‘Join the fight against zombie batteries’ urges ESA

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has relaunched its ‘Take Charge’ recycling campaign, as resurrected battery fires continue to haunt household waste recycling centres (HWRCs). Executive director Jacob Hayler said “Since we first launched ‘Take Charge‘ in 2020, the number of battery fires at recycling and waste facilities unfortunately seems to have risen considerably, and is […]

New research “major step” toward perpetually recyclable plastic

New research from CU Boulder, published in Nature Chemistry, details how a class of durable plastics widely used in the aerospace and microelectronics industries can be chemically broken down into their most basic building blocks and then formed once again into the same material. CU Boulder says this is a major step in the development […]

Liz Truss appoints new Defra & BEIS secretaries in reshuffle

Following Truss being confirmed as the UK’s Prime Minister, she began a broad reshuffle of cabinet positions. This includes the appointment of Ranil Jayawardena as the Secretary of State for Defra. Following Truss being confirmed as the UK’s Prime Minister, she began a broad reshuffle of cabinet positions. This includes the appointment of Ranil Jayawardena […]

Defra warns against a “blanket zero-tolerance” approach to issuing litter penalties

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) urged councils in June this year (2022) to be “targeted and proportionate” when using litter enforcement powers as it today (26 August) publishes its latest litter strategy update. The letter, sent from former Environment Secretary Jo Churchill, cites enforcement guidance, which advises on best practice for […]

Earth Overshoot Day 2022: Circular businesses are reversing overshoot

This year’s Earth Overshoot Day is on 28 July, which means from 1 January until this day, humanity has demanded as much from nature as the planet’s ecosystems can renew in a year. However, the organisers behind the awareness day say circular businesses are reversing overshoot. Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) organisers say the day is […]

Companies making shift to circular business models want more government help

Companies making the change from linear to circular business models, aimed at keeping products in use for much longer, want more help from the government, according to a new Green Alliance report. Circular Business: What companies need to make the switch calls on government to set mandatory reporting requirements for companies on emissions embedded in their […]

CIWM joins in call on new PM to commit to 2050 net zero target

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has signed a joint letter with 14 other professional bodies urging the Conservative MPs vying to become the next prime minister to re-commit to net zero targets. The co-signed letter from the Professional Bodies Climate Action Charter – represented 13 million members covering sectors including waste, construction and […]

MPs call for kerbside collections of soft plastics

Plastic film will be collected from “every home and business in the UK” by 2027 under EPR Luke Hall issued his plea during a debate in House of Commons this week (27 June), where he described lightweight soft plastics such as crisp packets, bread bags and chocolate wrappers as “one of the most common forms […]

Environment Agency calls on the sports industry to support Plastic Free July campaign

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The environment agency (EA) has invited the sports sector to mark Plastic Free July with a ‘kick plastic out of sport’ social media campaign. Campaign toolkits have been sent to over 100 organisations inviting them to raise awareness of environmentally-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic items. The toolkit has been created by the EA’s plastics and […]

Evian launches new recycling reward scheme at Wimbledon

Evian’s ‘Return4Reward’ is a new digital reward scheme launched in partnership with the digital green-tech company, Reward4Waste, which aims to encourage recycling behaviour and support recycling rates at Wimbledon 2022.

The Waste Hierarchy Explained!

Have you heard of the words “waste hierarchy” mentioned in relation to waste and recycling? The waste hierarchy is a system that ranks different types of waste from most to least environmentally friendly. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you understand it a bit better. What is the Waste Hierarchy? The Waste Hierarchy […]

Almost 9 in 10 UK adults don’t know what the circular economy is

A new survey of over 2,000 people suggests 87% of UK adults are unaware of what the circular economy is. Commissioned by YoungPlanet, the sustainability platform says this shows a “lack of understanding around one of the most important consumer behaviours that can help reduce carbon emissions”. It says experts predict that circular economy strategies […]