Thames Water unveiled its new pop-up water bottle refill stations at BBC Countryfile Live, held over 2-5 August at Blenheim Palace, in a bid to get people to reduce their single-use plastic waste.
The initiative is part of the water company’s commitment to make free tap water more accessible for people on the move, playing into its #taptasticnotplastic campaign to reduce single-use plastic waste.
The Kraft Heinz Company has announced an aim to ensure that 100 per cent of its packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 as it seeks to reduce its natural resource usage and overall environmental footprint.
The international three day event held in Glasgow will feature sessions run by experts, along with sector-specific tours displaying the innovative work being done by Scottish businesses to become more circular.
The work portfolio of environmental consultancy firm Eunomia Research and Consulting continues to expand, with a commission to design a deposit return scheme for the Czech Republic and a new project to assess the circular economy potential of products in the EU market.
Critics have panned the BBC’s coverage of the controversial material, which the EU is in the process of restricting, with naturalist Chris Packham failing to declare his paid position as adviser with an oxo-plastics company during a televised discussion on the material.
A report from the National Audit Office has called the UK’s packaging recycling rates into question, warning that fraud and error in the PRN system are not being properly monitored by Defra and the Environment Agency.
The UK Government should set a municipal recycling target of 65 per cent and establish separate food waste collection for households and businesses by 2025 to provide a low-carbon future for the UK, according to the National Infrastructure Assessment.
Ministers from the UK, Welsh and Scottish Governments, as well as officials from Northern Ireland, met on 6 July to discuss plans for a collective deposit return scheme for drinks containers that would operate in all nations of the UK.