The EU’s main institutions will meet to discuss Circular Economy legislation for the first time next Tuesday after the European Council agreed a negotiating mandate that is believed to contain a 60 per cent recycling target for 2030.
The Conservative Party has reiterated plans for a 25-year environment plan and pledged to support better packaging and rubbish collection in a pre-election manifesto lacking any depth on resources or their management.
The Liberal Democrats have promised to support the transition to a circular economy, pledging to introduce a Zero-Waste Act and a 70 per cent statutory waste recycling target for England in their manifesto.
Shipbreaking must take place in safe recycling facilities after at least 52 workers lost their lives preparing vessels for recycling in 2016, according to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s annual report.
The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority has confirmed its intention to end its 25-year PFI contract with Viridor Laing just eight years in, with the consortium indicating it will seek compensation over the termination.
Waste crime in England is costing £604 million a year in losses to the waste industry and the taxpayer, and the ESA says that tighter regulation is needed to stop waste criminals currently flouting the system unimpeded.
The government should establish a national food waste reduction target, with retailers forced to publish figures on their food waste, after a voluntary approach has proved ‘inadequate’, says Parliament’s EFRA Committee.