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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.

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ACS launches key retailer advice on offering water refills in store


Retailers considering the installation of a water refill service for customers can now access new ACS Assured Advice on how best to do so.

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Scotland announces plans for ‘latte levy’ on single use drinks cups


The Scottish government has announced plans to introduce a so-called ‘latte levy’ on single use drinks cups.


Manual DRS trial highlights serious glass challenges for c-stores


The Scottish government is being urged to remove glass from its Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) after a convenience store trial revealed serious challenges and health and safety hazards for staff.


Customers show support for ethical c-store over olive oil blunder


Independent ethical retailer Hisbe has been “blown away” by the support of its local customers after it was reprimanded by the authorities for unwittingly breaking the law and selling extra virgin olive oil on tap.


Simply Fresh unveils ‘unpacked’ design to encourage plastic reduction

2019-10-01T08:44:00+01:00By Christian Fuller

Simply Fresh has launched an initiative that aims to remove all packaging from the front of its stores.


Government urged to back new ‘Recycled Plastic Rating’ trust mark


The government is being urged to enforce a new ‘Recycled Plastic Rating’ (RPR) trust mark on all packaging to give consumers more clarity about the plastic content of products.

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Scottish store owners mull over Deposit Return Scheme proposals


Scottish c-store retailers are deliberating how they can participate in the country’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), as proposed legislation was laid before parliament last week.

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Scottish retailers can apply for Deposit Return Scheme exemption


Scottish retailers will be able to apply for an exemption from collecting empty drinks packaging under the country’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), according to the proposed regulations laid before the Scottish Parliament yesterday.


Brighton store Hisbe adds tea dispensers to plastic-free offer


Ethical Brighton supermarket Hisbe has added tea to the fast-growing range of products it sells loose from dispensers.

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Iceland reveals “extremely positive” RVM trial results


Iceland has recycled more than one million plastic bottles since the start of its Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) trials in five stores last May.

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Scottish retailer fits new ‘all in’ reverse vending machine

2019-08-19T09:37:00+01:00By Christian Fuller

Convenience retailer Mo Razzaq has installed a new reverse vending machine (RVM) which accepts glass, as-well as PET plastic bottles and drinks cans, in his Family Shopper store in Blantyre, Scotland.