Is it time for a plastic bottle tax?
Following the success that the UK's plastic bag charge has had on changing consumer behaviours and reducing waste, environmental campaigners and industry experts have this week been discussing the viability of a plastic bottle deposit scheme. Would such a scheme be successful?
Dell delivers tech industry's first ocean plastic packaging
Computer firm Dell has achieved a new first for the technology industry, after converting waste plastic found on beaches and in waterways into new packaging for one of its laptop products.
Green campaigners welcome Coca-Cola U-turn on bottle and can recycling scheme
Coca-Cola has announced it supports testing a deposit return service for drinks cans and bottles, in a major coup for environment and anti-waste campaigners.
Sainsbury's becomes first retailer to commit to 100% plastic-free cotton buds
Sainsbury's has today (22 February) become the first British retailer to publicly commit to the complete removal of plastic from its cotton buds, as the supermarket group aims to replace the current sticks with a fully biodegradable option by the end of 2017.
UK should consider new 2025 recycling targets, claims EIC
The UK should consult on new recycling targets for 2025 to boost investor confidence in the waste sector, according to a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC).
Harrogate Water turns to iconic Tidyman logo to raise recycling awareness
As reports emerge that UK ministers are likely to reject a plastic bottle deposit scheme, Britain's largest independent bottled water company has agreed to place the iconic 'Tidyman' logo on its products in a new partnership with Keep Britain Tidy.
Consumer engagement: Fitting the final piece of the food waste puzzle
With edie's engagement month in full swing, George Ogleby investigates one of the biggest challenges facing Britain's circular economy transition: consumer engagement on food waste.
WRAP: Consumer demand creating economic opportunities for resource management
The private sector can progress waste reduction methods and promote recycling and reuse by building new business models around the consumer, WRAP's technical specialist Greg Lucas has claimed.
Going Circular: PwC's staff engagement success story
As part of edie's engagement month of editorial content, Matt Mace takes a closer look at the innovative behaviour change approaches being adopted by PwC as the professional services firm seeks to mobilise waste reduction efforts of thousands of staff members to deliver a closed-loop organisation.
Online reuse hub could save universities £1m in 2017
British universities have been tasked with saving £1m this year by internally sharing resources through an online reuse scheme.
Three aims mobile reuse scheme towards disadvantaged communities
Communications provider Three UK is attempting to connect disadvantaged citizens to the digital world, through a new recycling donation scheme aimed at redistributing unused mobile phones across the nation.
Businesses must lead Britain's resource revolution, claims Defra minister
The UK's ambition to become one of the most resource-efficient economies in the world must be led by private-sector innovation, according to Defra Resource Minister Therese Coffey.
Businesses agree £1.5m payout over environmental law breaches
Drinks firm Heineken UK, food producer Filippo Berio and utility company Anglian Water Services are among six businesses that have agreed to six-figure charity payments after breaching environmental laws.
#OceanRescue: Sky drives engagement on ocean plastic waste through new social campaign
Broadcasting company Sky has turned to social media to increase awareness of the "major challenge" of plastic waste in the oceans, using celebrities and behaviour change tips as levers to inspire and educate consumers.
City of London launches challenge to boost coffee cup recycling
A scheme to boost disposable coffee cup recycling has been launched in the City of London in an attempt to prevent 5m cups a year from the Square Mile ending up in landfill.
London's largest solar retrofit project delivers big carbon savings
A waste management firm has saved 361 tonnes of CO2 in nine months following the delivery of a 1000KW solar retrofit project at its plant in East London.
Could this MDF recycling innovation solve a circular economy conundrum for retailers?
A breakthrough technology that recycles medium-density fibreboard (MDF) can deliver a commercially-viable process to recover wood fibre from the material, according to the solution's creator.
Ikea achieves zero-waste-to-landfill status in the UK
The world's biggest furniture retailer has announced that it sent zero waste to landfill across all of its UK and Ireland facilities in 2016, achieving a 90% recycling rate in the process.
Courtauld Commitment signatories aim to double food redistribution output
Signatories of the flagship Courtauld Commitment have unveiled a new ambition to double the amount of surplus food that is redistributed across the UK, while supermarket chain Waitrose has agreed to a new surplus food redistribution trial with social enterprise charity FareShare.
New Plastics Economy: Businesses support action plan to recycle 70% of global plastic packaging
A cross-sector coalition of multinational businesses have today (16 January) thrown their weight behind the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's new global action plan to recycle and re-use 70% of the world's plastic packaging.
New year, new direction: ESA chairman Stewart Davies outlines circular economy prospects for 2017
In an exclusive interview for an upcoming episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, edie sits down with Stewart Davies, the new chairman of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), to discuss his thoughts on the year ahead for nation's circular economy progress.
China's booming middle class drives Asia's toxic e-waste mountains
Asia's mountains of hazardous electronic trash, or e-waste, are growing rapidly, new research reveals, with China leading the way.
Courtald Commitment saves major UK brands £100m of food waste
UK retailers and manufacturers have generated an estimated £100m in food waste savings over a three-year period as part of WRAP's Courtauld Commitment Phase 3, new figures released today (10 January) reveal.
'Game-changing' coffee cup project to provide retailers with cost-effective recycling service
The UK could be set for a coffee cup recycling revolution as British paper cup recycler Simply Cups has thrown its weight behind a project that provides businesses and consumers with a cup that can be recycled at traditional paper mills.
Costa partners with Bio-bean to convert 3,000 tonnes of coffee waste to biofuel
The UK's largest coffee chain Costa has entered into a partnership with biomass recycling firm Bio-bean, which will see 3,000 tonnes of Costa's waste coffee grounds used as biofuel.
Christmas and sustainability: Mistletoe and wine or chalk and cheese?
Christmas is just days away and as Santa's reindeers limber up for the big night, edie rounds-up some of the hidden sustainability stories of Christmas that you probably didn't know about.
Recycling rates in England drop for first time
Recycling rates in England have fallen for the first time ever, prompting calls for a tax on packaging and meaning EU targets are now almost certain to be missed.
Defra's 'unambitious' aluminium recycling targets challenged
The Government's new packaging recycling business targets for 2018-20 do not reflect the sector's high ambitions to maximise recovery and recycling of the material, according to the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).
How BMW is revving up for for an electric vehicle circular economy
EXCLUSIVE: The ongoing electrification of the transport sector looks set to open up new avenues for improved resource management and closed-loop practices for carmakers looking to push beyond regulatory compliance, BMW's environmental programmes manager has said.
Tesco boss calls for greater transparency to tackle food waste
EXCLUSIVE: Retailers are showing a "growing appetite" to collaborate to tackle food waste, but still need to provide clearer information and deliver better reporting standards to drive change, the chief executive of Britain's largest supermarket group has told edie.
UK homebuilders failing to deal with waste, report finds
The overwhelming majority of UK homebuilding firms have increased waste generation over the last year, according to a report assessing the sustainability performances of the UK's largest property developers.
Bioplastics industry continues to expand despite low oil prices
The bioplastics industry is continuing to see stable growth despite falling oil prices, representing a positive shift in business attitudes towards manufacturing low-carbon, resource-efficient products. and a lack of stronger political support to realise the potential of bio-based materials in Europe.
Carbon Trust launches zero-waste-to-landfill certification
Advisory firm The Carbon Trust has unveiled a new certification to award business achievements in diverting zero waste to landfill.
Patagonia donates $10m Black Friday sales to environmental grassroots
American clothing firm Patagonia has raised $10m for environmental grassroots nonprofits, after donating 100% of the global sales that it generated from Black Friday.
Tesco and Sainsbury's ban plastic cotton buds to cut waste
The UK's two largest supermarket chains have committed to end the sale of cotton buds with plastic stems, which are the most common litter from toilets flushed on to the country's beaches.
Starbucks follows Costa with in-store coffee cup recycling bins
Coffee giant Starbucks has announced the launch of a new in-store paper cup recycling bin aimed at encouraging customers to return take-way cups back into the store and boost overall recycling levels.
Costa Coffee launches in-store cup recycling scheme
The UK's largest coffee chain Costa Coffee is to launch a recycling scheme in all of its stores to ensure that as many as possible of its own takeaway cups - and those from its competitors - are recycled.
Research underpins need for Scottish business leadership on food waste
Scottish businesses have been urged to provide "clear leadership" on food waste, as new research shows that an estimated 1.35 million tonnes of food and drink is wasted in the country each year.
US food giants pledge to halve food waste by 2030
Major food firms including PepsiCo, General Mills, Unilever and Kellogg are among the 15 US-based retail giants that have pledged to halve the amount on food waste produced within their operations by 2030.
Adidas launches mass-produced ocean plastic trainers
Global sportswear company Adidas looks set to push around 7,000 pairs of trainers made from 95% ocean plastic into the market, alongside setting a new goal to produce one million ocean plastic pairs of trainers by 2017.
Most Scottish businesses meet environmental compliance
The overwhelming majority of Scottish businesses are now following environmental regulations, the country's environment protection agency has revealed.
Primark signs up to WRAP's sustainable clothing plan
Five leading clothing brands and retailers including Primark and Peak Performance have signed up to WRAPs cooperative European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) initiative, which aims to promote sustainable clothing across the continent.
Carlsberg obtains circular economy certification for Kronenbourg glass bottles
Global beverage company Carlsberg has become the first company in the world to be accredited with a Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) bronze certification for a glass beverage packaging.
Brexit concerns mount for UK's waste and water industries
The UK's departure from the European Union (EU) could result in economic downturn and the slow degradation of environmental regulations in the waste and water industries.
Collaboration the catalyst for circular economy adoption, say business leaders
Businesses are beginning to understand and reap the benefits of implementing circular operating models, but adoption across numerous sectors will likely flounder unless enhanced cooperation paves the way to the "collaborative economy".
Circular economy can unlock £4bn 'hidden' UK reuse mine, says Veolia
Companies located in "strategically important" sectors in the UK are currently sitting on a £4bn "hidden mine" that can only be unlocked by transitioning to a circular economy that turns waste into a monetary and valuable resource, a new report from waste specialists Veolia has found.
TerraCycle: Recycling won't solve the waste dilemma, but consumers can
Improving economic incentives behind waste collection models and a "silent revolution" in how consumers interact with products will be essential in tackling "monumental environmental crises", all of which can be linked back to waste.
Ministers reject calls for charge on UK's disposable coffee cups
Ministers have rejected calls for a charge on the 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups thrown away each year because they believe coffee shop chains are already taking enough action to cut down waste.
Halloween: The living nightmare for the waste management industry
It's the time of year where people dress up as vampires and werewolves - and probably Ken Bone this year - but for those who have to deal with the waste that Halloween generates, the real horrors rise up from the tombs of cheap costumes and plastic broomsticks.
Waste managers urge business to address re-use - the 'neglected child' of waste hierarchy
The business case for product re-use is being restricted by poor engagement, financial constraints and a general lack of good practice guidance, a new report from a UK resource and waste management industry body has claimed.
Consistent procurement critical to achieve circular construction, report claims
A collective, industry-led approach to procurement in the development of major infrastructure projects across the UK would help achieve a circular economy in the construction sector, a new report from a cross-sector group has found.
World Food Day: Five fascinating projects to feed the plenty with surplus food
To mark World Food Day on Sunday (16 October), edie rounds up some of the latest green innovations and campaigns aimed at reducing the mountains of food waste that continue to cast a dark shadow on global food systems.
Waste management industry unites to develop 'first ever' National Recycling Guidelines
Britain's rising recycling contamination levels could be pulled back on track thanks to a new set of guidelines developed by the waste management industry which detail exactly what can and cannot be accepted for recycling at the kerbside.
Giant coffee cup bins invade Manchester in an attempt to recycle 20,000 paper cups
Thanks to the efforts of a host of retailers including Caffé Nero, Costa and McDonald's, the streets of Manchester will soon be inundated with giant coffee cup bins, as charity Hubbub attempts to save 20,000 paper cups from ending up in landfill.
The litter levy: Should brands take more responsibility for the UK's waste woes?
Brands such as McDonald's, Coca Cola, Costa Coffee and Wrigley should strive to become a "big part of the solution" to the amount of litter plaguing UK streets, by working with the Government to implement an Extended Produce Responsibility (EPR) scheme.
Suez and TerraCycle to boost waste management for 'tricky-to-recycle' products
Pens, coffee packaging and protective disposable gloves could soon be subjected to innovative new recycling techniques, after waste management firm Suez announced a new partnership with developers TerraCycle, a company renown for treating hard-to-recycle materials.
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.
Plastic Soup Foundation: UK microbeads ban first step to implementing plastic circular economy
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government's decision to introduce a national ban on microbeads can act as an "important step" that mobilises countries to look beyond microbeads in the ocean and focus on creating a plastic circular economy "without leakage".
Ecosurety adopts 'network creator' mantle to launch Circularety waste investment platform
Resource efficiency specialist Ecosurety has today (28 September) introduced a new "revolutionary" platform that uses money generated from issuing waste recycling compliance documents to fund transparent projects that aid the waste and recycling industry.
Target, measure, act: Global scale-up needed to accelerate food waste reduction
One year on from the establishment of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), nations and businesses have been urged to target, measure and reduce food waste in line with Goal 12.3, which calls for food waste to be halved by 2030.
Wrigley and Keep Britain Tidy slash litter rates by 30% with charity bin trials
Five successful waste reduction trials across the UK has seen litter in the selected areas reduced by 30%, leading to charity Keep Britain Tidy and The Wrigley Company to extend the project to four extra regions.
Germany wants to scrap EU recycling targets
Germany, the EU's most influential country and its leading recycler, has called for recycling targets in the European Commission's Circular Economy package of green laws to be scrapped.
PepsiCo extends innovation fund to educational institutions
PepsiCo's recycling branch has announced plans to expand its college and university eco-innovations programme through its Zero Impact Fund, where educational institutions can receive up to $10,000 from PepsiCo to support sustainable initiatives.
Could this new industry framework reinvigorate England's recycling rates?
England would see a much-needed increase in recycling, an improvement in the quality of recycled materials and a more comprehensive waste management service for households if a new, collaborative industry framework is adopted, WRAP has claimed.
Why BEIS should put the circular economy at the heart of its new industrial strategy
More than £9bn could be added to the UK economy if the Government's newly-formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) effectively integrates circular economy principles into the country's emerging industrial strategy, waste management firm Suez has claimed
Hackney Council welcomes pop-up Litter Lounge to tackle chewing gum waste
A corner of Hackney has been transformed into the UK's first "Litter Lounge", a new behavioral change concept that calls on passing consumers to drop chewing gum into a pop-up living room.
Gatwick to build world's first airport energy-from-waste facility
Gatwick will become the first airport in the world to generate energy from Category 1 waste, when it launches an onsite processing plant in November.
Polystyrene packaging debate hots up as industry rejects chefs' claims
A recent call from a group of top chefs for policymakers to ban the use of polystyrene packaging in London has been condemned by the Food Packaging Association (FPA) and other waste management experts.
Can 'wonky veg' unite consumers and supermarkets in the food waste battle?
With UK supermarkets struggling to meet impending food waste targets, a new questionnaire reveals that retailers believe consumers are more than willing to turn to wonky veg as a sustainable solution that would be a "clear benefit to all".
England continues to fall behind UK nations in recycling performance
England has fallen to the bottom of an index that ranks home nations on carbon reductions from recycling, after Northern Irish councils displayed a 4.5% increase in CO2 emission reductions in 2014/15.
Recycling contamination levels are on the rise: what happens next?
The waste and resource management industry is calling for a long-term, coherent regulatory framework to increase recycling and re-use rates in England after a Freedom of Information (FoI) request revealed that the quantity of rejected recyclable waste has increased by 84% over the past four years.
Circular economy provides golden opportunity to save lives in Rio and beyond, report claims
As the curtains draw on the 2016 Olympics, a new report has claimed that toxic waste polluting the environment in the Olympics Host City of Rio de Janeiro and other cities across the world could actually be used to alleviate poverty and save lives through a circular-economy approach to waste management.
Could a '100% recyclable' polymer drive the new plastics economy?
The developers of a packaging polymer that is both 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable in standard waste management facilities claim the new material could help to create a much-needed circular economy for plastic packaging.
Home nations continue to set waste strategy example for England
WRAP Cymru has published the outcomes of a "ground-breaking" waste analysis project highlighting strong national recycling performances, a week after the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) vowed to help regulated businesses to reduce all forms of waste beyond compliance standards.
Interserve shares rocket after decision to close energy-from-waste business
Construction firm Interserve's share price has risen sharply after a decision to exit energy-from-waste contracts was announced as part of a half-year update this week.
Chemicals giant launches new circular economy packaging using recycled waste
Refinery and chemicals giant Total has launched a new range of recyclable polymer packaging made from at least 25% recycled household waste from Western Europe, as part of the companies pledge to embed closed-loop models in its production phase.
O2 customers recycle two million mobiles through the Think Big programme
Mobile phone provider O2 has revealed that its customers have saved more than £135m since 2009, by recycling old mobiles through the company's Think Big programme.
Waste of resources is biggest threat to planet, warns Scottish environment agency
Scotland's environment agency has warned the country's industries and farmers that their waste and inefficiency is now the biggest threat to the environment, overtaking pollution.
Costa Express served ISO 14001 sustainability standard
Costa Coffee has been awarded the ISO 14001 International Standard for Environmental Management Systems for its self-serve 'Express' outlets, less than a week after the organisation was scrutinised for its approach to managing waste coffee cups.
Bournemouth set to create world's largest 'work of art' from recycled plastic
Residents of Bournemouth will receive an opportunity to set a new world record during the upcoming Air Festival weekend (18-21 August), after the council signed up to a plastics recycling campaign to make the largest work of art made from recycled plastic packaging.
Former Defra director announced as new CIWM chief executive
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has announced today (1 August) that the ex-director of environmental quality at Defra, Colin Church, will be replacing outgoing chief executive Steve Lee in October.
Waitrose cooks up new food waste packaging for pasta range
Waitrose has announced it will become the first supermarket in the UK to launch to new pasta ranges where the packaging is made, in part, from waste food produce.
Recyclable coffee cups and mushroom packaging: 7 innovations that could win the war on waste
In a week that sees the recyclability of coffee cups and cardboard packaging come under scrutiny in Hugh's War on Waste, edie rounds up the potential technologies and solutions that Britain's retailers could be exploring to make 'waste' a word of the past.
UK company awarded EU funding for waste electrical product recovery trials
UK-based IT disposal and asset retirement firm Re-Tek and Axion Consulting have been awarded separate trials to explore novel ways to boost the recovery process of critical raw materials (CRMs) from household waste electrical and electronic products (WEEE).
Starbucks tests (genuinely) recyclable coffee cup
Starbucks is "very interested" in the potential outcome of a new collaborative partnership with sustainable packaging company FrugalPac, which will see the coffee shop chain trial a recyclable coffee cup made from 100% paper.
EFRA launches food waste inquiry as Europe gears up to tackle supermarket waste
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has launched a new inquiry to establish the impacts of the seven million tonnes of food waste produced in the UK, as a European-wide campaign to ban supermarkets from throwing away food closes in on a major milestone.
London boroughs urged to promote circular economy through food waste reduction
London boroughs need to develop the "circular economy of food" by separating food waste collection from general waste in order to rejuvenate plateauing recycling rates and boost activity in surrounding anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.
Could rewards schemes reinvigorate Britain's static recycling rates?
Long-term investment in rewards-based behaviour change schemes is the only way to reinvigorate plateauing recycling rates in a post-Brexit Britain, with 'quick-win' solutions failing to deliver for local authorities across the country.
Solar PV recycling value could exceed $15bn by 2050
End-of-life solar PV material recovery could be worth $15bn by 2050, if fully invested back into the economy, according to a report released today (20 June) by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Tesco's food waste climbed by 4% last year
As Tesco's chief executive used a keynote speech in Cape Town to implore companies to do more to tackle food waste, the UK supermarket revealed that its own food waste had increased by 4% to 59,400 tonnes last year.
Marcus Gover to replace Liz Goodwin as WRAP chief executive
Marcus Gover will replace Liz Goodwin as the new chief executive of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the charity has announced today (13 June).
Global standard launched to tackle swelling food waste issues
Companies and countries have been urged to ramp up efforts to prevent food waste, through a new global standard that outlines reporting requirements on food management for business and governments to adhere to.
The future's bright for sustainable business: 7 things we learnt at edie Live 2016
After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most important lessons taken away from edie Live 2016.
Waste industry calls for 'urgent Government intervention' to drive UK circular economy
Whilst UK recycling rates continue to creep upwards, "urgent Government intervention" is needed to create a more resilient waste collection system that transforms the nation into a world-leader when it comes to waste and resource management.
Two of Britain's largest recycling plants set to close
Lancashire County Council has revealed that a recent surge in national recycling rates along with the severe financial situation facing the local authority has contributed to the closure of two of Britain's biggest recycling plants.
Oxfam tackles fashion waste through redistribution scheme
Oxfam have joined forces with the UK's largest independent parcel delivery service CollectPlus to offer a convenient way for people to return unwanted clothing from the nation's wardrobes, after research showed that a total of 350 million items are unused in the UK.
RB exceeds waste reductions targets as emissions lag
Health and hygiene company RB, which owns brands including Durex, Calgon and Gaviscon, has revealed it has reached its waste management goals five years early, although improvement on carbon reductions is still needed.
Starbucks responds to War on Waste with 'bring your own cup' discount
Following a wave of intense criticism about its lack of action on the circular economy, coffee shop chain Starbucks will trial a 50p discount on its drinks if consumers bring their own cup, in an attempt to curb the rising issue of coffee cup recycling.
London builds 'circular economy hierarchy' into public procurement
The Greater London Authority (GLA) is redefining its public procurement policies in a bid to position London as a global circular economy hub.