Research into converting waste potatoes into gels that could be used in pharmaceutical, beauty and home products is seeking to turn the millions of tonnes of vegetables thrown away each year into a manufacturing resource.
Oldham Council is likely to follow several of its neighbouring authorities in implementing three-weekly residual waste collections to reduce the impacts of rapidly rising waste disposal costs in Greater Manchester.
Eco packaging firm Vegware has released a short film offering a solution to the problem of coffee cups recycling in the UK. Under 1 in 400 disposable cups are recycled, with 7 million sent to landfill daily, as highlighted by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s War on Waste.
Though they’re currently banned in the UK, pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) schemes where people pay for how much they use, following the ‘polluter pays’ principle, are popular on the Continent. Jennifer McDowall takes a trip around Europe to find out what we can learn from PAYT practitioners.