Loopholes in the EU’s Single Use Plastic (SUP) Directive providing possible exemptions for natural polymers could undermine the legislation’s aim to reduce the environmental impact of single-use products, according to a new report from Eunomia Research and Consulting.
Cardiff residents that persistently place non-recyclable items in recycling containers face the prospect of a fine and prosecution if they do not heed warnings from Cardiff Council to recycle properly as part of the council’s bid to reduce contamination and increase the city’s recycling rate.
A new report from Dutch social enterprise Circle Economy has revealed that the global economy is consuming a record 100 billion tonnes of materials a year, while the reuse of resources has gone into reverse.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has reintroduced the Agriculture Bill to Parliament, with soil quality at the heart of a new land management system that rewards farmers for environmental protection.
Cornwall County Council has agreed a new eight-year waste and recycling collection contract with Biffa, which is expected to increase tonnages of recyclable materials collected at the kerbside by 59 per cent.
A new report from the Environmental Services Association (ESA), produced by Eunomia Research and Consulting, has concluded that local authorities in England that contract out their waste services achieve higher recycling rates than in-house services.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has approved the fifth phase of its Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), which will see large retailers operate in-store take-back schemes from 2021.
The Queen’s Speech has outlined the new government’s agenda for the coming year in the State Opening of Parliament, which includes banning the export of plastic waste to non-OECD countries and creating a ‘world-leading’ environmental watchdog.
Paul Vanston, CEO of the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN), calls on the resources and waste industry to be bold in its actions to combat climate change and advance the circular economy in 2020.