Technically… yes. But you might want to think before going for glasses that on the outside look like the most Eco-friendly option for your needs. I read a report recently on the number of local councils that simply don’t have the specialist recycling / industrial composters required to correctly dispose of this new range of food packaging and glassware, and it doesn’t make pretty reading. Back in October 2018, The Telegraph reported that Basingstoke Council had decided to close all 29 of its mixed plastic “bring banks”
Tonnes of plastic is currently being stockpiled, ready to be processed and sold on to buyers who then recycle it into new products. Only one problem these days, there aren’t enough buyers out there. Some councils are now advising home owners and businesses to stop separating their plastics, so everything ends up in landfill. Not so good.
As end users, we know that it looks good to go with the green option – large event organisers are insistent! So, yes, we sell Biodegradable Glasses and food packaging, but it’s worth bearing in mind what will happen to it once you’re done. There is little point paying the extra cost for a “green alternative” when it’s not actually that green.
Ok, so what do you recommend, Cater For You?
This may at first seem a little controversial, but please bear with me. The bottles you see above are made from PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) and more recently, there’s a recycled variety called RPET. What’s even better is that this particular type of plastic is already widely recycled. Now, what if we sold plastic glasses made of the same material, that you could buy off the shelf, use, and put in with your standard recycling? Ticks all the boxes, doesn’t it? Check out our New RPET Pint and RPET Half Pint Glasses. They are cheaper than the new breed of Eco-friendly glasses that you will struggle to dispose of properly too. This is our advice – go for something that is being readily recycled already, at least until we all figure out the next step.