• London Packaging Week to light up the packaging industry

    By Vending International on September 15, 2023
    London Packaging Week to light up the packaging industry  London Packaging Week takes place this month from 21 to 22 September at ExCeL in London with thousands of visitors expected. The showcase is a described as a trusted platform for sourcing packaging solutions and connecting with new suppliers – and is the place to be if you want to stay […]
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): Delay until October 2025 – or beyond?

    By Vending International on August 14, 2023
    The Vending & Automated Retail Association (AVA) Environment committee has updated the AVA guidance document which provides a summary of changes to the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme and the impact on vending businesses. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) announced a delay in the introduction of EPR system places cost obligations upon packaging producers in a […]
  • Packaging producers embrace the circular economy but few act ahead of legislation

    By Vending International on July 13, 2023
    New research commissioned by material technologies business, Aquapak, with sustainable packaging producers and users in the UK, Italy and Germany, shows that European packaging businesses are committed to the circular economy, but few are acting ahead of legislation. The study shows that the majority of businesses (85%) have a circular economy strategy which involves reusing and recycling existing materials and […]
  • WasteShark keeps waterways clear

    By Vending International on April 17, 2023
    Britvic-owned Aqua Libra is launching a WasteShark in Canary Wharf to collect and remove plastic waste from the waterways around the area. Ahead of Global Recycling Day on 18 March, Britvic-owned Aqua Libra is launching London’s first WasteShark in Middle Dock at Canary Wharf in partnership with the Canary Wharf Group. The WasteShark is a marine robot designed to be harmonious with the […]
  • Defra legislation update

    By Vending International on November 28, 2022
    With Thérèse Coffey back as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), The Vending and Automated Retail Association (AVA) has  hope that the various delayed pieces of legislation will get back on track. These include the Extended Producer Responsibility, Deposit Return Scheme for England, Northern Ireland and Wales and Consistent Waste Collection which are all queuing up. The […]
  • Be sure about Plastic Packaging Tax

    By Vending International on November 28, 2022
    The Vending and Automated Retail Association (AVA) is recommending that operator companies contact their suppliers and get written evidence that they are register for the UK Plastics Packaging Tax. The tax, which came into effect on April 1.  A tax of £200 per tonne is imposed on all plastic packaging that does not contain at least 30% recycled material. HMRC has […]
  • Are you aware of plastics packaging tax?

    By Vending International on October 25, 2022
    According to the Vending & Automated Retail Association (AVA) very few manufacturing and importing businesses have registered under the Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT). The Treasury’s own survey suggests that only 10% of businesses are aware of the tax.  However, the Act includes a joint and several responsibility clause, which means that companies using taxable plastic could be liable for the […]
  • Deposit return schemes – the latest

    By Vending International on October 25, 2022
    Deposit return schemes are on the cards across the home countries, but where do things stand right now? The Vending and Automated Retail Association (AVA) has the latest. Scotland continues to drive towards their implementation date of 16 August 2023. Whether you are a manufacturer, wholesaler, or vending operator you will be charging an additional 20p per container for PET, cans […]
  • New printing service launched for disposables

    By Vending International on October 14, 2022
    Disposables manufacturer and supplier, Herald has launched a printing service led by printing expert and catering disposables consultant, Leyla Koroglu.  Herald has appointed a bespoke packaging manager to oversee and deliver its new printing service, which means customers can now order a wide range of customised products to support their marketing efforts. By offering a quick turnaround on printed food […]
  • Huhtamaki launches innovative, bio-based recyclable packaging solution

    By Vending International on October 5, 2022
    Huhtamaki, the global provider of sustainable packaging solutions, has launched ICON packaging, said to be a breakthrough paper technology, initially for use for ice cream containers and lids, which enables recycling in communities with paper product recycling programs across the United States. This is thought to be a significant breakthrough in delivering a sustainable solution for consumers which combines Huhtamaki’s […]