With European guidance still going through the bureaucratic process and national policy seemingly well down the pecking order, local and regional authorities can take the reins and steer their areas into a more circular way of living.
The European Parliament has voted to take on proposals to raise the European recycling target to 70 per cent by 2030 and to determine a single calculation method for recycling rates ahead of negotiations for the EU’s Circular Economy Package.
‘Packaging for people, planet and profit’ is intended to ‘support businesses in considering packaging as part of the total product system for delivering products from point of production to point of consumption’.
Centre-right think tank Policy Exchange has claimed the EU’s ‘ill-defined’ Circular Economy Package could cost UK businesses an extra £2 billion over the next 20 years, though others have questioned the report’s conclusions.
Bolton Council is hailing the ‘great success’ of its introduction of slim bin, beating savings targets three months early, but fire chiefs have suggested the containers could be playing a part in increasing arson of ‘loose refuse’.