To borrow from Plato, strange times are these in which we live. While organisations and individuals are assessing a multitude of issues that result from coronavirus Covid-19, inevitable questions about what the outbreak means for recycling targets and compliance with the government’s laws on producer responsibility for packaging, electronics and batteries have already arisen.
The European Commission has today (11 March) published its new Circular Economy Action Plan, outlining measures to ensure that products are designed to last longer and are easier to reuse, repair and recycle.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has approved the fifth phase of its Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), which will see large retailers operate in-store take-back schemes from 2021.
German company Erdwich Zderkleinerungs-Systeme GmbH is working to advance the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) around the world, supplying equipment to recycling plants in Hong Kong and Portugal.
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.
Following the installation of the UK’s first automated compressor dismantling facility at the Environcom recycling plant in Grantham, Environcom CEO Cris Stephenson and REPIC CEO Mark Burrows-Smith explain more about the project.
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).