After the recent closure of the first four consultations on the proposals set out in the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, we have some time to think about the details.
Arguably the most fundamental potential change is extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging waste: through one of several proposed models, the government will aim to reclaim the full net cost of recovery for the packaging waste that producers generate via their products, fully applying the polluter... More
Lucy Frankel, Communications Director at compostable packaging manufacturer Vegware, applauds the University of Plymouth’s research on biodegradable carrier bags – it’s a timely reminder that each material can only be recycled in its correct facility.
Eunomia Chairman Dominic Hogg welcomes the release of four government consultations on packaging waste and recycling – but will a lack of joined-up thinking impede the creation of a coherent final system?
With plastics waste hogging the headlines, Allan Sandilands, Senior Consultant at Resource Futures, shines a light on construction waste – the ‘silent sector’ that has slipped under the radar at a time of heightened focus on waste and resources
With single-use plastic products increasingly under the spotlight, Jessica Baker, Managing Director of Chase Plastics Ltd., asks whether government and industry are guilty of looking the wrong way in the fight against plastic pollution
With a new study appearing to show that plastic carrier bag litter on the seabed has fallen as a result of the 5p charge, Chiarina Darrah, Senior Consultant at Eunomia, asks what lessons we can legitimately draw from the data.
As China’s import restrictions see levels of waste plastic rise in the UK, Keith Freegard, Director of Axion Polymers, argues that low-grade materials should be landfilled rather than burnt for energy.
ReFood Commercial Director Philip Simpson suggests the recently announced £200-million waste budget boost for local authorities is masking rising landfill disposal costs, for which there are economic alternatives.