China published last Wednesday (15 September) a five-year plan outlining the nation’s strategy for tackling plastics pollution.
The plan will see China’s recycling capacity expanded, alongside the promotion of ‘green’ plastic products. The plan also presents commitments to combat the overuse of plastics within the agriculture and packaging sectors. Additionally, and more contentiously, an increase in incineration volume is outlined.
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’.
The Environment Agency (EA) has announced that it will be increasing storage limits at waste transfer stations under its new standard rules permits, with details revealed in a consultation response document on Monday (24 August).
Glass recycling company Recresco has reiterated concerns from the glass industry over the mooted ‘all-in’ UK deposit return scheme (DRS) for beverage containers, warning it could have a “negative rather than a positive impact” on the UK recycling.
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow has warned the tobacco industry to “step up” and play its part in tackling cigarette butt litter or the government will consider legislating to force the industry to tackle the issue.