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Bottles and butterflies

Published on 23 February 2018

Bottles and butterflies

There’s been a lot in the news recently about plastic bottles.

There was the announcement in January of a national drinking water scheme whereby water companies will work alongside Refill to extend the network of cafés, businesses and shops with ‘refill stations’ (‘drinking fountains’ in old money?) allowing the public to fill their own bottles with water for free. Refill already has 1,600 refill stations in the UK and an app that shows their locations on a map.

It is hoped this will reduce the number of plastic bottles thrown away in the UK by tens of millions each year. Only about half the 38.5million plastic bottles used EVERY DAY in the UK make it to the recycling centre, so in February the possibility of adopting the Norwegian deposit scheme hit the headlines.

In Norway, a whopping 97% of bottles are recycled. This is largely because customers pay a 10-25p surcharge on each bottle, which is refunded when it is returned to the shop or posted into a recycling bank. The recycling banks only accept two types of plastic and approved paper labels with approved glue, thereby hugely simplifying the recycling process. Scotland has signed up for some form of deposit scheme and similar schemes already operate in parts of the UK, Canada and Germany.

At Restore, we take recycling very seriously. The FSC-approved archive boxes full of documents that we send to deep store are constructed from 70% recycled material and are, themselves, recycled at the end of their lives. If you would like to find out more about how Restore meets its environmental responsibilities, we have produced a brochure, which you can find here

It gives a few examples of the recycling and energy-saving measures we have introduced so far. Happy reading!