A bottle deposit return scheme is among five actions put forward by think tank Green Alliance that could help to reduce marine plastic pollution by up to two thirds, after new analysis from the think tank revealed that current government policy will only deal with two per cent of the problem.
The UK is currently on course to meet recycling obligations for all key packaging materials, according to new figures, though the potential Chinese ban on some imports could see more price volatility on the horizon.
New research from a team at US university UC Santa Barbara have discovered that humans have produced 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic since the 1950s and the advent of industrial scale production of synthetic materials.
The government is to introduce legislation to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in cosmetic products from 2018, as new Environment Secretary Michael Gove pledges greater action on ocean plastics.
Michael Gove has pledged to recast the UK’s ambition for its environment, promising to deliver a ‘Green Brexit’ as business leaders call on the government to take leadership on the creation of a more sustainable economy.
Coca-Cola is to double the amount of recycled plastic in all of its bottles produced in the UK, from 25 percent to 50 percent, it announced at its sustainable packaging strategy announcement in London this week.
Bioplastic manufacturer Novamont has pledged to create a minimum bio-based content of 40 per cent across its MATER-BI bioplastics range in an attempt to further reduce the carbon impact of its products.
The Scottish Government has commissioned Zero Waste Scotland to carry out ‘detailed work’ on how a deposit-return scheme could work in the country, presenting a significant step in the campaign to reinvent how plastic packaging is recycled.
Members of the waste and resources industry descended on London this week for two days of discussion on the sector's hot topics. Producer responsibility, stuttering recycling rates, Brexit and a large serving of politics were the major talking points. Here are some of our main takeaways.
A two-month expedition to study the ‘plastisphere’ of the Mediterranean Sea departed from the coast of Italy on Thursday, as scientists seek to study how the alarming formation of a plastic-based marine ecosystem will affect the sea and humans.
A route map to turn London into one of the world’s most resource efficient cities has been launched by LWARB, calling on stakeholders from local government to community groups to carry out a range of actions targeting five key areas including food waste and plastics.