The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘tried and tested’ as: ‘denoting something that has proven in the past to be effective or reliable’. Deposit return systems (DRS) are a tried and tested way of significantly increasing recycling rates while reducing plastic pollution and marine litter, which likely explains why support for such schemes has been gaining momentum all over the world as a solution to the problems caused by single-use beverage packaging.
A new report published by Nextek and Resource Futures sets out frameworks for improving the role of the UK secondary plastics market, warning that many recent initiatives could ultimately detract from efforts to move to a circular economy.
From marine litter and the UK Plastics Pact to China’s waste ban and the future of waste and resources strategy, here are some of our key moments from a busy two days of discussion and debate at CIWM’s Resourcing the Future conference.
A new report by Green Alliance finds that £1.7 billion worth of plastics, food and electronics are lost to the UK economy each year because UK collection systems do not enable domestic reuse or recycling.
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
Investment in energy-from-waste could boost UK GDP by £3 billion a year while diverting 60 million tonnes of waste from landfill, paving the way towards a circular economy, according to a new report by the Environmental Services Association.
Free public access to drinking water will be made available along the 870-mile Wales Coast Path as part of the Welsh Government’s plans to increase the provision of free drinking water across the country and reduce the consumption of single-use plastics.
The Paper Cup Alliance, which represents UK cup manufacturers, has claimed that a levy on disposable coffee cups could cost the economy £819 million and result in 11,000 job losses in the coffee retail sector.