Government ‘needs to legislate for consistent recycling labelling

OPRL, the UK’s world-leading resources and recycling not-for-profit, is today (8 September) launching its #MakeItEasy campaign, spearheading a broad coalition of brands, retailers and organisations campaigning to ensure the benefits of its existing world-class labelling are not undermined by a free for all in label design, confusing consumers and reducing effective recycling.. As the Environment […]

WRAP launches Textiles 2030 ‘Ten years to transform textiles’

Textiles 2030 is WRAP’s new ground-breaking, expert-led initiative, harnessing the knowledge and expertise of UK leaders in sustainability to accelerate the whole fashion and textiles industry’s move towards circularity and system change in the UK. Textiles 2030 has already secured commitment from numerous brands and retailers, re-use/recycling organisations and affiliates. The first major high-street names […]

Survey shows, people want the government to green the tax system

The new survey findings suggest people want the government to do, and spend, more on the environment, with 80 per cent believing the government should be responsible for dealing with environmental issues. 62 per cent said they want higher government spending to address them. The survey found that people believe they can do more, too, […]

First of its kind Online Repair Directory launches in Wales

As a successful recipient of the Welsh Government’s Circular Economy fund, the Repair Directory was developed by lead Council, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, working with Resource Efficiency Wales and The Restart Project. As per the original London based Repair Directory, the user can input their postcode/area into the online platform, along with other selectable […]

Waste not, wontons: innovator recycled 32m restaurant chopsticks

The idea was born over trays of sushi. Felix Böck, then a PhD student at Canada’s University of British Columbia, was venting his frustration over the scant interest in his proposal to use waste wood from demolition and construction sites. How, he wondered, could he convince people that there’s no such thing as waste, but […]

Amsterdam Green Coins Initiative.

Amsterdam is a bicycle-loving metropolis. Around 60% of trips around the inner city are done on a bike, making its claim to be an environmentally-friendly capital substantial. Their Green Coin Initiative further bolsters that assertion. Starting off as a pilot project in Amsterdam’s Noord District, residents are rewarded for recycling their plastic items with green […]

Recycling robot for your home

We all want to recycle more but doing it can be an annoying chore sometimes. Now, there’s this Lasso robot that can help save you time, while helping to save the planet as well! Lasso, a new start-up, introduced a nifty robot capable of accepting, identifying and preparing recycling materials. Just drop something in the […]

Defra publishes Waste Management Plan for England

Defra is currently consulting on measures to increase consistency in the materials collected for recycling. It expects expect the reforms, including the separate weekly collection of food waste, to impact upon necessary collection infrastructure. The call was issued as part of Defra’s revised Waste Management Plan for England, published today (27 January). Local authorities who […]

Premier Inn to install EV chargers at 300 hotels

The company has partnered with energy major ENGIE UK & Ireland and its charging point provider GeniePoint to install and power the chargers. It is targeting 600 charging points within the next three years, with the option to add up to 400 more in the longer-term. ENGIE UK & Ireland, which is installing the chargers […]

Regulator approves UK’s first recycling plant for household batteries

The £2 million state-of-the-art facility in Elland, West Yorkshire has processing capacity for 25,000 tonnes of household batteries annually. This means it can recycle all UK’s spent alkaline and zinc carbon batteries thereby avoiding the need for them to be shipped to mainland Europe for treatment. Alkaline and zinc carbon batteries account for around 80% […]

Three-quarters of adults get ‘green glow’ from environmental action, poll claims

Three-quarters of adults get a “green glow” from doing something positive for the environment, a new poll claims. A feeling of joy comes from sorting recycling into the correct boxes, batch cooking to minimise food waste, and buying second-hand clothes. Other satisfying tasks include buying eco-friendly tech, cycling or walking instead of driving, and upcycling, […]