Archive for August, 2012

Councils Aim for Gold for Glass Recycling

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Following the success of the Olympics, a number of councils across the UK are stepping up their glass recycling efforts by taking advantage of the additional material that has been consumed in the last month.


Bedford Borough, Cherwell District and Plymouth City Councils have all rolled out extra glass recycling facilities and services to residents to help reduce the amount of glass going to landfill and energy recovery.


In Plymouth, 15,000 homes are set to take part in a kerbside glass collection pilot. From September, residents in the pilot area will be able to put their glass containers in their existing recycling bags or bins.


Meanwhile Cherwell District Council in Oxfordshire is handing out free reusable bags to residents to help them collect their glass containers following the celebration of a ‘hugely successful Olympics’.


Commenting on the bags, Councillor Nigel Morris, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said:


“Sending it to landfill is clearly bad for the environment especially when glass is so easy to recycle, and when kept separate is worth four times more than when it’s mixed. I would urge everyone to pick up a bag and use it to take their bottles to the nearest recycling bank, which for most should be just a stone’s throw away.”


Bedford Borough Council is also taking advantage of the increase in glass containers available by rolling out extra containers at the busiest bottle banks in the borough.


Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We are committed to continuing to improve waste and recycling services in the borough. We hope that these additional facilities will make glass recycling more convenient for residents, which will in turn help to increase the council’s recycling rate and reduce the amount of glass needlessly going to landfill.”


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Why Wine Drinkers Choose Glass

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The traditional 75cl glass bottle option is still by far the most popular choice of wine packaging, according to Wine Intelligence research, with almost three quarters of consumers buying it regularly.


According to the report, consumers base their decisions on a wide range of factors, including value for money, portability and environmental credentials. However, occasion and product image are the most important, which is great news for glass; because as we all know, glass adds class!


People who choose glass bottles for wine know that glass is the only packaging material that fully preserves the original taste of wine, so that with glass, wine tastes like wine. Glass wine bottles do not need plastic linings to keep their contents safe and drinkable.


Glass is also 100% and infinitely recyclable without any loss of quality!


No other material match the sheer beauty and craftsmanship that goes into producing glass.What better gift is there to bring to a dinner party than a well selected glass bottle of wine to complement the food on the dinner table?


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