• 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 […]
  • 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 […]