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ECAP will task retailers with encouraging consumers to buy less clothing

WRAP targets textile waste reductions across Europe

A new initiative launched has been launched by WRAP to reduce the carbon, water and waste footprints of the textiles industries across 11 European countries.

Representatives from WRAP, Viridor and the Environmental Industries Commission took part in a Parliamentary seminar on the circular economy

Circular economy package: Policy priorities for the UK

The European Commission's long-awaited circular economy package must take into consideration renewable and decentralised energy, economic growth and voluntary agreements as a means to minimise waste across the continent.

Every year, the UK throws away seven million tonnes of food, and millions more tonnes of electrical goods

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.

Europe prepares to test industry standard for product sustainability

Companies wanting to highlight the environmental performance of their products could receive a welcome boost as a European standard for product lifecycle analysis (LCA) moves a step closer.

Signatories must be made accountable in voluntary waste deals

Voluntary responsibility agreements are important in driving innovation in waste management, but regular reporting is required to assess individual performance and deals need to be backed by the threat of regulation.

Liz Goodwin says strong messages are needed around resource management

Waste sector has crucial education role to play - WRAP

The waste industry has a pivotal role to play over the next few years in educating society about the value of post-consumer products and materials, WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin has said.

Phil Hogan: Consultation findings will inform future policy

New materials targeted as Ireland beefs up producer responsibility

Ireland is to explore the possibility of extending producer responsibility regulations to include newspapers, magazines and farm-based plastic chemical containers.

Recycling charter seeks to win trust of public

A new industry charter launched today (June 6) aims to boost public confidence in recycling by allowing people to find out where their household waste ends up.

Waste industry must engage better with SMEs

Influencing behaviour change among small businesses when it comes to better resource management is one of the biggest challenges the waste sector faces, government leaders have conceded.

Trade waste HWRCs 'not utopia solution' warns LGA

Calls for local authorities to open up more household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) for trade waste presents an opportunity to raise additional revenue, but significant barriers need to be overcome.

Retailers and manufacturers are being encourage to look at designing out waste

Courtauld Commitment 3 set to target lifecycle of products

WRAP's next generation of voluntary agreements for the retail supply chain is likely to tackle issues around products, product design and lifecycle impacts.

Reducing the impact of packaging is one of the key aims of the Courtauld Commitment

VIDEO: Voluntary waste deals can spark business innovation, says WRAP chief

Voluntary agreements are adding value to business operations as they give companies greater flexibility in how waste is managed, according to WRAP's chief executive Liz Goodwin.

UK food and drink manufacturers reduce water use by 11.9%

Nearly a quarter of the UK's food and drink manufacturers have helped reduce water use in the sector by 11.9%, more than halfway towards a 2020 water reduction target of 20%, according to the latest report by the Federation House Commitment (FHC).

Networking event set to debate resource efficiency agenda

Waste experts will gather in London next month to debate what is driving resource efficiency forward within businesses and organisations, both on a political and practical level.

Some feel Defra has wasted an opportunity with its Waste Review

WASTE REVIEW: Industry dismayed at lack of ambition

Disappointment is building around the Government's Waste Review announcement today (14 June) as industry reaction to the policy document starts to emerge.

Kier's Pure Recycling mrf in Ettington

Processing gets underway at Kier's Warwickshire mrf

Kier Group has taken delivery of five new plant machines for its Pure Recycling materials recycling facility (mrf) in Ettington, Warwickshire, as processing has begun ahead of schedule.

Bonn talks not so good

Non-governmental-organisations have attacked a draft United Nations climate change document as 'unbalanced'.

Ireland to take tough action on tyre waste

Voluntary agreements on sustainable management of old tyres aren't working, Ireland's Environment Minister has said, and the government will need to look at regulation that will force the industry to take responsibility for its waste.

Verdant: processing Thurrock's organic waste

Verdant wins first organics treatment deal

Verdant, the Greenstar UK subsidiary, has secured a seven-year contract worth £7M to manage the treatment of food and garden waste collected by Thurrock Council.

Industry on the road to greener asphalt

Low-temperature asphalt could slash a third off the carbon emissions of the much-used material over the next ten years.

Irish hotels saving thousands by going green

Irish hotels that have introduced environmental management strategies are saving an average of €1,000 per room per year.

Welsh farmers to be rewarded for going green

A competition encouraging farmers to take small steps to improve the local environment has been launched in Wales.

Sheep dips with pollution history withdrawn from market

A number of sheep dip products notorious for causing pollution incidents have been taken off the market by their manufacturers.

Food stores and producers sign up to waste-cutting pledge

Progressive retailers and food manufacturers already making inroads on cutting packaging waste have made a commitment to up their game.

Edie forum for Copenhagen talks

With less than a month to go until the eyes of the world focus on Copenhagen Edie wants to hear your views on the crucial climate change talks.

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.

Irish publishers commit to greening operations

Major players in the Irish newspaper and magazine industry have committed to a series of environmental targets as part of a voluntary agreement with government.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, October 06

This month sees the EU get tough on battery disposal, setting targets for member states in a Directive on battery and accumulator recycling, as well as increasing its efforts to involve citizens in environmental policy making and tightening up freshwater quality regulations.

No time to waste: the measures needed to transform the way we deal with our waste. Friends of the Earth outlines its vision for 2020

Our vision for the future is that by 2020 waste is viewed as a valuable resource. Where possible, materials are conserved and used to their full potential through reuse and recycling.

Hazardous waste: the way forward

IEM looks at a selection of recommendations made by the Hazardous Waste Forum.

Agreement on eco-design directive

Claire Monkhouse from the IEEP looks at the latest developments at the European Commission

Climate change – a major business opportunity

by Tom Delay, Chief Executive, Carbon Trust

Climate change is one of the major problems facing international society today. This environmental threat will have serious economic and social consequences. The political and business response to the issue is gathering momentum, but organisations need to know more about what they can do now to make business sense of climate change.

Incentives for environmentally friendly products

Claire Monkhouse from the IEEP looks at the latest developments at the European Commission


Waste Not, Want Not found wanting By Jon Reeds

Into the melting pot

Over the next 18 months, government and industry will be exploring an exotic new range of policy instruments to decide how best to deliver the UK's target to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2010. While there may be debate about the ultimate 'mix', industry is acting quickly to keep an energy tax firmly out of the equation.

Seeboard's 668MW Medway power station - it's gas turbines helped the electricity industry stabilise Britain's greenhouse gas emissions at 1990 levels

Britain looks beyond Kyoto deal

Under the Kyoto climate change agreement, greenhouse gas emissions don't have to be reduced until 2008, but the effects for industry could be immediate. James Dark assesses work in progress and the measures that will be required.

Voluntary agreements may not even be efficient economically (courtesy ecarboot.net)

OECD report questions voluntary agreements on environmental policy

The OECD that there are very few cases where such voluntary approaches to environmental policy have improved the environment.

Conservative Party says it will axe the Climate Change Levy

The Climate Change Levy, designed as a means of meeting the emissions reductions targets agreed at Kyoto, will harm business and even damage the environment, according to the Conservative Party.

US Government proposes funding increases to protect farmland threatened by development

The US Government is to seek an increase in funding to preserve farmland following the release of figures showing that the conversion of farmland and other open space to development has more than doubled in recent years.

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