Celebrity TV campaigner receives waste recycling warning

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INCPEN warns about recycling costs as Hugh Fearnley Whittingstalls’s new programme is set to hit our screens

As we wait for the return of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s popular TV show, Hugh’s War on Waste, the programme is set to flare up the call for more recycling regarding packaging.

However, one of the top trade associations has warned about the environmental concerns of recycling.

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall waste programme sparks recycling costs warning

An Amazon warehouse in the UK; Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall is tackling waste at Amazon

In the new programme, which will be broadcast on BBC One and starts on Thursday July 28 at 21:00, Hugh is set to take on some of the biggest high street and online giants, including Amazon, Costa, Caffè Nero and Starbucks, about their recycling and packaging records.

The programme is set to reveal, that in the UK alone, 2.5bn cardboard coffee cups are thrown away each year and hardly any of that number are recycled.

However, INCPEN – the Industry Council for research on Packaging and the Environment – warns about the costs involved in recycling.

INCPEN has in fact welcomed the attention concerning recycling but has advised that collecting, sorting and cleaning may use up more resources than what was reclaimed and that a lot of people don’t understand the environmental responsibilities that recycling carries with it.

Recycling involves the use of water, cleaning chemicals, energy and transport to pick up, sort through and clean the waste.

According to the trade association, all packaging is recyclable but the costs involved mean that it is not always worth the time and effort and that in the past, when dealing with cup recycling, the experience proved highly demanding when it came to resources.

For a number of years, INCPEN have been huge recycling campaigners and believe that people can still make a massive difference by recycling their cans, bottles, newspapers, cardboard and other recyclable items.

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