This autumn, Taiwan hosted its first trade exhibition and conference dedicated to the circular economy. Charles Newman reports on the innovations that reflect this new focus on managing the flow of waste materials into new products.
Key stakeholders have largely welcomed the publication of the Resources and Waste Strategy by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), calling it a “blueprint for the future” and “bold and radical”, though some reservations remain.
Plans to introduce separate food waste collections to every household in England by 2023 and ensure producers pay for the costs of managing their waste packaging have been included in the long-awaited Resources and Waste Strategy.
Nespresso is set to become the first coffee company to use responsibly-sourced aluminium to produce its coffee capsules after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with aluminium producer Rio Tinto Aluminium.
The European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations (EPRO) is inviting companies across Europe to enter their products for the EPRO Best Recycled Plastic Product Innovation and Sustainability Awards.
A tax will be placed on the manufacture and import of plastic packaging containing less than 30 per cent recycled plastic, the Treasury’s Autumn Statement has revealed, though a coffee cup levy will not be introduced.
A new cross-sector partnership between Veolia and Unilever will see three years of investment into new technologies to increase the recycling of plastics in countries across the world.A new cross-sector partnership between Veolia and Unilever will see three years of investment into new technologies to increase the recycling of plastics in countries across the world.