Derby City Council has announced that it will be suspending its garden and food waste collections in light of the coronavirus outbreak, with general waste and dry recycling collections expected to be disrupted in the ‘coming weeks and months’.
The Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) has called on Tesco to change its approach to compostables after the supermarket chain included all compostable materials in its list of packaging that should not be used.
A group of cross-party MPs and Peers has signed an industry letter published the Guardian yesterday’s (28 January), calling on the government to include ambitious targets for compostables in the forthcoming Environment Bill.
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.
The European Commission’s European Green Deal includes proposals to introduce an EU-wide model for the separate collection of waste and rules on minimum recycled content, promising a step change in the EU’s approach to resources and waste.