Pub companies to recycle their glass

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An increasing number of pub companies are going green and supporting the Recycle-More-Glass initiative.Six Continents Retail, JD Wetherspoon,...

An increasing number of pub companies are going green and supporting the Recycle-More-Glass initiative.

Six Continents Retail, JD Wetherspoon, Whitbread and Thistle Hotels are just some of the companies recycling their bottles rather than facing a heavy fine of up to £5000.

The scheme allows publicans and barstaff to put all their waste glass bottles into the same bin for a collector to deal with.

This ensures that licensees are more likely to recycle because they don't have to spend as much time on separating the bottles and putting them into different bins.

A spokeswoman for Recycle-More-Glass said: "There is a huge amount of glass in the UK which just goes straight to landfill and is never recycled. Recycle-More-Glass gives premises the opportunity to do their bit for the environment without having to commit large amounts of time or money.

"We're a year old this July and already we have 10,000 pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels going green."

A High Court ruling last month means that any pub or pub company with an annual turnover of over £2m or which produces more than 50 tons of waste packaging a year will have to take responsibility for its own recycling.

Meanwhile, research has shown that young people prefer bottles rather than glasses when drinking in pubs. A survey carried out for Glasspac, revealed that 68 per cent of women and 73 per cent of men said they bought a bottle to make a fashion statement and attract potential partners.

"Men and women are using bottles of premium lagers and mixed drinks such as Smirnoff Ice and Bacardi Breezer to appear trendy and more attractive," said psychologist Dr Belinda Winder of the University of sheffiled Packaging research Group.

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