Environment Secretary Michael Gove says he hasn't given enough thought to the Chinese ban on waste imports that could rock the UK's recycling industry, despite it coming into action in two months' time.
A response to the ‘urgent problem’ of Chinese restrictions on imports of paper and plastic wastes will need to focus on quality and markets, WRAP CEO Marcus Gover has told trade associations and Defra in an open letter.
Waste associations have written to Resources Minister Therese Coffey calling on Defra to "take urgent action" to support the recycling industry following China’s ban on the import of all scrap plastics and unsorted waste paper.
Businesses from the Consumer Goods Forum and Champions 12.3 coalition have issued a call to action to simplify and standardise food date labels worldwide by 2020 in a bid to reduce food waste as Champions 12.3 releases a progress report on global efforts to reduce food waste.
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.