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Co-op to replace plastic bags with compostable carriers

Image copyright Co-op Image caption The bags will cost 5p and double as a compostable bag for food waste Compostable bags are to replace single-use plastic bags in more than half of Co-op stores, the…

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All the plastic you can and cannot recycle

Most people are trying their best to recycle plastic – but the many different ways in which recycling is collected by different councils has left people confused. What can be recycled and what can’t? We…


MPs and peers get compostable cups as Parliament goes plastic-free

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been growing concern about the effects of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans Compostable cutlery, coffee cups, salad boxes and straws are being introduced in Parliament as…


Cash use falls further as plastic payments rise

Image copyright Getty Images The value of purchases made by plastic now accounts for more than three-quarters of retail sales. Cash use fell a further 1% last year and now accounts for just 22% of…


Holt prefers plastic to grass at Livi

The Tony Macaroni Arena pitch throws up rubber pellets during the match against Hibs Livingston manager Gary Holt says he would choose the club’s artificial surface over a grass pitch. The West Lothian club laid…


The plastic smokers leave behind

Jason Alexander founded ‘Rubbish Walks’ to clean up his local area and beaches in Suffolk. He’s targeted cigarette butts, which, surprisingly to some, are mostly made of plastic, and collects thousands in a single outing….


Plastic waste bid to fuel hydrogen cars at Swansea University

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe process degrades the plastic and creates hydrogen as a result, says Dr Kuehnel Scientists have developed a way of turning plastic waste into hydrogen and hope…


Going plastic-free with kids: Tips to reduce your dependence

Reducing your dependence on plastics can be daunting, especially if you’ve got a young family. Blogger Mamalina gave us five easy tips to get you started. For more on cutting out plastic, the BBC has…


‘Firenado’ develops from plastic pallets blaze near Swadlincote

Firefighters have captured footage of a “firenado” – or fire whirl – while tackling a plastic pallets blaze in Derbyshire. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service posted a video of the rare force of nature on…


Plastic food pots and trays are often unrecyclable, say councils

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Councils are sending two thirds of plastic food tubs and trays to landfill Most of the plastic food trays that householders carefully wash out after use and put in…


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