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The CIWM report advocates the wider promotion of existing good practice and guidance through support for smaller independent re-use organisations

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.

The report cites cross-sector partnerships and collective leadership as key to delivering procurement policies which drive the circular transition

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.

edie rounds up of some of the recent innovations attempting to turn the food waste mountain into a self-feeding gold mine

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.

WRAP's new Recycling Guidelines clarify the “what, why and how” of the recyclability of items such as paper, card, cartons, metal, plastic and glass packaging

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.

The initiative will aim to collect 20,000 paper cups, which will be recycled into 15,000 plastic flower pot holders to be used in community gardens around the area

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 paper calls on the Government to “consider in some detail” the role that EPR can play in tackling the UK’s litter problem as part of its upcoming Litter Strategy

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.

The partnership will produce new recycling solutions for previously unrecyclable waste for businesses and local authorities

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.

Research has revealed that the overwhelming majority of the English population now carry their own bags when food shopping following the charge roll-out

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.

The research shows a growth from 51% to 62% in support in England for the carrier bag charge since it was introduced

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.

Dagevos called on companies to introduce innovative new design methods that stopped “plastic leakage” into oceans occurring in new closed-loop models

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".

The platform marks the first time that UK companies governed by Producer Responsibility Obligation Regulations are given transparent knowledge on investment

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.

The report calls on every country, every major city and every company that deals with food supply chains to set targets consistent with the aims of the SDGs

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.

Due to the success of the trials, Keep Britain Tidy has now announced that Nottingham, Haringey, Sutton and Kettering will be given the “charity bin facelift”

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.

Sources said that Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania and Bulgaria support Berlin’s idea, while the UK, Italy, Finland and Greece, are open to considering it

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.

Since 2010, PepsiCo Recycling has partnered with over 100 colleges and universities to support campus recycling programmes, providing more than $70,000

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.

More than 11 million tonnes of materials could be diverted from disposal increasing England’s recycling rate by 7% by the year 2025 if the new framework is adopted.

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.

The report calls on BEIS to encourage greater use of secondary raw materials in products manufactured in the UK

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

The Hackney-based initiative will be recorded and recreated as a short film to further drive the campaign. In total, 11 local authorities and partners across the UK will take part

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.

The energy generated will be used to power the new processing plant and provide heat for the North Terminal

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.

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) fish boxes are widely used by the seafood industry for transporting produce to restaurants

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.

90% of grocery managers believe that customers will buy 'imperfect' fruit and vegetables at a discount

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".

Northern Ireland overtook England in the rankings after 77% of its authorities showed an upward trend and made total carbon savings of 123,000 tonnes

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.

The cost of re-sorting 'contaminated' recycle bins is a key reason  for some of the recycling being rejected, so what needs to happen to prevent contamination in the first place?

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.

A municipal waste dump in Afogados da Ingazeira, Pernambuco, north-east Brazil. Photo: Eleanor Bentall/Tearfund

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.

A full-scale production facility for the new polymer is being built in Hollymoor Point in Rubery, Birmingham, and is due to open in 2017. Photo: Aquapak Polymers

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.

SEPA's report outlines the regulator’s focus on waste crime through partnership working with other enforcement agencies to disrupt serious organised crime

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 confirmed that it will complete all current contracts, but will subsequently exit from the energy-from-waste business altogether

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.

The company claims that the new compound will perform “equal to or exceeding that” of virgin resins and around 20 kilotonnes will be integrate into packaging streams by 2017

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.

More than half of the total number of recycled handsets were sent to O2 over the last two years, with 430,000 sent in 2015

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.

Loch Leven in the Scottish Highlands

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 now operates more than 5,500 self-service coffee machines in nine international markets, with plans to expand to 8,000 machines by 2020. Photo: costa.co.uk

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.

Currently, Bournemouth recycles more than 1,842 tonnes of plastic packaging to be made into new bottles, furniture and clothing

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.

Colin Church will be taking over from Steve Lee as CIWM's new chief executive in the Autumn. Photo: CIWM

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.

The 100% recyclable pasta boxes, which will cost £1.99 as part of the Waitrose LoveLife range, will go on sale on Monday (1 August)

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.

edie has pulled together a green innovation extravaganza, bringing you seven sustainability solutions that could all serve a purpose in ending the war on waste

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.

The trial forms the first stage in a €2.1m, three-and-a-half-year project, which will directly inform policy recommendations throughout the EU

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).

The Frugalpac cup can be recycled in normal paper mills and independent inspections Intertek has found that the cup’s carbon footprint is around half that of traditional coffee cups

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.

Earlier this year, France implemented a ban on supermarkets forbidding them from throwing away unsold food

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.

According to the report, only 18 of London’s 33 boroughs are collecting food waste separately

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.

Recycling remuneration: Local authorities that have taken on recycling rewards schemes have seen a significant growth in recycling rates

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.

IRENA’s report suggests that PV-specific waste regulations would help to address growing solar PV waste and promote ongoing innovation in panel waste management

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 is already citing its alcohol isles and bakeries as the cause for the rise and has planned to alleviate the issue

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 will officially take up his new role as chief executive of WRAP on 30 June

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).

Originally established in 2013, the standard looks to encourage consistency and transparency in quantifying and reporting food waste issues to reap economic benefits

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.

From expert insights on gaining strategic boardroom buy-in to interactive sessions on the importance of leadership at every level of business, we've rounded up the best of the quotes from edie Live 2016

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.

The new ESA report outlines four areas that the Government should focus on to push towards a circular economy

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.

The education centre and main plant at the Farington facility which is set for closure

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.

In order to incentivise the #NeverBeenWorn campaign, Oxfam is offering a free service for the first 500 participants

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 has remained dedicated in its commitment to developing innovative products and technologies that require less energy and produce fewer emissions

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.

While Starbucks has made moves to reduce waste, questions remain over the recyclability of paper cups - which are sealed with a polyethylene (plastic) lining on the interior

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.

An improved circular economy model in London could create 40,000 new jobs by 2030

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.

CIWM believes that Britain's economic growth will be stifled due to dwindling recycling efforts

Waste managers lament Defra's 'utterly depleted' five-year plan

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has criticised the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for delivering a "highly disappointing" five-year environmental policy plan which contains a distinct lack of commitments on the reduction of UK waste.

One in six of the eight billion meals served throughout the hospitality sector each year is wasted

Serving up a food waste solution

With the annual cost of food waste in the hospitality and foodservice sector set to reach £3bn this year, ReFood's Philip Simpson discusses the challenges facing the industry and how businesses can recuperate losses through better reduction and recycling strategies.

Once operational, the biogas plant will treat waste from more than 110,000 UK households

World's first bio plant for untreated waste set for Cheshire

The world's first biogas plant that can handle unsorted and untreated household waste will be built in Northwich in Cheshire, offshore wind power and oil and gas exploration company DONG energy has announced today (22 February).

The Rio Olympics will incorporate a wide range of initiatives designed to save water and cut waste and emissions from transportation, stadiums and the events themselves

Rio Olympics earns top sustainability benchmark

The 2016 Rio Oympic and Paralympic games has been awarded the top global sustainability certificate for events, ISO 20121.

20% of recycling bins in the London boroughs of Newham and Hammersmith and Fulham and 18% of the bins in Manchester were rejected for collection due to contamination issues

Consumer education needed to avoid rising level of 'contaminated' recycling, says WRAP

Waste companies and local authorities have been urged to communicate more clearly with consumers after it was revealed that the amount of contaminated recycling sent to landfill has almost doubled in three years.

Clean for the Queen urges people to report environmental issues such as litter concerns to councils throughout the year by using a smart phone application

Britain urged to 'Clean for the Queen' with anti-litter app

Members of the public are being urged to report environmental issues to their local council using a mobile app, as part of a new anti-litter behaviour change campaign launched to coincide with the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

The power plant has helped reduce the amount of waste that is produced when creating Beaufort cheese

French power station generates electricity for 1,500 homes from cheese

A power plant in the French Alps is using leftover waste from nearby cheese production facilities to generate enough electricity to power 1,500 households in the surrounding area.

The new prototype will be consumer ready along with other ocean plastic products by the end of the year

Adidas adds 3D-printed insole to ocean waste shoe

Sportswear giant Adidas has created the world's first sports shoe made entirely from reclaimed and recycled ocean waste, which now includes a 3D-printed midsole made from recycled polyester and fill net content.

Any textiles not fit for repurposing will be recycled for uses such as mattress filling

Ocado takes on uniform waste quandary with pioneering re-use scheme

Ocado has teamed up with social enterprise charity Hubbub and a prison in Northumberland for an innovative new partnership that will prevent the online retailer's corporate uniforms being unnecessarily sent to landfill.

The signs were granulated and the recycled plastic was extruded and re-purposed

Millennium Stadium closes the loop on Rugby World Cup signs

Plastic advertising hoardings and signs used for this year's Rugby World Cup in the UK have been given a new lease of life through packaging company DS Smith which has recycled and re-purposed the boards.

Murfitt manufactures its products by recycling car tyres from across the UK, and has developed bespoke processes which enable it to recycle 100% of every tyre

Australian footballers to play on Britain's recycled tyres

Footballers in Melbourne, Australia, will soon be playing and training on artificial pitches topped with rubber granules from the tyres of old British cars.

Water-soluble florescent chalk is used draw outlines around discarded gum on the streets

VIDEO: Oxford Street lights up to spark chewing gum behaviour change

The grey pavements of Europe's busiest shopping street have been transformed with brightly-coloured circles to highlight the amount of chewing gum that is dropped in an effort to stimulate behaviour change.

Ignoring sustainability issues could prove costly to restaurants

Food waste: Opportunity knocks for hospitality businesses

With sustainability becoming an increasingly important factor in dining decisions, ReFood's commercial director Philip Simpson explores how increasing food waste recycling in bars, restaurants and hotels could boost customer footfall, as well as reducing waste management costs.

The use of Neighbourly will allow M&S to monitor what products are continuously surplus and begin implementing ways to reduce them

M&S to donate surplus food to charities

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today (9 October) announced the launch of a nationwide food redistribution scheme which will see 150 of the supermarket's biggest stores pass surplus food onto a host of local charities.

Wales has shown the rest of the UK that reaching the 50% EU target is eminently achievable, according to Suez Environment

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.

The 5p charge has been introduced by the Government and aims to reduce the 7.64bn carrier bags that end up in landfill

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.

The 5p plastic bag levy will be introduced nationwide by the Government and will be compulsory for businesses that employ the equivalent of 250 or more full-time employees

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.

Worldbeing users wear a wristband which calculates their carbon consumption based on the day's activities

How 'fitbit' apps are revolutionising carbon tracking

The Carbon Trust has joined a host of organisations developing apps that allow people, and businesses, to keep track of the carbon cost of day-to-day life.

The data on the global uptake of ISO 14001 comes a week after a revised version of the standard was published

ISO 14001 certifications jumped 7% in past year

The number of ISO 14001 certificates issued has grown 7% in the past year, taking the total to more than 324,000 worldwide.

©Oregon State University, Scientists believe that 8 million of these microbeads are emitted into aquatic habitats each day

Scientists call for outright ban on microbeads to avert 'plastic crisis'

Wildlife and resources used for human consumption need to be protected by implementing an outright ban on the use of microbeads, according to new analysis from a group of conservation scientists.

With the collectors unable to enter a residents home the furniture is either left outside and exposed to weather, or cut up into pieces so it can be transported to landfill

Britons throw away more than 300,000 tonnes of reusable furniture every year

A new report has called on local authorities and manufacturers of 'bulky waste' - waste too big for normal disposal - to put a greater emphasis on the reuse of unwanted furniture.

The campaign has seen a series of interactive installations and exhibitions in Villiers Street to encourage people not to litter

Westminster tackles cigarette & gum litter with innovative behaviour change campaign

Giant cigarettes, voting ashtrays and music-playing poles have seen the amounts of gum and cigarette butts left on the streets of Westminster fall rapidly.

7-10 billion tonnes of urban waste is produced each year, with 3 billion people across the globe lacking access to efficient waste disposal facilities

UNEP: 'Urgent response' needed to avert global waste crisis

The first ever worldwide waste report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says immediate action is required to shift from 'take-make-use-waste' to a circular economy.

The fund will see a crack down on environmental crime and target companies who are not compliant with various regulations

Environment Agency secures €640,000 to tackle waste crime

The Environment Agency will use €640,000 in funds from the European Union to develop a network aimed at stopping the illegal international shipping of waste.

Current waste disposal regulations aren't clearly defined leading to a lot of hazardous waste being disposed of incorrectly

New US regulations could prevent 6,400 tonnes of hazardous waste entering waterways

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed two new rules banning healthcare facilities from flushing their hazardous waste pharmaceuticals down the drain, to help protect drinking and surface water.

Rubicon has a commitment to diverting 100% of its customers' waste to 'truly sustainable' alternatives by 2022

Uber-style app for garbage aims to boost recycling rates

A US waste start-up has announced plans to launch an app that allows users to call for a rubbish collection, the same way they might schedule an Uber taxi.

25% of survey respondents stated that energy-saving lessons should be on the National Curriculum

One third of people want more children educated about recycling

A survey has shown that 30% of people in the UK believe that more should be done to educate school children about recycling.

Businesses and campaign groups have put their names to the Litter Manifesto

McDonalds and Wrigley add support to national Litter Manifesto

Businesses and campaign groups have backed a new Litter Manifesto calling on the Government to tackle the UK's £1bn litter problem.

Hospital furniture refurbishment and reuse waste could drive significant savings in disposal costs and avoided procurement costs

Circular thinking - a miracle cure for NHS waste management?

Britain's healthcare system has historically had a poor track-record in waste management and recycling. But things are beginning to change, with several NHS Trusts now adopting more circular business models, as Maxine Perella finds out.

Inder Poonaji will join Viridor on 1 September

Viridor snaps up Nestle's Inder Poonaji to drive sustainability strategy

Waste management firm Viridor has recruited Nestle's former head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, to direct its own sustainability, safety, health environment and quality divisions.

E-cigarettes reduce the level of toxic cigarette waste but add to levels of WEEE

Blowing smoke: is vaping waste as bad as cigarette butts?

Consumers are not properly aware of the dangers of e-cigarette waste, with whole vaping devices being sent straight to landfill rather than being recycled.

Aston University has developed the portable facility which it says will make biofuel production easier for rural businesses. Photo: Aston University

Aston University researchers pioneer portable biofuel facility

Aston University has developed new technology to convert waste and residues, such as babywipes, into biofuel.

A lack of food waste collection and larger bins caused major variations in recycling rates

Bin sizes and food waste collections pose recycling challenge, says WRAP

Factors under the control of local authorities account for the largest variation in recycling rates across the UK, new research from WRAP has revealed.

Green thinking can bring huge benefits in reducing bottom lines costs and increasing employee engagement

Why the time is NOW for sustainable business practice

James Deacon, head of corporate responsibility at technology company Ricoh UK, offers his advice for businesses looking to become more sustainable in 2015 and beyond

Business Secretary Sajid Javid plans to axe unnecessary regulation to save £10bn

Government 'cutting the red tape' for waste and energy

The UK Government is aiming to make £10bn of red tape savings with environmental industries at the forefront, Business Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed yesterday (17 July).

E-Waste: The circular economy's achilles heel

With Recycle Week in full flow, James Rubin, chief executive of waste clearance firm Enviro Waste, highlights the huge importance of tackling e-waste in the transition to a circular economy.

Confidence among facilities managers that their firms can implement sustainability programmes has fallen from to 40%

Sustainability barriers hindering FM professionals

Businesses are facing a 'sustainability crunch' and finding it harder to implement sustainability policies, according to a new survey of UK facilities managers.

Circular business processes combined with a service-based economy would provide a significant boost to the UK economy

£29bn: the value of a UK 'circular revolution'

Closing the loop on resource use and moving to a service-based economy has the potential to boost the UK economy by 1.8% over a 10-year period, according to new research.

Last year recycled raw materials made up 74% of Smurfit Kappa's paper

Circular economy provides 'competitive advantage' for packaging firm

"Sustainability drives our competitive advantage", proclaimed international paper packaging company Smurfit Kappa in its 2014 sustainability report, released this week.

The Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain was praised for its sustainable, ethical, and local sourcing of ingredients

Costa served with 'excellent' sustainable café rating

Coffee shop chain Costa has become the first café business in the UK to join the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), after being named a 'Two Star Sustainability Champion' by the organisation.

Quarterly recycling rates in England rose just 0.1% year-on-year

Recycling rates could drop without Government intervention, says ESA

The new Conservative Government is being urged to work closely with the waste-management sector to counteract an anticipated downturn in recycling rates across England.

Cardiff City, Wales. The country will begin setting interim emissions targets and carbon budgets from next year

Wales ramps up climate change ambitions

The Welsh Government will be required to set a legally-binding target to reduce emissions by at least 80% by 2050 under a new law to improve the nation's resource management.

Power house: City Hall now has more clout

New powers for London Mayor give clear steer for environment

Ken Livingstone may not have quite got the independent city state he jokingly claimed to have wanted, but Westminster proposals giving more self governance to the capital will transfer a raft of new powers to the Mayor and Greater London Authority, many of which will impact on environmental policy.

UK Business Briefs: waste, groundwater, pipes and monitoring

In this week’s UK Business Briefs, recycling makes the New Year’s Honours List; a new 25-year contract for waste management in East London; a contract to build a research vessel; plastic piping for the Moray coast; and funding for groundwater research.

UK Business Briefs: waste management, community heating, water MSc

In this week’s UK Business Briefs, a waste management company celebrates two seven-year contracts in London; a community energy programme is calling for bids for funding; free registration for water and wastewater students on two masters degrees; a new industrial modem for high-speed data transfer and low power operation; and a carbon offset company changes its logo.

Microwaves used to recycle plastic/aluminium laminate cartons

A new and innovative process by which plastic and aluminium laminate cartons, such as those used for fruit juice, are broken down using microwaves, separating the aluminium and plastic so that they can be recovered, has been honoured at an awards ceremony at the London Science Museum.

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