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Sustainable Britain - Residents sending less waste to landfill

Are we able to meet challenges of a global knowledge economy? Are we in the right position and can we attract bright young students into research careers to be able to drive us forward? With technology & innovation moving fast, can we quickly develop truly sustainable energy? Can we optimise scientific and technological progress in both Europe and the rest of the world?

For the most recent ‘War on Waste’ report, published last week, a research group bought a range of 37 common food items from several retailers. Analysis of these items uncovered that local retailers and market traders produced less packaging and that much more of it could be used again with the bigger supermarkets lagging behind.

Research found eight per cent of the entire weight of shopping baskets consisted of packaging. The most eco-friendly shops have low levels of packaging a high proportion of which is recyclable. The supermarket which had the weightiest packaging was Lidl’s while Marks & Spencer’s products had the lowest level which could be recycled (60 per cent).

It was acknowledged that recycling rates in Britain are increasing because more people are doing their part to help the environment. Councils are also enlarging and improving their services in an attempt to cut down on the amount of waste thrown into rubbish sites. People have been warned that these efforts to meet the EU’s targets will not be successful unless big shops like Tesco do more to cut down on the ridiculously excessive packaging.