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Be first in Belfast to recycle 'hard to recycle' items and make money for charity

A group helping communities make money for charity from hard to recycle items is on the lookout for first time waste heroes Belfast. TerraCycle is funded by well-known brands who pay the cost of giving packaging a second life as well as monetary donations to good causes. But they have also helped save millions of items from landfill, incineration or ending up in the natural environment.

Keeping up the momentum on reducing waste

TerraCycle specialises in providing solutions for hard-to-recycle products, working with a range of partners globally to eliminate the idea of waste. In Scotland alone, the organisation has 355 public drop-off sites across its programmes. Here, Julien Tremblin, general manager of TerraCycle Europe, tells Packaging Scotland about the organisation’s history, greatest achievements to date, and long-term aspirations.

Babybel launches comprehensive packaging recycling program

For example, the cellophane, netting and labels will be transformed into plastic pellets that will be used to make other reusable plastic objects.
Part of the Bel Brands USA family, Babybel has announced a national recycling program for all packaging in the US with international recycling leader, TerraCycle. “Across our entire business at Bel, we are working to reduce the impact our products and processes have on the environment. And while we work to provide 100% recyclable or compostable packaging, we’re thrilled to offer consumers a way to recycle our current Babybel packaging in partnership with TerraCycle,” says Melanie Nemoy, Babybel brand director. U.S. consumers can participate in the Babybel Recycling Program in three simple steps:
  • Sign up on the TerraCycle program page at
  • Save the nets, labels, metal fasteners, cellophane, wax and/or pouches from Babybel products and put them in a box.
  • When you’re ready to send in a package, print out a prepaid shipping label available on the website, place it on the well-sealed box and mail it to TerraCycle free of charge. To transport waste in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way possible, consumers are encouraged to ship their packages only when they are full.
For any shipment of packaging meeting TerraCycle program guidelines, consumers earn points that can be redeemed for a donation to a non-profit organization of their choice. Once collected, the packaging will be cleaned, melted and remolded to make new recycled products. For example, the cellophane, netting and labels are transformed into plastic pellets that will be used to make other reusable plastic objects, such as garden tools or park benches. Metal fasteners are separated from the labels and melted down to make gaskets, nuts or bolts. “With this recycling program, Bel Brands USA is offering a powerful, sustainable option to responsibly dispose of Babybel packaging,” says Tom Szaky, TerraCycle founder and CEO. “Consumers can now enjoy their favorite bite-sized snacks and easily reduce waste all while being rewarded for minimizing their environmental impact.” The Babybel Recycling Program is open to any interested individual, school, office, or community organization. For more information on TerraCycle’s recycling programs, visit www.terracycle.com.

The high street goes vegan! From Nando's 'spiced chickpea burger' to Papa John's dairy-free cheesy bites, FEMAIL reveals the delicious plant-based treats on offer this January

With more than half a million people expected to sign up to go plant-based for the month of January, dozen of British high-street retailers have announced vegan menus. Following public demand, Babybel has answered vegan and flexitarian wishes and is proud to be launching the world's first ever Babybel Plant-Based in the UK. And the makeover continues with a fully recyclable paper outer bag carrying the five alternative-to-cheese snacks inside, whilst the wrapper and wax for each mini snack is recyclable via Babybel's TerraCycle scheme. The move takes Babybel one step closer to its target to have all packaging recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Recycling unrecyclable mainstream consumer items

The parable of Walkers Crisps is worth remembering next time you encounter a mainstream consumer item that is not recyclable, such as butter wrappers, coffee bags and the plastic backing on An Post stamps. Walkers Crisps became a symbol of unrecyclability in Britain when passionate consumers of the product became so frustrated at not being able to recycle their empty crisp packets that they began posting them in large numbers to Walkers HQ, inundating Royal Mail sorting offices with odious cheese and onion smelling parcels. Should we perhaps follow suit and fill An Post boxes with the plastic-coated label-backing from its stamp books? Walkers responded admirably to the provocation with a special recycling scheme run by terracycle.com that recycles all brands of crisp bags sent to them. They are heated and extruded into plastic pellets to be used in the manufacture of products such as outdoor furniture and flooring. The scheme will continue until a new form of recyclable packaging that ensures the same level of freshness is developed by 2025.

Bel Accelerates its Transformation Strategy and Innovates in its Markets – “For All For Good” at the Heart of a Unique Model

CEO of Bel Group Antoine Fievet and Cécile Béliot, Executive Vice-President in charge of strategy, growth levers and markets, expressed strong shared convictions today during a joint conference. Bel’s unique business model provides concrete solutions for healthier and responsible food for all, especially in these uncertain times. During their joint presentation, Bel’s executives were able to review the Covid situation and to illustrate the acceleration of the Group’s transformation, through the numerous innovation projects developed in different markets.   In summary:   §  Despite a difficult and still uncertain context, Bel withstood the first part of the crisis. §  Bel is pursuing its transformation strategy and remaining focused on its long-term vision of contributing to a new food model. §  The year 2020/2021 is marked by the acceleration of the innovation strategy for all core brands of the portfolio, with major launches in the plant-based category. §  The first functional product lines carried by Mini Babybel® will be launched in 2021 in the United States. §  The Group is continuing its actions to promote biodiversity and is joining the Act For Nature initiative at the international level. §  Bel has made a concrete commitment to the fight against food waste and is implementing innovative pilot actions in the area of responsible packaging.   A family group that coped with the disruptions of the Covid crisis   In a very difficult context, Bel resisted well during the first part of the crisis. In the first half of the year, results were up by 4,8%. This growth was notably driven by products such as The Laughing Cow® and fruits compotes, with MOM. Faced with the uncertainties of a lasting crisis, the two executives have expressed the necessity to remain cautious and stay focused on the long-term vision of Bel’s unique family model.   Antoine Fievet took this opportunity to reiterate that maintaining the food chain during the crisis would not have been possible without the mobilization of all, including farmers, suppliers and distributors. An example of solidarity that he wishes to see extended beyond the crisis.   “There is no future without responsibility”: in the age of COVID, Bel is more convinced than ever that its unique inclusive model combining performance and responsibility is the only way to face challenges and to stand the test of time. We are keeping our course, remaining determined in action, and accelerating.” said Antoine Fievet.   Responsibility at the heart of the Bel model   To bring to life the “For All For Good” signature reveled a year ago, Bel is taking concrete actions in five areas: sustainable agriculture, healthy food, responsible packaging, the fight against climate change and product accessibility. The Bel model, which combines responsibility and performance, is now reflected in the Group’s organization, reflects in the Group’s organization, which has chosen to combine Finance and CSR within a single General Management team headed by Frédéric Médard.   Bel is reinforcing its environmental commitments with an inclusive approach. In 2020, the Bel Group, with the expertise of the WWF France, structured a biodiversity policy aggregating the commitments made by the Group. The specificity of this approach is that it takes into account the entire value chain, from farm to plate.   Since October 1, 2020, Bel, which had already joined Act For Nature France, has continued its commitment by joining the international Act For Nature initiative at the international level, which brings together companies, public authorities, scientists and associations to create a true international collective dynamic to protect, enhance and restore biodiversity.   According to Cécile Béliot: “For the past year, we have been accelerating the Group’s transformation, with the conviction that a responsible and profitable growth is possible: an enlightened ‘capitalism’ that is moving from a logic of balance of power to a logic of value sharing, beyond any major stakes. This is what guides all the Group’s actions today.”   Innovation at the service of “eating better” and the environment   The Group is continuing to transform its brand portfolio by strengthening its strategy in three complementary areas: dairy, fruits and plant-based.   In 2019, 54 products were updated with nutrients-enriched recipes in markets where specific nutritional needs are expressed. Significant work has been done on simplicity with a new Kiri® recipes that was just been launched using only French milk and cream, water, salt and ferments. It will be produced in Sablé sur Sarthe. In the spring of 2021, a brand new recipe for The Laughing Cow will be put on the market with an equally short list of ingredients.   Bel is also innovating through functional product lines. Babybel 5G Proteins was launched this year in several European countries. Babybel Plus, another line enriched with nutrients, will be launched at the end of 2020 in the United States and in Great Britain with one product containing probiotics and another one enriched with vitamins.   “Our strength is our positive and accessible brands. That is why we wanted them to carry our commitments and play a driving role in innovation” said Cécile Béliot.   The new plant-based challenge: Bel aims for leadership in the category   The Group’s ambition is to provide a plant-based offer for each one of its core brands. As of January 2021, Bel will launch « The Laughing Cow® Blends” in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany, countries where The Laughing Cow is mainly consumed by adults and where there is strong potential among flexitarians. Three references with cheese, vegetables and spices will be offered.   A plant-based version of Boursin® will be sold on the American market through the Amazon Fresh platform as of the end of October 2020.   To go even further, Bel is developing a plant-based Mini Babybel project that should be launched next year in the United States and is preparing, in the coming months, the launch of a new international brand fully dedicated to plant-based products.   Innovating for the planet   In mid-2019, Bel joined the Steering Committee of the Consumption Date Pact initiated by Too Good To Go in France. In March 2020, Bel was one of the first companies to concretize its commitment with Too Good To Go through The Laughing Cow. The Group uses the divider that separates the portions of its famous cheese to raise consumer awareness and encourage them to trust their senses to “observe, smell, taste” the product once the date has passed, before throwing it away. Within the Bel Group, MOM has also joined the Too Good To Go Pact. Bel is considering the development of similar operations in other countries.   Concrete advances in the area of responsible packaging are being made by the Group, which aims for 100% recyclable and/or biodegradable packaging by 2025. To date, 84% of packaging is already biodegradable or recyclable.   Major innovations are being introduced via Mini Babybel, including a partnership with Terracycle (in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany) to create national packaging recycling programs. By the end of the year, the cellophane that wraps Mini Babybel will be compostable and a statement will be added on the packs in order to educate consumers. Finally, a bulk pilot project is underway in the form of a partnership between the DayByDay network and Mini Babybel Original/Mini Babybel Organic. A 6-week operation (from September 21 to October 30) is being launched in 6 stores: Strasbourg, Limoges and 4 stores in the Ile de France region (including 2 in Paris).   Products accessible everywhere, for all The Group is also strengthening its product accessibility strategy. The “Simply” Laughing Cow version has been launched in July in Algeria with a recipe rich in Calcium, vitamin A and D, and at a price in line with the local economic and social context. Bel is also pursuing its strategy of democratizing organic products. Since September 2 and for six months, Mini Babybel organic has been offered in Happy Meal menus in the 1,490 McDonald’s restaurants in France. According to Antoine Fievet: “I am convinced that we must build a food model that can have a positive impact on our entire ecosystem. All BEL employees are mobilized to open a new path with our partners for a more sustainable and responsible future of food“.   About Bel   The Bel Group is one of the world leaders in the branded cheese sector and a major player in the healthy snacking segment. Its portfolio of differentiated and international brands such as The Laughing Cow®, Kiri®, Mini Babybel®, Leerdammer®, Boursin®, Pom’Potes® and GoGo squeeZ®, as well as around twenty other local brands, enabled the Group to achieve a turnover of €3.4 billion in 2019.   12,400 employees in more than 40 subsidiaries around the world contribute to the deployment of the Group’s mission: a commitment to healthier and more responsible food for all. Its products are produced in 32 production sites and distributed in nearly 120 countries.