The British Plastics Federation Recycling Group (BPFRG) has launched a new strategy with the aim of improving plastic recycling in the UK, retaining valuable material and creating UK-based jobs through industry-led initiatives and regulation.
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.
Workers in the City of London are being urged to use brand new coffee cup recycling points springing up across the area as Hubbub’s ‘Square Mile Challenge’ aims to recycle half a million cups in April.
Absorbent hygiene product recycler Knowaste’s appeal against a planning rejection for a new plant in West London has also been rejected, leaving the company assessing its options about whether to continue its search for a new development.
Following updated guidance suggesting black plastic be added to ‘not recycled’ lists, the BBC magazine programme has taken a look at the difficulty in sorting such plastic trays, as well as a potential solution.
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.
The BPF says action on waste imports in China gives the UK an opportunity to drive up quality on recyclable materials, after more details were released about the crackdown of illegal shipments of waste into the country.
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 Resource Association and ESA is calling for the Treasury to show leadership to the waste industry in tomorrow’s Budget, with measures including green public procurement and extended producer responsibility on the wishlist.