WRAP has released a progress report detailing the steps taken by members of the UK Plastics Pact to tackle plastics pollution, including removing black plastic packaging and replacing plastic cutlery and straws.
A report from the Committee on Climate Change says the UK can reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but will need to invest in low-carbon energy technologies and implement a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill by 2025.
Waste management company Biffa has announced a three-year partnership with UK-based charity WasteAid, which will see the company support WasteAid financially and share its expertise with communities in low-income countries to improve the management of waste.
Since its inception in 1993, Community RePaint has been working to reuse as much leftover paint as possible, redistributing 5.5 million litres to community organisations and low-income individuals at affordable prices, and providing training opportunities for people out of work up and down the country.
Scotland has reported a slight drop in its recycling rate to 58.9 per cent for 2017 amid an increase in total waste generated, according to official figures from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
MEPs in the European Parliament have approved plans to ban some single-use plastic products and increase the collection and recycling of plastic bottles, with legislation to be implemented in member states by 2021.
A new food waste reduction project has been launched by Zero Waste Scotland across Dundee, Angus and Fife as regions aim to meet the Scottish Government’s goal of reducing food waste by 33 per cent by 2025.