Recycler and exporter Vanden Recycling has calculated that the UK will see 350,000 tonnes of plastic go unrecycled in 2018, as a result of the impending ban on imports of plastic scrap and other waste materials into China.
Member states have come under fire for allegedly dragging their heels over prior commitments to the EU’s Circular Economy Package ahead of the year’s final round of negotiations between the EU institutions.
The government wants to position the UK as a world leader in maximising the value we extract from our resources, strengthening the market for secondary materials and moving towards a more circular economy, its new Industrial Strategy has said.
The waste and resources industry has issued a cautiously positive response to the Autumn Budget, which included a call for evidence on a single-use plastics tax and extra funding for the Environment Agency to tackle waste crime.
The prospect of an independent environmental protection body being established in the UK post-Brexit has inched further forward after Environment Secretary Michael Gove revealed plans to open a consultation at the start of 2018.
Online sellers should be legally required to take on the duties of ‘producer’ under the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive amid accusations of freeriding, say WEEE collection and recycling associations.
The Health and Safety Executive has released its sector plan for increasing safety in the waste and recycling industry, identifying reducing fatal injuries from moving vehicles and incidence of musculoskeletal disorders and lung disease among employees as priorities.
Three days of expert discussion and presentations covered a lot of waste and resources ground at the RWM Conference in Birmingham this week. Here’s a snapshot of some of the things that we picked up wandering the show floor.