The Chinese government has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that it will be introducing a 0.5 per cent contamination limit on imports of waste materials, higher than the original 0.3 per cent proposed in August, but some way below the current 1.5 per cent limit.
By now we all know about the impact on plastic in the oceans, but do we comprehend where it’s actually coming from, as a study reveals that 90 per cent per cent of all plastic entering the marine environment comes from just ten major rivers?
Many ‘leading food retailers’ have taken steps towards agreeing to report their food waste figures individually using a common methodology following talks, although reports that a final agreement has been reached are believed to be premature.
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.
Anglesey has seen its recycling rate increase to a sizeable 66 per cent, up 10 per cent on 2015/16, thanks to the introduction of a three-weekly residual waste collection service and improved recycling options.
A round-up of news from the waste and resources sector including a new test for anaerobic digestion biomethane potential, food waste funding for Norfolk and an inquiry into the sustainability of the Ministry of Justice.
Social enterprise recycling company Bryson Recycling has been awarded a contract to continue delivering kerbside recycling services to over 14,500 homes in the Northern Ireland authority of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove says he hasn't given enough thought to the Chinese ban on waste imports that could rock the UK's recycling industry, despite it coming into action in two months' time.