The UK is not doing enough to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says a new report by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), although UK action on food waste was briefly highlighted as a ‘good example’.
MEPs have called on the EU to step up its actions on fighting food waste, unanimously agreeing proposals around making redistribution of surplus food easier and imposing labelling improvements on products.
Defra says that it is ‘committed’ to publishing its long-term environmental plan after a leaked draft of the long-awaited document was criticised by environmental groups amid rumours it may never see the light of day.
Litterers could be fined up to £150 and councils stopped from charging householders for disposing DIY household waste at recycling centres as part of the government’s new and long-anticipated litter strategy for England.
North London Waste Authority has responded to government’s draft industrial strategy, pointing out that it makes no mention of waste, the circular economy or society’s need to manage physical resources better.
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.
Six materials, including a bioplastic composite paper, a wetsuit made from natural rubber, and packaging made from up-cycled agricultural residuals have been announced as the finalists for Bio-Based Material of the Year 2017.
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.
‘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’.