Teignbridge District Council in Devon has awarded a contract to recycling machinery specialists Middleton Engineering in response to increased recycling volumes at its Newton Abbot waste transfer and bulking station.
Residents in Rhondda Cynon Taf who mix recyclables in with their residual waste could face a £100 on-the-spot fine, following a vote in favour of a series of measures to increase recycling rates by the council’s cabinet last week (25 Jan).
Defra’s Chief Scientific Advisor recommended moving away from further investment in incineration capacity, warning increased capacity could actually sustain the flow of residual waste and lead to lower recycling rates.
Derry City and Strabane District Council in Northern Ireland has adopted a new economic strategy aimed at transitioning the region to a zero waste circular economy, with the potential to save up to £3 million a year as a result.
Resources Minister Therese Coffey says that she ‘challenges the view’ that the Chinese ban on waste imports presents a crisis for the UK, but suggested that dramatic rules on packaging could be on the way.
The Factor10 initiative from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, aiming to implement the circular economy across the world, has been launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, with signatories from over 30 international companies.
Industry figures have told MPs the Chinese ban on waste imports is ‘the biggest problem the UK recycling industry has ever faced’ and have called for domestic secondary market development to counteract its effects.