Four years ago, online reuse platform Globechain was merely the pipe dream of a disillusioned investment banker, May Al-Karooni. Today, it has collected the Launch Nordic award and won Highly Commended at the Dell’s People’s Choice Awards for the circular economy, and is on the verge of breaking into the North American and European markets, with the ambition of being the number one reuse platform in the world, according to its founder.
China has established a year-long crackdown on the illegal smuggling of foreign waste, as it also continues to reject poorly-sorted legitimate shipments, sending 160 containers of contaminated paper recycling back to Ireland.
Planning applications for ‘environmentally-friendly’ waste management sites have dropped by 20 per cent in the past year as local authorities feel the squeeze from continuing budget cuts, according to commercial law firm EMW.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says residents that alert the council of fly-tippers and those not recycling properly should be rewarded, even suggesting that whistleblowers should receive refunds on their council tax.
A round-up of news from the waste and resources sector, including an appointment at Feedback, modernised recycling in Hackney, recycling for Sheffield Wednesday and a big night of catching Brighton fly-tippers.
The European Commission is taking Romania to the European Court of Justice for failing to close and rehabilitate 68 illegal landfills, as the UK is warned over continued air quality breaches in 16 areas.
SUEZ, one of the country’s largest waste management companies, has backed a deposit-return scheme, after reports emerged this week that officials at the Defra had said it was ‘unlikely’ that such a system would be considered as part of a forthcoming national litter strategy.