Aylesford Newsprint goes into administration
Aylesford Newsprint, a paper manufacturer which specialises in recycling paper for reuse as newsprint, has gone into administration.
GIB invests in groundbreaking £111m recycling plant
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is one of three investors funding a first-of-its-kind £111m recycling and waste facility in Scotland.
Eight million tonnes of plastic waste shifts from land to sea every year, new study finds
Around eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world's oceans each year, according to a new study.
Defra report: Waste sector adds nearly £7bn to UK economy
The waste sector added £6.8bn in gross value to the economy in 2013 and supported 103,000 jobs, according to new government figures released on Thursday.
Unilever achieves zero waste to landfill across global manufacturing network
Unilever is now sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from its global factory network of 240 factories in 67 countries, saving more than €200m in waste costs.
Business leaders 'value' transport infrastructure more than waste
Business executives and urban policymakers across the world place more value on transport infrastructure than waste management services, according to a new report from FCC.
MPs urge Government to provide WRAP with 'sufficient funding' to help tackle food waste
A cross-party group of MPs has urged the Government to provide WRAP with 'sufficient public funding' for it to maintain momentum in its food waste reduction programmes.
Circular economy 'could create more than 200,000 jobs' in the UK
The development of a circular economy could create more than 200,000 jobs across the UK by 2030, according to a new study by WRAP and Green Alliance.
L'Oreal aims to improve environmental profile of packaging labels
Cosmetics giant L'Oreal Americas and self-adhesive label firm Avery Dennison are collaborating to identify and reduce the environmental impacts of packaging labels throughout the entire label lifecycle.
Scottish fashion designers encouraged to apply for textile fund to aid circular economy
Textile and fashion designers in Scotland are being encouraged to apply for funding from Zero Waste Scotland to help them reduce textile waste.
Finnish dairy firm claims 'world first' with use of bio-based carton pack
Valio, a Finnish dairy company, has claimed that it has become the first company in the world to sell products to consumers in carton packaging made entirely from plant-based materials.
AD will help keep the UK's lights on, says Huhne
Anaerobic digestion (AD) will help the UK to keep its lights on and provide energy security because it has the ability to supply power that can be easily switched on and off, according to former energy secretary Chris Huhne.
Waste and resource management sector outlines key priorities for next Government
The major trade bodies representing the UK's waste management and recycling sector have written to the main political parties in England summarising the key policy proposals that they would like to see implemented after the May 2015 General Election.
WRAP attains charitable status four months early
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has announced that it has registered as a charity following a successful application to the Charity Commission.
MPs urge food industry to increase surplus redistribution
A cross-party group of MPs has urged the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to set food retailers and manufacturers a target of doubling the proportion of surplus food they redistribute to food assistance providers and other voluntary organisations to help eliminate hunger.
UK heading for waste treatment overcapacity, new report finds
The UK is at risk of having far more incineration capacity than it needs by 2017/18, according to a new report by resource management consultancy Eunomia.
Local authorities urge chewing gum makers to help pay for clean-up costs
Councils have urged chewing gum makers to help pay for the multimillion-pound cost of removing discarded pieces from the streets.
FEAD president urges new Environment Commissioner to back circular economy package
The president of European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, David Palmer-Jones, has written to the new European Commissioner for the environment Karmenu Vella urging him to back the European Commission's circular economy package.
Ann Summers renews recycling contract with Helistrat
Lingerie and sex toy specialist Ann Summers has renewed its recycling and waste contract with Helistrat.
ReFood unveils industry-first food waste scholarship
Food waste recycling specialist ReFood has unveiled the industry's first dedicated scholarship programme to inspire the next generation of sustainable students.
Resource management firm FCC Environment unveils 'mapping the politics of waste' report
Recycling and resource management firm FCC Environment has launched an assessment of how the UK's political landscape might affect the waste and resource agenda over the next five years.
Electrical giants sign green pledge
Global electrical powerhouses including Panasonic, Samsung and LG Electronics are among 50 major players in the electricals sector who have signed up to a new green commitment that focuses on reducing the environmental impact of the products they manufacture.
CIWM and ESA announce new strategic alliance
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) have announced that they will be working together more closely and creating a new independent entity called Resources & Waste UK.
Novelis makes new high-recycled content pledge for beverage can sheet production
Aluminium giant Novelis has announced that all of its aluminium can sheet will be under its high-recycled content brand by 2017.
Resource Association to partner with CIWM and ESA for 2015 conference
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) president John Quinn has announced that the Resource Association will be partnering with CIWM and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) to host its annual conference next year.
Zero Waste Scotland launches new funding scheme to improve recycling quality
Zero Waste Scotland has unveiled a new £90,000 capital grant fund for materials recovery facility (MRF) operators to purchase standardised testing equipment enabling them to effectively test, monitor and record their material quality.
Committee on Climate Change chair urges UK-EU co-operation on environment
Former Environment Minister and Committee on Climate Change chair Lord Deben has said that the UK must work closely with its European neighbours to help protect the environment.
Government rejects parliamentary committee's call to ban food waste from landfill
The Government has rejected calls, made by the Environmental Audit Committee, to require new products to be recyclable and to ban food waste going to landfill to help stimulate the circular economy.
Carbon Trust and WRAP team up to deliver resource efficiency support for Welsh firms
WRAP Cymru and the Carbon Trust have announced that they are to work in partnership to help Welsh businesses and public sector organisations to become more resource efficient.
Resource management firms join Zero Waste Scotland's Sector Commitment
Glasgow Computer Recycling and Barr Environmental have become the latest companies to sign up for Zero Waste Scotland's Resource Sector Commitment.
Brits prevent food waste to save money, new survey finds
UK householders are changing their eating habits and preventing food waste due to financial pressures, according to a new survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
CIWM: EFRA report 'could have gone further'
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has welcomed the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's (EFRA) waste management report, but also said its recommendations could have gone further.
Defra slammed for 'stepping back' from waste
Defra has been slammed for "stepping back" from waste and needs to show strong leadership in order to improve England's recycling rate, a cross-party committee of MPs has said.
Resource management industry gives thumbs up to circular economy, new report finds
The resource management sector has embraced the circular economy and is positive about the financial and environmental opportunities it offers, according to a new report.
Sainsbury's to stop Nectar points for bag reuse
Retail giant Sainsbury's has announced that it will stop rewarding shoppers with Nectar points for every bag they reuse from April next year, as part of wider changes to its loyalty programme.
Carrier bag charge: In numbers
On Monday (20 October), Scotland will introduce its levy on single-use carrier bags (SUCB), meaning they can no longer be given away free of charge. To help explain the facts and figures surrounding the levy, edie has compiled a list of carrier bag sustainability statistics.
FCC Environmental US division sold for €70m
Leading waste management firm FCC Environmental has today (17 October) announced it is selling its division in the US to cleaning and waste management firm Heritage-Crystal Clean.
New energy-from-waste plant hits Exeter
Devon County Council has opened a new energy-from-waste facility which will generate renewable energy from 60,000 tonnes of household waste in Exeter and surrounding areas.
Councils improve recycling rates by adopting reward schemes, new study finds
Local authorities that introduce recycling incentives for households tend to have higher recycling rates than those that offer compulsory recycling systems, according to new research.
WRAP chief praises Wales' green achievements
Wales is leading the green agenda and is on track to secure a resource efficient future, according to WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin.
Demolition firm and waste management specialist team up to recycle dismantled tower blocks in Nottingham
Reclamation specialist Total Reclaims and waste management firm Wastecycle have worked together to reuse and recycle around 30,000 tonnes of material left over from a demolition site, where five tower blocks were bulldozed, in Nottingham.
Pickles reiterates stance on weekly bin collections
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has reiterated his stance on weekly bin collections and claimed that the previous Labour Government ignored the electorate by focusing on fortnightly collections.
Big brands team up with Recoup to launch new plastics recycling campaign
Big brands such as Coca-Cola Enterprises, Nestlé and retailer Marks & Spencer have partnered up to launch a new plastics recycling campaign called Pledge 4 Plastics.
Lib Dems plan five new laws for a 'greener' Britain
The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, the party announced today.
California lawmakers give green light to plastic bag ban
A ban on single-use plastic bags in California is expected to be signed into law after the states senate passed a bill barring single-use plastic bags from retailers from next July.
PET recycling rates rise in Europe, new report finds
PET is the most recycled plastic material in Europe, according a Brussels-based trade association.
Costa signs up to paper cup recycling scheme
Coffeehouse giant Costa has announced that it has joined a paper cup recycling scheme called Simply Cups.
National Grid's 'T-Pylons' to be made in the UK
Mabey Bridge, a UK manufacturer of tubular structures, has been awarded the first contract to deliver supporting structures for National Grid's new generation of 'T-Pylons', which is smaller than the traditional lattice pylons.
Scotland unveils strategy to tackle marine litter
The Scottish Government has announced that it has launched a new strategy to tackle marine litter.
Packaging manufacturer BPI cuts waste by one third
Polythene maker BPI Group has announced that it has cut its packaging waste by one third in the past six years.
Sony to sell flame-retardant recycled plastic to external customers
Sony Corporation has announced that it plans to sell its flame-retardant recycled plastic to a wide variety of manufacturing business operators such as consumer electronics retailers, both within Japan and abroad.
Sainsbury's claims UK first with 100% recycled plastic food crate launch
Supermarket giant Sainsbury's is claiming that it is the first UK retailer to recycle its old food crates into more efficient ones made from 100% recycled material.
Orange opens mobile phone collection facility in Ivory Coast
Telecommunications giant Orange has teamed up with charity Emmaüs International to open a mobile phone collection facility in Ivory Coast, West Africa.
British firm and Swedish forestry giant unveil 'sustainable' alternative to plastic
A British paper and technical fibres company and a Swedish forestry giant have unveiled a sustainable alternative to plastic which they claim is strong enough to carry the weight of an adult and can be composted within 100 days.
Hovis unveils sugarcane-based bread bag
Bread brand Hovis has announced that it has rolled out a new plant-based bread bag across its Seed Sensation range in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.
WRAP expects charity application process to be complete by March 2015
WRAP is expecting to achieve charitable status by the end of March, according to its chief executive Liz Goodwin.
Food waste used to construct Commonwealth Games venues
Scottish food waste has been transformed into compost and used in the development of Commonwealth Games venues in Glasgow, according to Zero Waste Scotland.
Government unveils food buying standard to help public sector cut waste
Central Government will commit to buying locally-sourced food through a new food and drink buying standard, from 2017, which will aim to cut waste, according to newly-appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss.
Resource management industry urges Government to launch investigation into waste facility 'infrastructure gap'
A resource management industry group has written to a number of ministers urging them to launch an investigation into tackling the UK's waste facility "infrastructure gap".
WRAP chief calls for UK to aim for food waste-free future
The UK needs to take bolder steps in tackling food waste to help future generations avoid resource scarcity challenges, according to WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin.
Time for waste measurements to get a 'sophisticated' makeover
Is it time for waste measurements to become a little more sophisticated? Chartered environmentalist Mike Tregent thinks so. He outlines why the UK needs to shift from weight-based targets to carbon-based targets for recycling.
Plastic bag usage on the up, WRAP data shows
The number of single-use plastic bags handed out to shoppers by UK supermarkets has risen for the fourth year running, according to new figures for WRAP.
UK is losing £1.7bn each year due to disjointed recycling system, study finds
The UK is losing £1.7bn worth of recyclable and reusable products each year because its recycling system is disjointed, according to a new report.
Political outlook on green issues is fractured, says Huhne
The political outlook on green issues for the UK is substantially more fractured now than it was in 2010, according to former energy secretary Chris Huhne.
Resource management industry calls for Government to show 'clear leadership' on waste policy
England will risk missing its 2020 EU recycling target if the Government fails to show clear leadership on waste policy, industry leaders have warned.
Labour call for cross-Government strategy to improve leadership on circular economy
A cross-Government strategy is needed to improve leadership on the circular economy, Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment Barry Gardiner has warned.
Welsh businesses walk the talk on waste-to-landfill reduction
Wales is moving ever-closer to adopting a resource-efficient circular economy with businesses in the commercial, construction and demolition sectors all recycling more than ever.
B&M opens £1m commercial waste facility in Manchester
Waste management firm B&M Waste Services has opened a £1m facility in Manchester to process commercial waste into refuse derived fuel (RDF) for export to Germany.
Ford and Heinz work together to develop waste tomato-based plastics
Car giant Ford Motor Company and food giant H.J. Heinz Company have announced that they are working together to explore the use of tomato fibres in developing bioplastic materials that can be used in vehicle manufacturing.
Severn Trent Water invests in £13m AD plant
Severn Trent Water has announced that it will be investing £13m in a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant that will convert household food waste into energy.
Waitrose unveils misshapen tomatoes in bid to cut food waste
Waitrose has announced that it has started to sell a range of misshapen tomatoes in an attempt to cut down on food waste.
Scottish Parliament approves carrier bag charge
The Scottish Parliament has approved new regulations to introduce a charge for single-use carrier bags.
WRAP launches £800,000 waste prevention fund
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has launched a new £800,000 fund to help business partnerships bring about "innovative" waste prevention projects.
BRC: EU proposal to scrap 'best before' labels could lead to more food waste
Scrapping 'best before' dates on jam, rice and coffee packaging could lead to more food waste, according to the British Retail Consortium.
Tesco reveals food waste figures as it targets hotspots for action
Tesco has revealed for the first time how much food it has wasted within its UK operations over the past year in a bid to be more transparent on the issue.
EU moves to scrap 'best before' labels in bid to cut food waste
A group of European Union states led by the Netherlands and Sweden are calling on the European Commission to scrap 'best before' labels on a host of long life products in a bid to cut down on food waste.
Dell unveils new packaging made from greenhouse gas-based plastic
Computer giant Dell has announced that it will be using packaging made from greenhouse gas-based plastic to protect its products.
Volkswagen Group focuses on resource efficiency to help meet sustainability goals
Car manufacturer Volkswagen Group has announced that it will adopt a resource efficient approach over the next few years to help it achieve its sustainability goals.
Coca-Cola and McDonald's sign up to litter prevention pledge
Fast food giants McDonald's and KFC, along with Coca-Cola Enterprises and Wrigley, have signed up to a litter prevention commitment organised by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Scottish Parliament urged to make circular economy a top priority
A panel of leading organisations have urged the Scottish Parliament to make the circular economy a top priority.
'Sharing economy' model mooted for utilities as need for reuse heightens
Shared ownership of infrastructure between utility companies could deliver real benefits in securing future materials supply, given the difficulties of recovering decommissioned equipment for recycling and reuse.
Call for EU to follow ten steps to implement circular economy
A group of leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have issued a joint statement calling for the European Union (EU) to implement ten steps that will help Europe work towards a circular economy.
Haggis firm achieves zero waste to landfill goal
Haggis producer Macsween has announced that it has met its target for sending none of its waste to landfill.
Cumbria County Council signs new composting contract to help tackle household food waste
Composting specialist Great Green Systems (GGS) has announced that its parent company Lock End Investments (LES) has signed a contract with Cumbria County Council to help divert household food waste away from landfill.
Tetra Pak uses bio-based plastic for carton packaging in Brazil
Tetra Pak has announced that all of the packages it produces in Brazil are now using bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE).
HP works towards closed loop model on ink cartridges with recycled plastic
Hewlett Packard (HP) has announced that it is working towards a closed loop model with 75% of all HP ink printer cartridges now being made using 100% recycled plastic.
Walmart joins forces with multinational companies to develop recycling fund
US retail giant Walmart has brought together members of its supply chain with the aim of developing a $100m 'Closed Loop Fund' to improve the US' recycling record.
Coca-Cola promotes recycling in Bangladesh with arcade machine that runs on empty bottles
Drinks giant Coca-Cola has produced an arcade machine that runs on empty plastic coke bottles instead of coins to promote recycling in the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh.
Wales launches new guidance on waste collections
The Welsh Government has unveiled a consultation on new waste collection guidance that aims to help councils and businesses understand what recycling services they are legally obligated to provide under waste law.
Bacardi builds new warehouses using construction waste
Spirits giant Bacardi has announced that it has built three new warehouses at its rum distillery site in Puerto Rico from construction waste destined for landfill.
Designers recycle airliner on Channel 4 programme
Three designers, who specialise in turning scrap into cash, have made an array of new products from an Airbus aircraft which was featured on a Channel 4 programme hosted by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.
Business Secretary opens London's 'first' commercial-scale AD plant
Business Secretary Vince Cable has opened London's first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham.
M&S unveils frisbee made from beach litter
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a frisbee made from plastic litter collected from beaches across the UK.
Scottish businesses urged to make resource efficiency pledge
Businesses in Scotland are being urged to join a new scheme that aims to help them reap their share of an estimated £2.9bn worth of savings by using energy, water and raw materials more efficiently.
Dove Body Wash bottle to contain 15% less plastic
Unilever has announced that its Dove Body Wash bottles will contain at least 15% less plastic as a result of a newly developed packaging technology.
WRAP unveils TEEP 'Waste Regulations Route Map'
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has unveiled its 'Waste Regulations Route Map' to help local authorities understand what recycling services they are legally obligated to provide under waste law.
Healthcare sector urged to strengthen staff training on waste management
Healthcare organisations need to strengthen staff training on waste management in order to reduce their impact on the environment and reduce costs, according to new guidance issued by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
Wales' first purpose-built AD plant officially opens
Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, has officially opened Wales' first purpose-built anaerobic digestion facility in Llwyn Isaf, near Caernarfon.
British Airways gives green light to use waste for jet fuel
British Airways has announced that it will start producing jet fuel made from waste destined for landfill in order to reduce its carbon emissions.
H&M increases use of sustainable cotton
Clothing giant H&M has increased the use of sustainably sourced cotton in its products to 15.8%, up from 11.4% in 2012.