The European plastics industry has responded positively to the release of the EU’s first Europe-wide plastics strategy, expressing support for improved EPR and the headline goal of ensuring that all plastic packaging is recyclable by 2030.
Agreement on legislation designed to make Europe more resource efficient has been welcomed by industry groups, but with the caveat that reduced ambition in EU plans risks slowing down the transition to a circular economy.
International affairs think tank Chatham House is seeking to build an evidence base for circular economy opportunities in developing countries, and whether they could help such nations ‘leapfrog’ to more sustainable development pathways.
Recycling company Axion Polymers has re-formulated its recycled ABS polymer product to provide improved physical properties and a superior surface finish suitable for diverse applications from corner supports in window frames to furniture component parts.
Member states have come under fire for allegedly dragging their heels over prior commitments to the EU’s Circular Economy Package ahead of the year’s final round of negotiations between the EU institutions.
China is eyeing further restrictions on waste imports in the coming years beyond those set to come into force from the start of 2018, according to a new paper released by an advisory body including China’s Vice Premier and Environmental Protection Minister.
The UK could be heading for a future consisting of increased dangerous chemical use, poorly designed products and less ambitious waste reduction targets if the risks thrown up by Brexit are not properly dealt with, according to a new report by think tank Green Alliance.
Cutbacks planned by waste firm Viridor could lead to some 100 employees working in mechanical biological treatment facilities across Greater Manchester being served redundancy notices in a bid to cut costs.
The argument over the future of the UK’s residual waste treatment capacity has reopened today, after the ESA published a review of previous reports and reiterated the prediction that six million tonnes of residual waste will have nowhere to go in the UK by 2030.
By 2050 the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget, a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and backed by Stella McCartney claims, calling for a New Textiles Economy and ambitious change to stop the problem in its tracks.