Businesses part of The Consumer Goods Forum (CFG) and Champions 12.3 have issued a call to action to simplify and standardize food date labels worldwide by 2020 in a bid to reduce food waste, as food companies outshine governments in the fight against food waste, according to a progress report by Champions 12.3.
A campaign has been launched for the UN to recognise a large area of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean as an official country, with former US Vice President Al Gore becoming the first honorary citizen of ‘the Trash Isles.’
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has released a list of materials that will be banned from import from the start of 2018. Steel, copper, nickel, aluminium, zinc and tin were notable absences, according to Reuters.
The UN Oceans Conference has seen hundreds of commitments made and a ‘call to action’ released as UN member states pledge to work to protect the oceans, while ISWA has set up a Marine Litter Task Force.
When it comes to being resource efficient, turning a waste stream into a resource is about as good as it gets, and always has been. Why, then, is industrial symbiosis an idea that has struggled to gain traction in the UK?
As the city rises up the development index, Bogotá’s waste services are undergoing structural transformation. Now Colombia’s waste-picking recicladores are fighting to play their part as services are commercialised.
McDonald’s has come under fire from Zero Waste France for its recycling and waste management methods, with the group also calling for a transformation in how fast food chains manage and report their waste.
Shipbreaking must take place in safe recycling facilities after at least 52 workers lost their lives preparing vessels for recycling in 2016, according to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s annual report.
At least 30 people have died and rescue efforts are continuing following a landslide at a landfill site in Sri Lanka, which destroyed nearly 80 homes – the second major landfill disaster in as many months.
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.