Producers, retailers and packaging experts are to look at ways of improving the recyclability of sandwich packs.Following a meeting in London last month, a working group is to be set up for the industry to review how sandwich packaging can better be delivered to waste plants capable of recycling them.The broad working group will include manufacturers, retailers, packaging and recycling experts, who will share experiences and knowledge. One of the first tasks will be to draw up guidelines covering packaging and waste.A key consideration is the role packaging plays in helping maintain shelf-life and avoiding food waste, which creates a higher carbon footprint than the packs themselves. Many retailers and manufacturers have done a lot of work in this area, in collaboration with packaging and recycling businesses, according to trade body The British Sandwich and Food to Go Association (BSA), which added that more than 75% of authorities can now recycle lined board sandwich packaging.However, the association believes work still needs to be done, and is keen to encourage businesses to share best-practice.“Our industry has already done an enormous amount of work developing more eco-friendly packaging,” said BSA director Jim Winship.“We are totally committed to finding the best possible solutions to packaging, but are also governed by other considerations – particularly the need to ensure packs fully protect the foods they contain. The last thing we want is to create a bigger problem by shortening shelf-life and creating more food waste.”He added that sandwich packs were now recyclable if they were handled correctly and got into the correct waste streams, and that the association was keen to work with consumers to find ways to make it easier to ensure packs were recycled.
14 Jul 2016 Sammie’s win completes a full set of titles Cornwall’s Sammie Giles has won the English women’s amateur championship at West Lancashire – and completed a full set of national titles. She has already won the English women’s stroke play, played last year on another Lancashire course at St Annes Old Links, and she captured the English women’s mid-amateur at Bath in 2014. The 21-year-old from St Mellion (Image © Leaderboard Photography) described herself as excited by her latest win, scoring one-under par over 72 holes, and said: “This one is the most important because it’s the closed championship and you’re playing against all your England team-mates.” Giles, who helped England to victory in the 2015 Women’s Home Internationals, finished ahead of a host of other internationals. Lizzie Prior (Burhill) had to settle for second place for the second year in a row after she finished on level par. Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) was third on one-over, while Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) and Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) were fifth on two-over. Girl international Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) achieved her own target with a sixth place finish on three-over. The host club’s Hollie Muse finished 11th on nine-over while Eloise Healey was 32nd. At the start of today’s final 36 holes the lead was shared by Prior, Lamb and Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills) who were all three-under. Giles was tied fifth and marked time in the third round with a level par score which put her three behind Prior, who was the sole leader going into the final round. In the afternoon Giles made her move with two-under 72 which pipped her challengers. “There’s a tough stretch on the back nine, from the 10th to the 13th, and I managed to come out of that one-under, and that was the turning point,” said Giles. “This morning I played pretty steadily but I made so many clubbing errors because the wind was so difficult, it was straight across and really difficult to judge. My short game was great, though, and I made up and down for par pretty much every time I mis-clubbed. “This afternoon we got the clubbing better and I gave myself far more birdie opportunities,” added Giles who, as usual, had her father on the bag. She’s now taking a short break from golf to re-charge after this event and after playing in her regional County Match Week. Her next big date is the defence of her stroke play title at Bristol & Clifton from 16-18 August. Click here for full scores