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Plastic food pots and trays are often unrecyclable, say councils

Councils are sending two thirds of plastic food tubs and trays to landfill. GETTY IMAGES

Published on the BBC News website on the 4th April 2018
Story by Matt McGrath, Environmental Correspondent

 

Most of the plastic food containers that householders wash out after use and put in the recycling bin cannot actually be recycled, it has emerged.

The mixture of plastics used in many yogurt pots, ready meal trays and other containers limits the ability of councils to recycle them.

The Local Government Association says that only a third can be reused. The rest get sent to landfill.

The plastics industry said it was committed to reducing waste.

The British Plastics Federation said firms needed a financial incentive to choose more recyclable plastics.

The LGA says the government should consider a ban on low-grade plastics.

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Ray Cobbett: A study shows the UK would need 1,000 wells on 5,000 fracking pads

The government has given its blessing to the UK’s first fracking operation in Lancashire, despite massive local opposition and mounting evidence of a warming planet.

Most of the claims made for shale gas have been proven wrong. It won’t create significant new jobs or make energy cheaper, since it will be sold at market prices, and it won’t help to reduce carbon emissions.

A study by Cardiff University shows that the UK would need 1,000 wells on 5,000 fracking pads – each larger than a football pitch – to replace 50 per cent of imported gas. Millions of gallons of water will be needed in an area currently subject to a hosepipe ban. For some, Lancashire may be far away but sites much nearer to home, around the South Downs, are being planned to drill for shale oil.

The industrialisation of our English countryside moves a step nearer and I say ‘English’ because the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments have banned it, as have several European countries.

The energy minister, Clair Perry, likes to hold up Trump’s America as a model to follow where they have pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, restored coal mines, weakened the Environment Protection Agency and seized Native American land.

Worryingly, there are signs that sites in England could go ahead without the approval of local planning authorities as a process known as Permitted Development Rights, used for small house extensions, is applied to exploratory fracking sites. With fracking and Heathrow’s third runway approved in the same week, Mr Gove’s assurances of a greener future are fading fast.

Ray Cobbett
Havant Friends of the Earth

How Portsmouth and Southampton are teaming up in the fight against plastic waste

Plastic waste has become an increasingly serious issue.

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 25th July 2018
Story by David George

 

A FREE event at the University of Portsmouth will see the city join up with Southampton in the ongoing battle against plastic waste.

The event, called See Bin, Sea Change, is being held on Sunday at the university’s Portland Building in Portland Street – to raise awareness of the ongoing plastic pollution issue that faces our oceans.

The News is backing the Final Straw Solent’s campaign against plastic.

From 10am-4pm there will be talks from experts from the University of Portsmouth and University of Southampton explaining how we are detecting micro plastics in our food chain and in the environment, and how we can avoid single use plastic in our lives.

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