Being from Scandinavia, recycling is like second nature and it still shocks - and angers - me that in Britain there are so many rules about what can and can't be recycled depending on which borough or city you live in. Cameron et al, if you're listening one rule for everyone would make recycling a whole lot easier and probably encourage more Brits to take responsibility for their consumption and subsequent packaging waste. One can hope right?!
Actually the announcement that ACE UK, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, will be recycling beverage cartons at its UK plant from 2013 new research appears to be changing the recycling habits of Britons. Tetra Pak research has found that more than half (58%) of UK adults say they would be more likely to recycle their used food and drink cartons knowing they would be recycled into other materials in the UK instead of being shipped abroad.
The research also found promising results of the overall recycling habits of UK adults with two-fifths (40%) saying recycling is now 'second nature' and more than a quarter (29%) have a set routine they follow for recycling.
Not entirely sure why people are more encouraged to recycle when it happens in the British Isles - less carbon footprint perhaps or the fact that it can be reused in the UK - but whatever reason it is welcome news.