Visible benefit from zoo's conditioning system
A fully automatic water conditioning system recently installed at the polar bear enclosure at Nuremburg Zoo in Germany has improved visibility for visitors, and safety for staff. Thilo Sporbert of German technology group Siemens' Automation and Drives division, explains how this complex system is likely to be extended.
Waste handling duty of care
A loophole which allowed businesses to put out rubbish for collection too early, and therefore increase the risk of it being scattered around the streets, has been closed.
Ikea begins bag revolution
When Tom Idle visited Ikea to ask UK environment manager Charlie Browne why it decided to charge for its carrier bags, he met a company constantly striving to be the best
Groundbreaking trials show that recycled glass is not only a highly effective filtration medium but also better for the environment
Tesco's single-use carrier bag numbers drop by 1.5 billion
On the first anniversary of the carrier bag charge roll-out, UK supermarket giant Tesco has revealed that more than 1.5 billion single-use carrier bags have been saved by its customers in England since the levy's introduction.
England sees surge in shoppers using their own carrier bags
The overwhelming majority of the English population now carry their own bags when food shopping following the introduction of the 5p carrier bag charge a year ago, new research has revealed.
Lidl pledges to remove single-use plastic carrier bags
German discount supermarket chain Lidl UK has today (28 September) pledged to remove single-use plastic carrier bags from sale across all stores in England, Scotland and Wales.
Lidl uses plastic bag charge to help Keep Britain Tidy
German discount supermarket chain Lidl has today (19 February) pledged to donate a minimum of £1m raised from its 5p plastic bag charge to charity, in a bid to educate children on litter prevention.
Card Factory defends plastic bag tax avoidance
Greetings cards retailer Card Factory has fended off criticism of it's decision to sell plastic bags without handles as a way of avoiding the 5p carrier bag charge.
Plastic bag use in Tesco's slashed by nearly 80% with new charge
Tesco store customers used 78% fewer single-use plastic bags in the month since the introduction of the 5p bag charge in England.
5p plastic bag charge launches in England
England will today (5 October) follow in the footsteps of the rest of the UK by introducing a 5p plastic bag tax for large retailers.
Sustainability stats: Plastic bag charge in numbers
From Monday (5 October), England will officially adopt the levy currently used by the rest of the UK which charges consumers for the use of single-use carrier bags in shops and supermarkets.
Plastic bag use in Wales down 71% since 5p charge
The number of single-use carrier bags (SUCBs) has fallen by over 70% in Wales since a 5p charge was introduced, a new report has found, just weeks before the scheme is launched in England.
Majority of Brits believe all plastic bags should be biodegradable
The majority of Britons believe all plastic bags should be both recyclable and biodegradable, according to a new YouGov poll.
M&S helps to clear 180,000 pieces of beach litter
Staff and customers from Marks and Spencer (M&S) and volunteers from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) removed more than 180,000 items of rubbish from Britain's beaches during the Big Beach Clean-up in May.
UK plastic bag use up again, but single-use charges cut Scottish consumption
Plastic bag use in the UK has increased for the fifth year running, with almost nine billion bags used collectively in 2014, according to data released today (24 July).
Veolia closes the loop on Southwark's plastic bags
Previously unrecycled plastic bags are being turned into refuse sacks thanks to an innovative new process from waste-disposal firm Veolia.
Adidas showcases shoe made from ocean plastics
Clothing manufacturer Adidas has celebrated its partnership with Parley for the Oceans by creating a prototype shoe made from recycled ocean waste and deep-sea gillnets.
Adidas slashes environmental impact with innovation
Sporting giant Adidas has released its 2014 Sustainability Progress report, revealing more than 20% cuts in emissions, water use and waste over the last six years.
Asda donates carrier bag charge to Scottish community projects
Asda has announced it will be donating £145,000 raised from the mandatory 5p charge for single-use carrier bags (SUCB) to community projects across Scotland through a new Community Capital scheme.
Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time
More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world's oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain, new research has found.
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.
EU prepared for 'historic' vote on rules to cut plastic bag waste
Representatives from the European Parliament and the EU Council will vote on an agreement to cut the use of thin-gauge plastic carrier bags today (24 November).
Plastic bag tax: is the future of polythene surprisingly green?
With the EU set to approve an historic deal to cut plastic bag use, Anthony Brimelow, commercial director of polythene manufacturer Duo UK, takes a look at how technology is helping to 'green' a material that's often viewed as an environmental L'Enfants terribles.
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.
B&Q brings carrier bag charge to England
Following the success of mandatory carrier bag charges in Wales and Scotland, B&Q has announced a charging scheme of its own in England; in an effort to encourage customers to re-use old bags and reduce pollution.
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.
Closed-loop dining: Inside the UK's first zero-waste restaurant
Visionary young chef Douglas McMaster is hoping to ignite behaviour change in the hospitality industry as he prepares to open the doors of the UK's first permanent zero-waste eatery in Brighton.
Waste not, want not: Should takeaways say NO to free salad?
Takeaway food establishments throughout the UK are being urged to review their approach to garnishes as startling new research reveals that the vast majority of complimentary side salads are being thrown away.
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.
Bag for life? Millions of reusable shopping bags sent to landfill
Seven out of 10 shoppers are throwing out supermarket 'bags for life' after only a few shops, a new survey has found.
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.
Scottish retailers make Carrier Bag Commitment
Zero Waste Scotland has launched a Carrier Bag Commitment scheme which will see retailers across the country donate proceeds from the 5p carrier bag charge to charitable causes.
Co-operation holds the key to ethical and sustainable business
A study commissioned by the Charities Trust has found that large corporations and businesses are set to increasingly set aside differences in order to tackle global issues, singling out climate change as one of the primary challenges that firms will need to tackle together.
Plastic bag tax 'unnecessarily complicated', say MPs
The Government has ignored calls to include all retailers in the 5p plastic bag charge, despite numerous experts insisting it would reduce litter, slash carbon emissions and cut down on waste.
Queen's speech: win on plastic bags, lose on zero-carbon homes
Despite affirming "My ministers champion efforts to secure a global agreement on climate change", the final Queen's speech before the next general election was decidedly thin when it came to action on sustainability and the environment.
Energy Secretary visits UK's first plastic film recycling facility
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has paid a visit to the UK's first shopping bag and plastic film recycling facility in London.
Government slammed over bag charge plans
The Government's plans for a five pence charge on plastic carrier bags in England have been slammed by a cross-party committee of MPs.
Co-operative Group lends helping hand to food waste with compostable bags
The Co-operative Group is rolling out compostable carrier bags to hundreds of its stores nationwide, in what it claims is an industry first.
Fifty-one vehicles used to clear London's NYE waste
Fifty-one waste vehicles have been employed to clear up waste from central London, which includes more than 15,000 empty champagne bottles, according to Westminster City Council.
A national wish list for waste prevention
In light of the Government's recently published waste prevention programme, Eunomia has produced a short waste prevention wish list - simple measures which could make a real difference
Councils may be forced to impose England's carrier bag charge
Local authorities should be responsible for enforcing the plastic bag charge due to be introduced in England in 2015, according to Defra.
Degradable plastics specialist offers to collect bags for recycling
Symphony Environmental has contacted Defra offering to accept all of England's oxo-biodegradble and plastic shopping bags for recycling.
Plastic bag levy to be introduced in England - but not until 2015
Following much speculation late last week Nick Clegg confirmed on Saturday that England is to follow Wales and Northern Ireland in introducing a 5p levy on single-use plastic bags. However, the charge will not be introduced until after the 2015 election.
David Cameron leans towards plastic-bag charging scheme
The Prime Minister David Cameron has implied that shoppers could soon be charged for plastic bags in an attempt to reduce their use.
Bad news on bag use as consumption increases year-on-year
Progress on reducing the number of single-use carrier bags issued in the UK has stalled according to the latest figures from WRAP - in fact, last year saw an increase in usage.
Co-op Group falls behind target as it struggles to curb carrier bag use
The Co-operative Group is to review its reusable bag range following findings that showed carrier bag use has increased across its retail stores during the past year.
Rise in plastics bans forcing firms to consider sustainable alternatives
A growing number of countries are banning unsustainable plastics, meaning UK plastics firms will need to adopt oxo-biodegradable technology quickly if they want to retain their export markets.
Pressure mounts for plastics landfill ban as NI joins bag tax brigade
Northern Ireland has become the latest region within the British Isles to introduce a levy on disposable carrier bags as the European Commission draws up plans to clamp down on their use.
Lack of English plastic bag levy mystifies campaigners
A plastic bag charge should be introduced in England where figures show that usage rates increased by half a billion last year, according to Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths.
VIDEO: The carrier bag that could crunch down on plastics pollution
A reusable carrier bag that can be turned into a bin liner has been developed, an invention which could reduce plastic film use in light of taxes on single-use carrier bags.
UPS tests the waters with zero waste drive
Global logistics leader UPS has embarked on a zero waste to landfill programme using two of its sites as "test beds" to trial various minimisation and recovery methods.
Environmental lobbyists call for plastic bag levy
Four leading environmental organisations are calling on the Government to reduce litter and waste by forcing retailers to introduce levies on all single-use bags.
Celebrities throw weight behind 'plastic bag free' Olympic Games
High profile names such as David Attenborough, Richard Branson and Vivienne Westwood have announced their support for the Greener upon Thames campaign, which aims to have the London Olympic Games 2012 plastic bag free.
Plastic bag 'tax' shown to slash usage rates
New figures suggest that charging for single-use carrier bags is a highly effective way of reducing their use, with Wales recording a 22% fall in bags last year.
London 2012 'failing' to deliver on zero waste pledge
Despite a commitment to a zero waste Olympic games, shops and suppliers at London 2012 will be able to hand out plastic bags to visitors.
Opinion divided over proposals for Euro-wide plastic bag ban
Legislative proposals for a European-wide ban on plastic carrier bags must be based on sound evidence, experts have warned, amid fears that Euro MPs will bow to political pressure.
NI announces phased charging structure for plastic bags
Northern Ireland will introduce a 5p charge for plastic carrier bags in April 2013, which will increase to 10p in April 2014.
Plastics industry draws up global action plan for ocean pollution
A global action plan has been launched by the international plastics industry to combat the growing problem of marine litter.
Welsh shoppers show overwhelming support for carrier bag charges
The majority of people in Wales are in favour of the country introducing a charge on single-use carrier bags, new research shows.
Degradable plastics firm slams Tesco for dropping biodegradable bags
Degradable plastics specialist Symphony Environmental Technologies has hit back at claims that biodegradable plastic bags are not eco-friendly - and questioned Tesco's reasons for dropping the carriers.
Tesco makes u-turn on biodegradable plastic bags
Tesco has ditched its 'eco-friendly' carrier bags after research revealed they may be more environmentally damaging than conventional plastic bags.
Exports fuelling growth in packaging waste recycling rates
Growth in the UK recycling market is chiefly being driven by exports with 37% of packaging waste volume being shipped to countries such as India and China, according to a new report.
Plastic bag use jumps 5% in a year
Consumers appear to be returning to plastic bags as new figures show a rise in use from UK supermarkets.
Northern Ireland ponders shopping bag charge
Plans to charge the people of Northern Irelands for the 200 million carrier bags they use every year have gone out to consultation.
Uptake of bio-plastics hindered by lack of waste knowledge
More accurate and regionally detailed forecasts are needed for plastic waste in terms of its management and environmental impact if greater use of bio-plastics is to be adopted, according to a new report.
Waitrose branches out with reclaimed woodland project
A novel plastics recycling project has helped Waitrose unearth, and provide access to, an ancient heritage site by its head offices
Dirty loo habits pollute UK beaches
The latest litter survey from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says that sewage-related debris (SRD) from people's bathrooms is one of the major causes of beach pollution.
EA measures supermarket bags carbon footprint
Woven plastic bags need to be reused at least 11 times to have a lower carbon impact than single use carriers, according to research published for the first time.
New Irish environment bill shifts waste focus
The Environment 2011 Bill in Ireland has given the government increased powers to set the levy on landfill and plastic bags.
'Great garbage patch' in Ocean stirs up controversy
Sections of the press have pounced on news this week that a US professor has said the plastic rubbish patch floating in the Pacific Ocean is not as large as has been claimed.
Arrivederci plastic bags
Italy starts 2011 with a ban on plastic bags from shops and supermarkets, making it the first country to ban plastic bags in Europe.
Launch of new compostable checkout bag
A company in Oxfordshire is one of the first in the UK to offer a 100% compostable checkout bag.
American Samoa lauded for plastic bag ban
American Samoa continues to reap praise for its decision to ban plastic bags, as the US government is the latest to join those lauding the move.
Plastic fantastic: UK supermarket bag use halved
Plastic carrier bag handouts at UK supermarkets have halved in just four years, new figures reveal.
Wales plans bag tax for 2011
Welsh plans to introduce a mandatory charge for disposable plastic bags similar to the Irish 'plastax' look set to bear fruit next spring.
Morocco pledges billions to tackle climate change
A raft of sustainability initiatives have been announced by Morocco in a move that could cement the country's reputation as the environmental pioneer of the Arab world.
Plastic-eating bugs could be answer for sea waste
Microscopic lifeforms that congregate on tiny pieces of plastic could protect fish and other sea creatures from toxins.
'Degradable' plastic not so environmentally fantastic, study reveals
Plastic bags marked as degradable may not be as environmentally-friendly as consumers think, according to new research.
Tax paper bags too NGO urges Irish Government
Once seen as a pioneer in tackling the environmental impact of disposable shopping bags, Ireland risks being left behind as other countries introduce more progressive measures to address the issue.
First US charge for paper or plastic bags
A five cent charge for people using paper or plastic bags has been brought in for all business selling food or alcohol.
Northern Ireland keen to cut plastic bag use
Northern Ireland is hoping to follow the example set by its southern neighbor in tackling the waste generated by shops and supermarkets handing out plastic bags to their customers.
North London's twin deal with Bywaters and Greenstar
Two recycling contracts awarded to Bywaters and Greenstar by North London Waste Authority (NLWA) earlier this summer have now rolled into action.
Ireland to double plastic bag tax
Ireland's Environment Minister has told a Dublin conference that the government plans to double the current rate of tax on disposable plastic bags to provide a 'sufficient deterrent' to stop people turning up to the checkout without their own bags.
How to get the point across
For businesses to be successful in the future, they need to communicate their green achievements to increasingly switched-on consumers. Paul Davison gives tips on ways to shout about your environmental credentials in the digital age
National Trust to charge for carrier bags
Visitors to National Trust sites will now have to pay for carrier bags at the charity's shops.
JOHN LEWIS eco-challenge HITS THE ROAD
For many businesses, trying to find low-carbon vehicles that are up to the job has been a struggle. But the John Lewis Partnership may have found a solution by holding a competition to encourage suppliers to up their game. Tom Idle reports
Flushing away the old image
Sir Ming Campbell posing with an organic loo was not the best look for the Lib Dems - but that was then and this is now. New leader Nick Clegg does some straight-talking on green issues, but John Alker would like to see the party take a clearer line on the role of the environment
Catching up with Swede success
They did it first, they did it flat-pack - Ikea doesn't need to jump on the green bandwagon because they've been sitting up front and driving it since the mid-1980s. Tom Idle spoke to environment manager Charlie Browne
Oz state leads the way in bag wars
One Australian state is going it alone in the plastic bag wars after state and federal ministers failed to reach a national consensus on a ban.
British beaches 'littered with plastic'
The amount of plastic littering British beaches is at its highest level since records began, according to the Marine Conservation Society.
Help the Aged helps the environment
Help the Aged has become the latest high street name to announce measures to fight the bane of plastic bags.
PM promises action on carrier bag blight
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said Government is ready to take action on the UK's plastic bag problem.
M&S to scrap free plastic bags
Marks & Spencer will join the growing ranks of high street retailers charging customers for carrier bags in a bid to reduce the number of bags being used.
Bag giveaway highlights plastic bag waste
Shoppers snapped up 10,000 free cotton reusable bags in less than three hours during a giveaway in central London to promote the launch of a campaign to reuse plastic bags.
Oz considers bag ban
Australia's government is considering plans to ban plastic bags by the end of 2008.
China to ban plastic bags
China has announced plans to prohibit shops from giving out free plastic bags and to ban ultra-thin bags completely.
Waste & Recycling - Review of the Year 2007
The WEEE Directive and the Waste Strategy Review for England took centre stage in the world of waste this year, with the latter sparking debate over the best ways to tackle the country's rubbish.
Brown reveals climate change plans
Gordon Brown has laid out his plans to reduce the effects of climate change in his first major speech on the environment since taking over from Tony Blair earlier this year.