Publicans urged to recycle glass

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Publicans are being urged to start recycling because they are creating thousands of tonnes of waste glass every year.Rosalind Dorning, market...

Publicans are being urged to start recycling because they are creating thousands of tonnes of waste glass every year.

Rosalind Dorning, market development manager for recycling initiative Recycle-more-glass, said: "Every year, pub customers throughout the UK drink enough wine beer and spirits to create thousands of tonnes of waste glass, and up until recently, the majority of bottles and jars have simply been thrown away with general trade waste."

Cardiff-based SA Brain & Co has joined forces with packaging firm Valpak to take part in the Recycle-more-glass initiative which will see 150 Brains premises in South Wales begin recycling.

Emma Stuart of Valpak said: "Under the packaging waste regulations, which were introduced in the UK in 1997, any company that has a turnover of more than £2m a year, and which handles more than 50 tonnes of packaging waste a year, must make a financial contribution towards recycling a percentage of the packaging."

She added that unless publicans started recycling now, they may be hit when further legislation is brought in.

"Under the regulations, brewers, who often import a high amount of packaging, have a large obligation.

"But there is no agreement over whether the pub or the brewery should be classed as the 'seller' of the bottle to the end user. Whoever is classed as the 'seller' has to ensure at least 48 per cent of the packaging they sell is recycled, so this could have significant cost implications, particularly for pubs."

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