recycling within vending circles. A […]
  • Global brands set to join the big plastics debate

    By Vending International on February 8, 2019
    Experts from some of the world’s biggest brands, including Marks & Spencer, Pepsi Lipton and Church & Dwight Co., together with British Plastics Federation, A Plastic Planet and WRAP, will come together under one roof at Packaging Innovations 2019 to tackle the industry’s most contentious issue – plastics in packaging. The Big Plastics Debate, which will be hosted on the […]
  • 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 […]