Iceland Supermarket Chain Aims To Be Plastic Free By 2023

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Iceland supermarket chain aims to be plastic free by 2023 Iceland has committed to become the first major retailer to eliminate plastic packaging from its own-brand products by the end of 2023.

The retailer plans to use the latest technologies to create a range of packaging comprising paper and pulp trays along with paper bags which are fully recyclable through domestic waste collection or in-store recycling facilities.

Iceland, which has already removed plastic straws from its own-label range, says new food ranges with paper-based food trays will start hitting shelves in early 2018.

Richard Walker, Iceland managing director, said: “The onus is on retailers, as leading contributors to plastic packaging pollution and waste, to take a stand and deliver meaningful change. Other supermarkets, and the retail industry as a whole, should follow suit and offer similar commitments during 2018. This is a time for collaboration.

“There really is no excuse any more for excessive packaging that creates needless waste and damages our environment. The technologies and practicalities to create less environmentally harmful alternatives exist, and so Iceland is putting a stake in the ground.

“In tandem, we will also ensure that all our packaging is fully recyclable and that it is actually recycled, through our support for initiatives such as a bottle Deposit Return Scheme.”

Iceland said it has consulted regularly with Greenpeace on the subject. The environmental group’s executive director John Sauven said: “Last month a long list of former heads of Britain’s biggest retail groups wrote a joint statement to explain that the only solution to plastic pollution was for retailers to reject plastic entirely in favour of more sustainable alternatives like recycled paper, steel, glass and aluminium.

“Now Iceland has taken up that challenge with its bold pledge to go plastic free within five years. It’s now up to other retailers and food producers to respond to that challenge. The tidal wave of plastic pollution will only start to recede when they turn off the tap. They know the scale of systemic change we need, and yet their responses have been timid and piecemeal. Iceland has offered a more radical solution that shows the way forward for the sector.”

What to put in your recycling bin this Christmas

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Confused about what you should be recycling this Christmas?

Did you know items such as metal biscuit and sweet tins, cardboard delivery and toy boxes*, cards and envelopes can all be recycled in your kerbside collection?

However, wrapping paper, which contains foil, and moulded plastic packaging, such as toy packaging, cannot be recycled.

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Economy and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby, said: “Christmas is always a busy time of the year but we are trying to remind people of a couple of extra items they can pop in their recycling bin. If we recycled just 10% more plain paper, we could save five million trees a year – every bit counts.

“With all the extra packaging at this time of year, remember that if your own recycling bin starts to overflow you can take lots of items to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC). Please take empty bottles to your local bottle bank.”

Please check with your local district, borough or city council to see if there are any changes to your bin collection days over the festive period or visit:

Your local Household Waste Recycling Centre is open seven days a week except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

For more hints and tips about recycling visit:

Southern Water Says Fixing Leaks is a Gift

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Southern Water has wrapped up a £2 million present for its water customers - during 2018 they will be fixing leaks between customers' front doors and their water mains for free.

The offer covers one fix per property during the year, to help save precious water and increase the region's resilience following last year’s dry winter and the very dry autumn we have just experienced.

Ian McAulay, Southern Water chief executive, said: “Our customers are already among the most water efficient in the country but we are always asking them to do more - in fact I have set a target of using just 100 litres per person per day by 2040 from 130 litres today. But if we’re asking our customers for help, it’s only right that we play our part too. We want to do everything we can to reduce wasted water, and offering to fix any leaking pipes which would previously have cost our customers money is a great way to confirm our commitment to saving as much water as we possibly can.'

Southern Water already spends £14 million a year finding and fixing leaks, and the company has almost 100 dedicated teams searching for leaks 24/7.

Customers have long been aware that they are responsible for fixing leaks inside their homes but not everyone realises the supply pipe from the Southern Water mains to the property door is also their responsibility.

The scheme will run throughout 2018. Although burst pipes are associated with the winter, the leaks they cause are usually more noticeable in the summer months.

'This is an excellent way to thank our customers for their hard work in cutting water usage. It is something that we have done historically and with the possibility of drought conditions in parts of the Southern Water region, we hope this scheme will also make a difference,' said Helen Simonian, wholesale water services director.

B&Q Issue Urgent Product Recall Over Fire Risk

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B&Q have issued an urgent product recall on their remote control on/off sets due to a potential fire risk.

A statement on their website reads:

IMPORTANT! B&Q has identified a potential fire risk with the REMOTE CONTROL ON/OFF SETS below which have shown excessive heat build-up in the plug of some units.

We have taken the decision to recall the products as in some circumstances, items in contact with the product could ignite.

If you have purchased these products please stop using it immediately.

REMOTE CONTROL ON/OFF SET TWIN - Barcode 5052931395033 REMOTE CONTROL ON/OFF SET TRIPLE - Barcode 4895130705675

The products were on sale between September 2014 and November 2017.

If you have purchased this product please switch off at the wall and return it to your local store where a refund to the value of your purchase will be given. For any queries, please contact the helpline:

UK: 0300 303 4482 ROI: 1800 946 327*