Valpak's Blog brings to you thought provoking articles, from key members of staff, on a wide range of environmental topics.

Raising RoHS awareness at Med-Tech Innovation Expo

Ashleigh Williams
Mar 17, 2014
Come 22 July 2014, medical and monitoring devices will come into scope of the RoHS Regulations. Ashleigh Williams explains why Valpak has decided to exhibit at Med-Tech Innovation Expo and outlines how we can help obligated organisations to comply with this legislation.

Should the UK be adopting European initiatives to meet the 2020 EU recycling target

Sarah Mann
Mar 04, 2014
The UK is required to meet an EU recycling target of 50% by the year 2020, which means 50% of household waste needs to be recycled, prepared for reuse or composted. But, as UK recycling levels plateau, is this target achievable?

2013 packaging compliance update

David Daw
Feb 18, 2014
The 2013 packaging compliance period ended on the 31 January. It appears that almost all registered companies and schemes have complied. The Environment Agency has recently released provisional reprocessing data for quarter 4 2013, which helps with forecasting prices for this year. Normally this data isn't disclosed until late March.

Will growth in refuse-derived fuel impact recycling rates?

Carys White
Feb 06, 2014
Carys White, Consultant, asks whether increased refuse-derived fuel production could potentially impact recycling rates, making it difficult to meet challenging recycling targets going forward. We would be interested to hear any thoughts you have on this topic.

Is diverting textiles from landfill the solution to Britain’s throwaway society?

Sandy Dhesi
Oct 25, 2013
Textile waste being sent to landfill is rising while all other materials are reducing. What can be done about this? The UK is wasting millions of pounds each year by sending old, recyclable and re-usable textiles to landfill. Without the introduction of bans, landfill will always be "the default option”.

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