Environmental organisation Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government have allocated more than £820,000 to the resource management industry to help combat challenges arising from Covid-19 restrictions.
The funding will go towards both upgrading infrastructure to improve its environmental performance and putting in measures to prevent the virus spreading between workers.
Zero Waste Scotland has announced that Scotland’s waste-related carbon emissions for 2018 have fallen to 30 per cent below the 2011 baseline, but warns there is still ‘more to be done’ to reach the net-zero greenhouse gases target by 2045.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that it will be extending the plastic bag charge in England to all retailers from April 2021 as part of its ‘war on plastic waste’.
Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a consultation on the future of recycling in the country as it seeks to reach a 65 per cent recycling rate by 2035.
Powys County Council in Wales has condemned “antisocial acts” and “selfish behaviour” leading to the contamination of tonnes of recyclable material, warning if misuse of community recycling sites continues they risk closure.
The Welsh Government has announced that it has ‘widened the scope’ of its £6.5-million Circular Economy Fund to help the Welsh economy become “more resilient” as it responds to the coronavirus pandemic.