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5 incredible recycling innovations of 2016

From recycling kiosks and food waste grinders to ethical smart phones, we look back at some of the most impressive innovations in the recycling industry this year.

ecoATM by Outerwall
Despite up to 80% of mobile phones components being made of recyclable materials, many end up either hidden away in drawers or at landfill when they break or the user decides to upgrade to a new model. EcoATM by Outerwall is offering a convenient way for consumers to trade in their phones for cash, on the go. The ecoATM is a kiosk machine installed at supermarkets and busy public areas where you can deposit old mobiles, tablets and mp3 players. Once deposited the machine searches online for the best possible price for your electronics and then if you agree on the price gives you cash on the spot.

This food waste system aims to help restaurants to reduce their food wastage in a convenient way. This system allows chefs to empty food waste and vegetable peelings directly into its tank where it grinds them up. The BioTrans tank is then periodically emptied and waste is transported to plants where it is turned into renewable biomass energy.

Dubbed as an ‘ethical smartphone’ the Fairphone and Fairphone 2 is now available in the UK. The phone which was launched in Amsterdam boasts a design which is focused on reducing e-waste. This means the phones are built to last longer and are much easier to repair and dismantle so that they can eventually be repurposed, rather than ending up in landfill.

The Groasis Waterboxx, designed by Pieter Hoff, is a circular device which cleverly captures rainwater and condensation naturally available in the air. It then harnesses the rainwater and condensation to grow plants in almost any climate from California to the Sahara desert.  Hoff also plans to create a biodegradable version of the box too.

The recently launched BuffetGo app is an excellent method of reducing food waste. This app works in a similar way to food delivery services like JustEat and Deliveroo, however rather than paying for food cooked specifically for you, you pay for a meal made up of leftovers from buffet restaurants that would otherwise have had to throw it away. BuffetGo estimates that they are currently saving over 240,000 portions of food from landfill each day.

We take recycling seriously at LSPS. For more information or to find out how we can help with your waste disposal efforts, please visit our website or call us on freephone 0800 083 7807.

Innocent Smoothies to make packaging more sustainable

Innocent, the popular maker of smoothie drinks, has revealed it will be committing to making their packaging more sustainable, launching a new 250ml recyclable smoothie bottle and lid made up of recycled plastics.

The London based company, which is owned Coca-Cola, has announced that they will be making a commitment to increase the percentage of PET in their bottles from 30% to 50%.

The company explained that one of the biggest challenges they had faced was making sure that the quality of the bottles was up to a good enough standard for sale. They are also investigating the option of using bio plastics in their bottles, another sustainable alternative to virgin-oil based plastics.

The company has also made efforts to reduce the footprint of other types of bottles including their 900ml juice carafes, which they have reduced in weight by 10%, estimated to save 1000 tonnes of carbon a year, and their cartons which are sourced from sustainably managed forests.

What is PET?
PET stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate which is a material commonly used for beverage bottles. PET can be reused into new plastic bottles but also as fiber for fabrics like carpet and clothing or for automotive parts like bumpers and door panels.

We take recycling seriously at LSPS. For more information or to find out how we can help with your waste disposal efforts, please visit our website or call us on freephone 0800 083 7807.

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