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Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme delayed until July 2022


Scotland has delayed the implementation of its Deposit Return Scheme until July 2022 due to fears over the impact of the coronavirus.

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Food waste app Gander drives up sales of reduced-priced items in NI


The introduction of food waste app Gander in Northern Ireland has resulted in a 45% increase in sales of reduced-price food in the country, according to the app’s founders.


A cost-neutral scheme for plastic

2020-03-05T14:26:00+00:00By James Lowman

The Environment Bill, which first made an appearance in the Queen’s Speech, made its long-awaited return to Parliament at the start of this year and more recently had its Second Reading, writes James Lowman of ACS.

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Lincolnshire Co-op rewards customers who use reusable cups

2020-03-02T09:02:00+00:00By Helen Gilbert

Lincolnshire Co-op is encouraging membership card-holders to “help the environment” by rewarding them with 25p every time they use a reusable cup to purchase their hot drinks.


Stores' Deposit Return Scheme concerns raised in Westminster debate


Parliament heard concerns about the impact of a Deposit Return Scheme on small retailers in England and Wales during the second reading of the Environment Bill yesterday (26 February).

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Taking a swipe at food waste


Could mobile phone technology hold the answer to cutting food waste? C-Store talks to retailers such as Hendersons who are seeing success from apps that help sell-through reduced lines

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Co-op launches TV ad showcasing recyclable packaging credentials


A new TV advert from the Co-op Group highlights the benefits to the environment of its recyclable pizza packaging.

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Support for ‘all-in’ Deposit Return Scheme grows among Scottish consumers


Three-quarters of Scottish consumers believe that all drinks containers, including metal cans, plastic and glass bottles, coffee cups, cartons and pouches, should be included in Scotland’s deposit return scheme (DRS), a new survey of 1,019 Scots has found.

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Refillable solutions: Thrill and spills


There’s a huge public appetite for reducing plastic in retail, but there’s more to establishing a successful refillable solution than meets the eye. C-Store looks at the issues to consider


Ethical retailer Hisbe crowd-funds to help open second store


Ethical supermarket Hisbe is seeking to raise £450,000 via a new crowd-funding campaign to help it launch a second store in the West Sussex town of Worthing this spring.


A.F. Blakemore reports early success from trial of food waste app


A.F. Blakemore has saved 500 bags of food from being wasted in the first week of trialling the food waste app Too Good to Go at 15 of its Spar stores.

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Legislation to introduce Deposit Return Scheme in England enters Parliament


Powers to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme in England and set new charges for single-use plastic items will be included in the Environment Bill, which is being introduced to Parliament today (30 January).

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New Reverse Vending Machine designed for small stores


A new Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) has been designed specifically for small stores ahead of the Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland.


MSPs call for more details on proposed Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland


Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have called for more detail from the Scottish government on its proposed Deposit Return Scheme, including further clarity on handling fees and manual returns.

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Value refill solution designed to help stores join eco revolution


Convenience retailers keen to join the “refill revolution” are being offered a new route in, with the help of new social enterprise LocoSoco which offers a wide range of refillable household products at value price points.

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Blakemore Retail signs up 68 company-owned Spar stores to water refill app


Blakemore Retail has registered 68 of its company-owned Spar stores on the Refill app, which enables people to search for places where they can fill up water bottles for free and avoid the need to buy a plastic bottle.

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Most grocery shoppers influenced by brands’ eco policies, says Kantar


More than three-quarters (77%) of UK grocery shoppers have switched, avoided or boycotted certain products - or would consider doing so in the future - because of the brands’ environmental policies, according to new research by global analyst firm Kantar.


Nisa urges retailers to sign up to fast-growing food waste app


Nisa is encouraging its members to sign up to a fast-growing app that helps retailers reduce food waste, recover costs for unsold stock, and potentially gain new customers.

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Ethical c-store elevates war on waste with cup ban and paper bag charge


Sustainable independent retailer Hisbe is hoping to accelerate the reuse revolution by ending the sale of single-use coffee cups from January and calling on other retailers to join its campaign.

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Surge in sales of throwaway plastic 'bags for life', report reveals


Sales of plastic-packed ‘bags for life’ have soared by 30% in the past year as UK shoppers increasingly buy them as replacements for single-use bags, a new study by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Greenpeace has revealed.

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Retailers urged to offer water refill stations as plastic bottle sales surge


Retailers are being challenged to reduce plastic water bottle sales by introducing refill stations, as new figures reveal that supermarket sales of plastic water bottles have risen 8.2% year on year.


Coca-Cola multipack cans to go plastic-free in waste reduction drive


Coca-Cola multipack cans across Europe are soon to be fitted with a new recyclable paperboard topper which will replace plastic shrink film, in a bid to drive down packaging waste. 

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ACS calls for DRS clarity in Scottish Parliament evidence session


The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the Scottish government to ensure the proposed Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) is “workable” for local shops, while giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament.

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Retailers challenge suppliers to devise plastic-free packaging


The Co-op Group has challenged suppliers in the food to go category to work with the retailer to devise new forms of packaging allowing shoppers to eat on the go without utilising single-use plastic.

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Industry makes “good progress” in helping households cut food waste


UK supermarkets and major food brands have made “good progress” in helping households cut food waste, with a quarter of all pre-packed fresh produce now carrying no date label, in line with latest guidance.

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Scotmid Co-operative opens first refill station at Stockbridge store


Scotmid Co-operative is trialling its first-ever refill station at its Stockbridge store in Edinburgh.


Asda to trial the sale of goods in refillable containers


Asda is to trial the sale of a range of products in refillable containers as part of a wider move to avoid the use of approximately 19,500 tonnes of ‘virgin’ plastic by the end of 2020.


Manufacturers urged to act on plastic-free revolution


The UK’s big brand manufacturers must to step up their efforts to reduce packaging waste and join the plastic-free revolution, retailers claim.


Scottish stores will not face business rates hikes on Reverse Vending Machines


Scottish store owners who install reverse vending machines (RVMs) under the impending Deposit Return Scheme will not face a hike in business rates, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.


Thornton’s Budgens urges manufacturer support after adding 200 unpackaged lines


North London retailer Andrew Thornton has renewed calls for major manufacturers to “get on board” his plastic-free revolution after unveiling an ‘unpackaged’ range of 200 products in his Thornton’s Budgens store.