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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 researchers pioneer portable biofuel facility
Aston University has developed new technology to convert waste and residues, such as babywipes, into biofuel.
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.
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
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.
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.
£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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.