Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have established a partnership in an attempt to drive up recycling and prevent waste across the conurbation.
The Resource Greater Manchester (RGM) partnership will provide a strategic programme of work to help Greater Manchester achieve its ambitions towards zero waste.
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’.
Wales is closer than ever to reaching its 2025 recycling, reuse and composting target of 70 per cent, with the latest government statistics for the 12 months to September 2016 reporting a rate of 62 per cent, a four per cent increase on 2015.
The growing campaign to introduce a deposit-return scheme for bottles in the UK has gained more momentum after beverage giant Coca-Cola announced its support for a Scottish trial after years of opposition.