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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


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.


Co-op calls on councils to sharpen focus on food waste reduction


The Co-op is calling on English local authorities to speed up the rollout of food waste collections from homes and to permit the use of compostable carrier bags as food waste bin liners, a move which it says would help it produce 60 million fewer plastic bags.


Scottish retailer rolls out local glass-bottled milk to second store


An independent retailer in Scotland has extended the sale of locally-produced glass-bottled milk - including a deposit return scheme - to her second Day Today store.

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Supermarkets in England report sharp decline in plastic bag sales


Year-on-year sales of plastic bags by the seven biggest supermarket groups in England fell by almost 50% in the 12 months to April, according to Defra.

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Defra announces next steps for DRS system in England and Wales


The government has confirmed it will consult on a proposed model for a Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers in England and Wales in 2020, ahead of implementation by 2023.

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Spar retailer set to introduce free water refill station


A Somerset-based Spar retailer is poised to introduce a free water refill station in store in a move he described as “inevitable”.

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Environment secretary backs “all in” Deposit Return Scheme


Environment secretary Michael Gove has backed a comprehensive Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers.

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Evolution Foods ditches plastic across natural snack range


Evolution Foods, the dried fruit, nuts and seeds producer, has launched a snacking range made with 100% plastic-free packaging.

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Cif offers shoppers refill option in eco-friendly move


Unilever is moving its Cif brand into new territory with an eco refill range, which allows consumers to re-use their trigger spray cleaning bottles

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Economic benefits of DRS highlighted as questions remain unanswered


An all-encompassing Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) would be eight times more beneficial to the UK economy than a more restricted ‘on the go’ system, government analysis has revealed – but questions over the in-store practicalities of a DRS remain unanswered.


Public urged to ditch plastic on National Refill Day


The UK public are being encouraged to put their words in to action on National Refill Day today (Wednesday), as a new poll published to mark the occasion revealed that three-quarters of respondents think single-use plastic should be socially unacceptable.


Sustainability: Green shoots of success


The move to plastic-free retailing may be in its infancy, but a growing number of store owners are proving how a willingness to embrace eco-friendly ideas can have a positive impact on both the planet and their profits. C-Store investigates some of the solutions.

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Convenience stores act on demand to reduce plastic use


Independent retailers are responding to growing local demand to take action on environmental sustainability, as the public spotlight continues to shine on plastic pollution.

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Network Rail launches sustainability stickers for retailers


Network Rail has introduced sustainability badges for retailers operating on its premises, as part of its ambition to be a market leader in sustainability.


Technology extending fruit & veg shelf life set for UK launch


A pioneering plant-derived formula that extends the shelf life of fruit and veg by up to four times is set to enter the UK grocery market.


Central England Co-op ditches single-use carrier bags


Central England Co-op has announced it has removed single-use carrier bags from its food stores to mark World Environment Day (Wednesday).

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Plastic products targeted on World Environment Day


Campaigners are urging global consumers to identify a product they would like to see go plastic free as part of World Environment Day today (Wednesday).

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Charities could receive £1bn from DRS deposits, survey reveals


One in five people (20%) using a UK-wide deposit return scheme would donate deposits levied on drinks containers to charity all of the time, according to a new survey commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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Campaigners call for participation in One Plastic Free Day


Environmental campaigners are calling on people across the world to participate in One Plastic Free Day on 5 June.


Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds to be banned in 2020


A ban on plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic stemmed cotton buds will come in to effect in England in April 2020, environment secretary Michael Gove has announced.


Store hails impact of glass milk bottle deposit return scheme


A James Retail Group c-store in Sheffield is hailing the impact of a deposit return scheme for glass milk bottles, after more than three in four bottles were returned in the first year and sales massively outstripped those of plastic milk bottles.


ACS urges small store exemption for DRS plans in England


The Association of Convenience Stores has urged the government to exempt small stores from its proposals for a Deposit Return Scheme in England and to limit collection methods to Reverse Vending Machines.


Leeds on-the-go recycling scheme extended following success


An on-the-go recycling scheme in Leeds city centre has been extended for a further six months after the proportion of people who disposed of target material in a recycling bin nearly doubled.


Campaigners unite in call for global Deposit Return Schemes


A global network of environmental campaigners is calling for world-wide deposit return systems for drinks containers, as part of an international day of action taking place today (9 May).

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Scottish Deposit Return Scheme to apply to all retailers


A Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for Scotland will include glass, plastic and aluminium drinks containers of all sizes and will apply to all retailers, the Scottish government announced on Wednesday (8 May).