Wales doubles recycling rates in 10 years
Wales continues to lead the UK on waste management as new recycling figures for this year reveal that the country has doubled the amount of waste it has recycled over the past decade.
Wales recycling rates on the up, England urged to take heed
Rising recycling rates in Wales have prompted calls for the rest of the UK to follow suit and develop clearer, more coherent national waste management strategies in order to reach EU targets.
£80m saved as Wales' recycling rates continue to rise
Latest figures show that Wales' recycling and composting rate for the past year has reached 56% - a 2% climb from 2013.
UK opposes new EU waste recycling targets in leaked paper
The UK has rubbished the idea of Europe setting new targets for recycling, despite warnings from the EU's environment commissioner that such measures should be non-negotiable.
Landfill closures promote waste as resource
Waste management firm Viridor has hailed the closure of two landfill sites as the "end of an era" as non-recyclable waste is instead being transformed into energy.
Aylesford Newsprint goes into administration
Aylesford Newsprint, a paper manufacturer which specialises in recycling paper for reuse as newsprint, has gone into administration.
World leaders urged to tackle food waste to save billions and cut emissions
Governments across the world should make reducing food waste an urgent priority in order to save as much as £194bn annually by 2030, according to a report.
Separate collections needed to solve London's food waste crisis
The London Assembly Environment Committee is urging local authorities in Greater London to implement separate food waste collections regardless of property type to improve the overall recycling rates in the capital
Unilever forms behaviour change partnership to tackle 'shocking' UK recycling rates
Unilever UK is seeking to promote green behaviour beyond its own operations in the form of a new recycling incentivisation partnership.
Zero Waste Scotland urges shoppers to embrace sharing economy
Zero Waste Scotland is bringing the 'sharing economy' concept to Glasgow with a week of activity planned to encourage shoppers to swap and pass on their old goods.
DHL joins Circular Economy 100 to collaborate on reverse logistics
Package delivery behemoth Deutsche Post DHL is turning its focus to improving its logistics models to enable a more circular flow of goods, having being accepted as a Circular Economy 100 (CE100) member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
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.
Fracking will be allowed under national parks, MPs decide
Fracking companies will be allowed to drill horizontally under national parks and other protected areas if the wells start just outside their boundaries, after the government rowed back on its earlier acceptance of new environmental protections.
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.
Green Investment Bank launches £50m fund for UK waste infrastructure
Business Minister Matthew Hancock has unveiled details of a £50m investment from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) into a new fund targeting small-scale recycling and waste management projects across the country.
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.
EFRA report response: Government must see waste as opportunity not cost
The waste and resources industry has condemned a 'disappointing' Government response to a report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) which criticised Defra for 'stepping back' from waste.
Green Party pledges to cut train and bus fares
In the first announced policy from its forthcoming General Election manifesto, the Green Party has proposed a 10% cut in rail and bus fares "to relieve the national reliance on carbon-intensive forms of transport".
Zero Waste Scotland tells firms to keep recycling
One year since the introduction of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, Zero Waste Scotland has urged businesses to make sure they continue to comply by separating materials for recycling.
European Commission scraps Circular Economy Package, 'more ambitious' proposal awaits
The European Commission has today (16 December) confirmed it is scrapping plans to introduce a Circular Economy Package, instead announcing it will launch a 'broader and more ambitious' waste package next year.
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.
Leeds' largest shopping centre tells retailers to 'Make Your Mark' on recycling
Trinity Leeds shopping centre has launched a 'Make Your Mark' recycling campaign to encourage its 120 businesses to implement best practice in waste-management.
Food group embraces energy-from-waste with major bio-refineries deal
Food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has signed a multi-million-pound contract to have bio-refineries installed at each of its 43 UK factories.
VIDEO: Hospitality industry reaps benefits of reducing food waste
Hotels, restaurants and pubs across the UK have saved more than £10m by together committing to reduce food waste as part of the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA).
Autumn Statement: High hopes but low expectations for green groups
Ahead of the Statement, edie drew up a wishlist of the hopes and expectations of sustainability leaders, industry representatives and green groups.
Scotland launches new carrier bag reporting tool as usage plummets
Retailers signed up to Zero Waste Scotland's Carrier Bag Commitment will now be able to access a new reporting portal that can track how many single-use carrier bags are still being sold and how much revenue is being generated.
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.
ESA director general retires after 50 years in waste management sector
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has announced the forthcoming retirement of its director general Barry Dennis after 22 years working with ESA.
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.
P&G takes previously non-recyclable plastic away from landfill
Procter & Gamble's air freshener brand Febreze has partnered with international upcycling and recycling firm TerraCycle for a new recycling scheme to enable previously non-recyclable air and home care products to be recycled for the first time.
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.
EU Ministers block scheme to cut plastic bag waste
A group of European Union (EU) Member States - including the UK, Romania, Greece, Croatia and Poland - is blocking a European Parliament proposal to reduce plastic bag use by 80% by 2019, despite 92% of Europeans agreeing that measures should be taken to reduce single plastic bag use.
Zero Waste Scotland spotlights benefits of circular economy
Zero Waste Scotland is reiterating its pledge to support firms that want to develop a circular economy business model.
LWARB and WRAP ally to help London reach 50% recycling target
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and WRAP will team up to deliver a programme helping London local authorities reach the Mayor of London's 50% recycling target by 2020.
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.
Green Investment Bank supports waste innovation with £33m investment
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has given its financial backing to a new waste treatment facility and anaerobic digestion (AD) plant North Yorkshire, which will process up to 320,000 tonnes of waste per year.
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.
New Institute of Remanufacture to drive Scotland's circular economy
Funding of £1.3m has been announced for the Scottish Institute of Remanufacture to realise the value of materials like gold and electrical components harvested from recycled televisions, mobile phones and computers.
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.
Key appointments at Circular Economy Task Force and WRAP
Sue Armstrong-Brown has been appointed as the new chair of the Circular Economy Task Force; taking over from Julie Hill who has become the new chair of WRAP.
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.
Five waste disposal reforms to create EU circular economy
The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) has published its six-year strategy for achieving a circular economy throughout Europe.
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.
PET recycling rates rise in Europe, new report finds
PET is the most recycled plastic material in Europe, according a Brussels-based trade association.
Pickles announces £5m recycling incentives fund
English councils that only offer fortnightly bin collections are 'short-changing residents with an inferior service' according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles who has today (29 August) launched a £5m recycling fund to reward areas that offer weekly refuse collections.
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.
The circular economy needs to find the middle ground
It's clear that UK industry must move away from the old linear model of 'take-make-dispose' and towards a circular economy. But where on that journey is UK plc, and what more needs to be done to drive it forward? SITA chief executive David Palmer-Jones considers things 'in the round'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EU sets 70% recycling target in new Circular Economy Package
The European Commission has today (2 July) unveiled a revamped package of waste and recycling targets to accelerate Europe's transition to a circular economy.
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.
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.
EU eyes higher recycling rates and landfill ban with new circular economy framework
"There is no place for waste," proclaimed Janez Potocnik as the Commissioner for Environment yesterday announced details of a revised package of measures to accelerate Europe's transition to a circular economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.