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What A Waste - Packaging?

Updated on November 9, 2010

We are forever being told to reduce the amount we throw away. Landfill sites are filling up at an alarming rate. Bad press, for companies dumping the UK's waste, in third world countries. At least 3 bins for every household to ensure more gets recycled. It great to see everyone coming together to try to work through this problem. While most companies are trying to find ways of reducing their packaging, one has seemingly gone out of its way to increase the amount of waste we have to dispose of.

All businesses, now have to be accountable for their waste. Importers and distributors have to fill out endless forms detailing their waste management activity. Huge fines can be levied if the procedures are not followed correctly. Many are incurring big fees for the removal of their rubbish and are being encouraged to recycle as much as possible. In the current climate most would like to have the money spent on other parts of the business but, they all understand the need to reduce their waste an become accountable for it.

Householders have been issued 3 bins to manage their waste too. With some gardens as big as a postage stamp it is a huge inconvenience to have this amount of bins around. One is for food waste, one is for recyclables and the other is for general rubbish. Some even have a Brown bin for garden waste,too. It is surprising how much can be recycled and the fortnightly collection should probably we changed to weekly. This has been set up at huge cost to the local authorities and hopefully will benefit all communities.

Many companies are spending thousands of pounds developing products that require less packaging or are developing the packaging to be stronger but also recyclable. Waitrose have Mince Beef on sale without the plastic container it is usually placed in, just comes in a soft plastic bag now. This is the way forward and while shoppers are keen to embrace this new age, it will only work if the price of the product doesn't increase. If you had the choice of mince in a bag or in the plastic container and they were the same price, you would obviously choose the one with less packaging. That would not be the same if the mince in a bag was more expensive. For the record The Waitrose Mince is still the same price. You would struggle to justify to extra expense to the detriment of the environment.

Kookaburra, however, have just announced they will now be supplying all Kookaburra Cricket Balls in Blister packs, where previously they had a wrap of tissue. Instead of boxes of 6 they are now individually packaged. They will not be any cheaper for the inconvenience, of disposing of the extra packaging. I do understand that this has been imposed on them by their supplier but, surely they have some muscle and could get their manufacturer to back down. As far as their Sister company, Readers Cricket Balls will not be going down the same route, at this time.

It will be interesting to see how the Cricket industry react to the increase in waste. Do you have any examples of companies going out of their way to reduce or increase packaging waste on their products.

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