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Coca-Cola's 260 Recycle Zone recycling bins, in operation throughout London's busy West End, are collecting more than four tonnes of recyclable material every single day, according to figures released to coincide with Recycle Week 2010.

A tonne of this is collected daily on Oxford Street alone. This means that over the course of a year, the bins are expected to collect around 1,500 tonnes of recyclable material - equivalent to some 99 million empty Coke cans.

What's more, 60% of all the waste collected in the 260 dual access bins - one side for ordinary rubbish and one side for recyclable materials such as paper, plastic bottles and aluminium cans - is recycled rather than going to landfill.

These statistics make London by far the largest of the 65 Recycle Zones Coca-Cola currently has in operation throughout the UK, contributing to a dramatic increase in total recycled material collected throughout the year.

Stephenson Group signs sustainable Palm Oil Agreement with New Britain Oils Limited

The Stephenson Group has signed a groundbreaking deal with New Britain Oils Limited to become the first personal care product manufacturer in the UK to use RSPO certified sustainable palm oil to manufacture a soap base that meets the RSPO Supply Chain Certification requirements.

The West Yorkshire-based company and New Britain Oils, which operates the world’s first dedicated sustainable palm oil refinery in Liverpool, confirmed the agreement on the eve of the 8th Annual Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (‘RSPO’) meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Stephenson Group’s speciality soap bases, which are exported worldwide, are used by its customers to create finished soap bars by adding fragrances, colours and additives.

The company produces 15,000 tonnes of soap bases a year and is also the main UK supplier of bases to the US soap market generating sales of $2 million a year.

New Britain Oils is dedicated to changing the way in which palm oil is supplied to Europe's food and personal care sectors. Its palm oil

comes entirely from known certified sustainable plantation sources in Papua New Guinea, including production from over 7,000 smallholders.

Jamie Bentley, Chief Executive of Stephenson Group, said: “As an ethical manufacturer committed to sustainability in the personal care market, this is a very proud moment for this company.

“New Britain Oils has played a very important role in creating the route from sustainable farming to refining, which is a major step forward to encouraging greater use of certified sustainable palm oil in manufacturing.”

Study ideNtifieS uAe, AuStrALiA ANd the uSA AS SOme Of the wOrSt CO2 POLLuterS

A new study, rating 183 countries on their CO² emissions from energy use, has identified

United Arab Emirates, Australia, USA, Canada, Netherlands and Saudi Arabia as the six nations with the worst performance in relation to CO² pollution.

The CO² Emissions from Energy Use Index (CEEI) is produced by global risk advisory firm Maplecroft to raise awareness and help companies identify their risk exposures. It also helps to identify those countries which may be subject to future regulation of CO² emissions

or pressure from public interest groups to address emissions. The index is calculated by

evaluating countries’ annual CO² emissions from energy use, CO² emissions per capita, and cumulative CO² emissions from 1900 to 2006 to provide a complete picture of a

country’s CO² polluting record. UAE (1st), Australia (2nd), USA (3rd), Canada (4th), Netherlands (5th) and Saudi Arabia (6th) are bottom of the ranking and the only countries rated as ‘extreme risk’ by Maplecroft

on the basis of their high CO² emissions from energy use.

The poor performance of UAE and Saudi Arabia is reflective of a near 100% reliance on fossil fuels and their use of energy intensive desalination plants to produce drinking water. Saudi Arabia was the 11th highest global

emitter in 2008 with 466 Mt CO². However, the desalination process that produces 70% of the country’s drinking water accounts for 50%

of CO² emissions. UAE dropped 15 places from last year to take the bottom spot due to a huge 25% jump in its overall carbon output between 2006 and 2008 and a 20% rise in per capita emissions.

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