The European Parliament has voted to support the Green Deal for Europe, backing proposals which include a circular economy action plan, an EU-wide model for separate collection of waste and rules on mandatory recycled content.
A report from think tank Green Alliance has highlighted that supermarkets are under increasing public pressure to cut down on plastic, resulting in the increased use of alternative materials which often have greater environmental consequences.
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.
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.
West Sussex County Council has announced that it will be ending payments of recycling credits to District and Borough Councils from 1 April 2020, claiming the system has ‘not driven any significant improvement in performance’.
The European Bioplastics annual market data update has confirmed that the bioplastics industry is set to grow over the next five years, though production levels pale in comparison to those of primary plastic production.
Annual November savings event, Black Friday, encourages excessive consumerism but this year organisations are promoting creative making, upcycling and repairing to bring communities together and reduce environmental damage.
Environmental compliance scheme Ecosurety has launched a £1 million fund to support projects tackling the environmental impacts of packaging, batteries or waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The Federation of Small Businesses has called for businesses under 200 square feet in size to be exempt from the Scottish deposit return scheme for beverage containers due to space and staffing restrictions.
The leading trade association for the UK plastics industry has published a survey revealing that a majority of its members want to remain in the EU and believe that a no-deal Brexit will have a significant impact on their businesses.