June 26, 2012 3.30 pm This story is over 118 months old

Trading Standards waste-conscious over packaging

Less packaging: Trading Standards are encouraging people to buy products with less waste casing.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards are reminding people to be mindful of over-the-top packaging over the summer period.

Trading Standards feel that due to the party season, more products are likely to be over-packaged, leading to more waste.

On average, households in the country throw around 4.9 million tonnes of packaging each year.

Heather Bellamy from Lincolnshire Trading Standards said: “With Wimbledon, the Olympics and Paralympics, this is a summer for celebrating.

“But when we party we tend to buy items that are more convenient and these can be excessively packaged.

“If we shop carefully, we can still have a great time while also doing our bit for the environment.

“We should expect products to be reasonably packaged, to ensure they are protected and kept clean.

“However, it can be frustrating when items are over-packaged – wasting your money and raw materials.”

“If you feel you have little choice but to buy a heavily packaged item, please report it to us by calling 01522 782341.

“We can then advise the company on how they might be able to reduce the amount of packaging they use.”

Source: Lincolnshire County Council