The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has called on all political parties to include commitments to embed progress on resource productivity and efficiency as part of their election manifestos ahead of June’s general election.
Independent think thank Green Alliance has published a collection of short essays from business and policy professionals saying the government must go ‘much further’ to embed resource efficiency in the UK economy.
A possible extension of the landfill tax to punish illegal disposal and new packaging recycling targets for paper, aluminium, steel and wood were included in today’s Budget, but climate change policies were a notable omission.
The government will hold a consultation later this year to consider how best to ban the tiny fragments of plastic used as exfoliants in cosmetic products, with the hope of finalising a ban sometime in 2017.
A broader definition for ‘biowaste’ and obligatory separate collection of organic waste should be included in a revised Circular Economy Package, according to the Bio-Based and Biodegradable Industries Association.
European Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella says that the implementation of the Circular Economy Package’s action plan is ‘on track’, but has warned that a progress report will not be carried out for another five years.
The Joint Trade Association has been chosen to operate the UK’s waste electrical and electronic equipment compliance fee mechanism for 2015, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has announced.