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The story of Roermond: How Smurfit Kappa is making the circular economy a reality

Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa invites edie on a behind-the-scenes tour of its pioneering zero-waste paper mill in the Netherlands, which stands as an exemplar of the firm's global circular economy ambitions.

Members of the new action plan hope that increasing recycling volumes will bring in economic benefits alongside rejuvenating England’s plateauing recycling rates

WRAP launches food waste recycling plan for England

A new five-point action plan aimed at improving household and commercial food waste recycling and collection was launched by WRAP today (7 July) in Birmingham.

While Wales has already passed EU legislation requirements to achieve an average recycling rate of 50% by 2020, England could be left with numerous penalties

England should 'hang its head in shame' over static recycling efforts

With new figures released on Thursday (2 June) revealing that recycling figures for Wales had edged towards 60%, charity Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) has claimed that the lack of progress on recycling in England "reflects very badly on the situation".

The company is incorporating a mixed-recycling process that sees coffee bean sacks from Costa converted into carpet tiles for Premier Inns

How the 'spirit' of internal collaboration is reducing waste at Whitbread

EXCLUSIVE: Communication and innovation regarding waste reduction methods has become the "heart of corporate culture" at Whitbread, due to "extremely well aligned" managerial departments which collaborate internally, the company's procurement manager has claimed.

Last week, Tetra Pak announced it will have delivered 200 billion packages labelled with the FSC logo by the end of April 2016

Tetra Pak's bio-based carton hits new milestones

Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has announced the launch of a new bio-based version of its Tetra Top package which will have a plant-based renewable content of more than 80%.

Around 891,000 tonnes of the 2.2m tonnes of plastic packaging produced annually in the UK was recycled in 2015

Defra relaxes plastic packaging targets 'to reduce burden on businesses'

The Government has announced plans to relax statutory plastic packaging recycling targets in an apparent attempt to 'reduce the burden' on business, with research showing that, despite 'significant increases' in recycling, the industry could struggle to hit 2020 targets.

Under the Courtald Commitment 2025, brands will be given an optional choice to cut food and drink waste and the associated carbon emissions by one fifth by 2025

10 years to save £20bn: WRAP unveils revamped Courtauld Commitment 'to transform food industry'

The Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is today (15 March) urging Britain's food and drink firms to pledge major reductions in food waste and carbon emissions - which could deliver £20bn in savings for the UK economy - through its pioneering new Courtald Commitment 2025.

Henkel has pledged to ramp up its sustainability efforts in an attempt to improve its created value to environmental footprint correlation by 75%

Henkel unveils new sustainability goals after surging past interim targets

Persil, Schwarzkopf shampoo and Pritt Stick manufacturer Henkel has unveiled a multitude of new sustainability goals after reaching and surpassing a variety of interim targets that form the foundation of its Sustainability Strategy for 2030.

Since the launch of this partnership Tesco and its customers have donated 27.5 million meals to FareShare

Tesco fights war on waste with revamped food donation scheme

UK retail giant Tesco has announced it is donating a further 700,000 meals from its 10 distribution centres to charities in an attempt to reduce the amount of surplus food the company is producing.

Fecal waste has energy content similar to coal and charcoal and could replace up to 2 million tonnes of charcoal-equivalent fuel

Poo power: Human waste could heat 138 million households

Safely obtained biogas from human waste could generate electricity to power all of the households in in Indonesia, Brazil, and Ethiopia combined, if researchers can harness the correct innovative technologies.

The construction of the plant will allow for an annual generation capacity of 61GWh

Green investment for Northern Ireland's largest EfW plant

A proposed Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Belfast has received almost half of its funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) after it committed £47m of equity to the 15MW project.

ECAP will task retailers with encouraging consumers to buy less clothing

WRAP targets textile waste reductions across Europe

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

The IWFC highlights that food waste occurs throughout every phase of the industry's supply chain from harvesting to consumption

Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration

Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.

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.

The University of Cambridge will slash carbon emissions and reduce water consumption

Cambridge launches green vision to cut emissions by a third by 2020

The University of Cambridge is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 34% as part of its new sustainability strategy for the next five years.

European MEPs voted to pass a new report backing 30% resource productivity targets

European Parliament backs circular economy resolution

MEPs have passed a European circular economy report calling for a 30% increase in resource productivity by 2030, which could add nearly two million green jobs.

Business leaders have called for MEPs to support a new report on the benefits of a circular economy

Business leaders call on MEPs to support circular economy

Business and environmental leaders have today (3 July) called for MEPs to vote in favour of a report setting out the benefits of a circular economy in Europe.

The EU Circularity Indicators Methodology helps business assess their transition from linear to circular processes

EU unveils ground-breaking circular economy metric

European companies can now measure how well their products and business models perform in the context of a circular economy thanks to a new tool developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Zero Waste Scotland is calling for people across the country to join its mission to reduce food waste

Scotland to recruit 'volunteer army' to drive circular economy

Zero Waste Scotland is recruiting more than 1,000 'zero waste volunteers' to support its mission to reduce food waste, boost recycling rates and promote re-use, repairing and sharing across the country.

Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, speaking at the 2015 European Circular Economy Conference in Brussels

Europe's new circular economy package will be 'country-specific'

The European Commission's 'more ambitious' circular economy package will include country-specific waste-reduction targets and a specific roadmap for the implementation of closed-loop business processes.

The 'Working on Waste' campaign will encourage food and grocery company employees to reduce household waste

Food industry unites in campaign to cut household food waste

The Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) has launched a 'Working on Waste' campaign to bring UK food and grocery companies together to help their employees reduce household food waste.

The company's plant in Buxton £35m factory produces lightweight bottled water products with 25% less PET plastic

Nestlé Waters achieves zero waste to landfill at £35m Buxton bottling plant

Nestlé Waters announced today (15 July) that it has achieved zero waste-to-landfill at its £35m factory in Buxton in Derbyshire and its head office in Rickmansworth, diverting 500 tonnes from landfill in the past 12 months.

Mitie's energy and water use, fuel consumption and waste generation all rose over last year mainly, says the company, due to an increase in the company's estate

Mitie reports strong sustainability performance in 2014

FTSE 250 strategic outsourcer Mitie has claimed a significant increase in sustainability performance for the ninth consecutive year and "strong progress towards its 2020 targets".

The Ecover Ocean bottle is made entirely from recycled plastic

Ecover promotes closed-loop packaging with new Ocean plastic bottle

Ecological cleaning company Ecover has launched its first ever bottle made from waste plastic fished out of the ocean.

Colgate had reduced energy use and carbon emissions per ton of production by 16% since 2005

Reason to smile: Colgate-Palmolive announces new climate change commitment

Multinational consumer-goods firm Colgate-Palmolive is pledging to reduce its carbon footprint by a further 25%, having hit a number of energy, water and waste reduction targets in its latest sustainability report.

Novo Nordisk reports 2013 increases in water, energy and CO2 emissions

Major pharmaceuticals company Novo Nordisk has reported increases in water use, energy consumption, CO2 emissions and total waste produced, for the second consecutive year.

WRAP CEO Liz Goodwin says gaining a charitable status would allow WRAP to access a wider funding pool and give the organisation greater freedom

EXCLUSIVE: WRAP to apply for charitable status to safeguard its future

WRAP is set to overhaul its structure and apply for charitable status in a bid to diversify its funding base and secure its long-term future.

United Utilities targets material reuse under waste prevention drive

United Utilities is looking at innovative ways to recycle hard-to-handle waste materials, such as grit, as part of its materials reuse drive.

Behavioural psychology shows that just telling employees to engage in efficiency is not enough

UK firms could save £300m a year by engaging staff in sustainability

UK workplaces are missing out on more than £300m a year in savings that could be achieved by engaging employees in energy efficiency and waste reduction, according to new research.

Industrial resources - unlocking their value

Founding member of the recently launched European Industrial Symbiosis Association (EUR-ISA), and this years 'Sustainability Leader' award winner, Peter Laybourn, explains how symbiotic partnerships can achieve wide-scale economic and environmental benefits.

No overall targets set on waste prevention

Firm targets left out of Defra's Waste Prevention Programme

Defra has unveiled its long-awaited Waste Prevention Programme with the aim of supporting a resource efficient economy but have set no firm targets.

New waste prevention plan launched by Welsh Government

Wales sets national waste prevention targets

The Welsh Government has launched its Waste Prevention Programme, which sets out how businesses and households in Wales can reuse or extend the life of products and reduce the environmental impact of waste.

City Link sets itself 80% waste recycling target

Premium express parcel carrier City Link has set itself a target to recycle 80% of its waste within the next nine months although the goal could be reached as early as next February.

Waste industry 'in doldrums' over Defra disengagement

Waste industry leaders have voiced grave concerns over plans by Defra to cut back its involvement in the sector following an announcement by the new resource minister Dan Rogerson this week.

John Lewis measures up pros of pay-as-you-throw

The John Lewis Partnership is exploring a pay-by-weight model for its waste collection activities in a bid to gather more accurate data that will inform its sustainability strategy

Water issues beginning to 'permeate the mainstream'

Water preservation and scarcity is "on the cusp" of being the next big sustainability issue, says Bloomberg's head of sustainability Lee Ballin.

Recycling still below 14% at 'worst' councils

Ashford Borough Council in Kent has been named as England's worst performing council when it comes to recycling, while Surrey Heath Borough is the best.

The £1.2m fund will be used to improve or expand recycling collections at the kerbside

£1.2m funding to boost recycling in London boroughs

London boroughs have received new funding to help improve recycling rates in the capital.

Pubs, clubs and restaurants

Restaurants and pubs 'worst offenders' for dealing with waste

Up to 50% of bars and restaurants across the UK could be failing to recycle their waste properly, according to new research.

Defra attacked over plan to abolish quarterly regional waste reports

Defra's proposed move to eradicate regional quarterly waste statistics and instead publish a single annual report has been met with criticism from industry leaders.

Bloomberg's CEO Dan Doctoroff says that since launching its sustainability program in 2007 the company has saved $43m [£28m]

Bloomberg reduces 2013 water target as initial goal 'too aggressive'

Global business and financial information provider Bloomberg has reduced its 2013 water reduction target by 6.3 million gallons after the company concluded that the initial goal was 'too aggressive'.

EXCLUSIVE: Design out construction waste with a 'joined up' building process

Waste produced from the construction process could be completely designed out if there was more integrated thinking and communication within the industry, says Institute of Sustainability's Terry McGivern.

UK just scrapes into Europe top ten recycling league

The UK trails in tenth place behind the rest of Europe when it comes to recycling rates, according to new analysis.

World's first standard for waste management sets a precedent

The first international standard for waste management has been developed by the Carbon Trust, which aims to set a global benchmark for good practice.

Demand grows for global targets to slash food waste

A global standard to measure and report on the amount of food wasted across the world is being called for as World Environment Day gets underway.

Money up for grabs if you can give waste greater visibility

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is launching a competition for artistic depictions of waste in Europe in a bid to raise awareness around the issue.

Westminster locks out metal theft with Taylor-made bin device

Westminster City Council will be rolling out a new waste bin container-locking device across the borough this summer following successful security trials earlier this year.

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Courtauld Commitment 3 homes in on packaging optimisation

The latest phase of the Courtauld Commitment launches today, setting out ambitious waste reduction targets for the food and drink sector.

Call for evidence opens for England waste prevention plan

Defra has launched a call for evidence today for its forthcoming Waste Prevention Programme for England, which will be published towards the end of the year.

Waste Prevention Plan gets December release date

The long-awaited Waste Prevention Plan for England is set to be published in December of this year, Defra Resource Minister Lord de Mauley announced today.

Consumers shift consumption priorities onto water and waste

Water and waste concerns must sit higher on the corporate agenda as research reveals consumers are starting to attach as much importance to these issues as working conditions and fair wages.

Defra Waste Prevention Plan call for evidence due early 2013

Defra has confirmed it will launch a "call for evidence" early next year to inform policy direction on the forthcoming Waste Prevention Programme for England.

Shopping centre achieves zero waste to landfill

Northern Ireland's second largest shopping centre, which serves 14 million shoppers a year, has been recognised for achieving zero waste to landfill.

Waste prevention and reuse set to dominate industry agenda

Waste prevention and reuse is the most pressing issue facing the waste industry over the next five years according to those who work in the sector.

Workplace water firm is carbon neutral in seven countries

The workplace drinks provider, Eden Springs, says it has achieved 100% carbon neutral certification in seven of its European markets, including the UK.

Defra to beef up policy focus on waste prevention

Waste prevention will be a key focus for the Government over the next 12 months as it looks to concentrate its efforts further up the waste hierarchy, Defra recycling minister Lord Taylor has confirmed.

Soft drinks sector braced for sustainability drive

Plans to develop a sustainability roadmap to improve resource efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of the soft drinks industry have been unveiled.

High hopes bin app will push recycling rates to 75%

A smartphone wheelie bin application to notify householders of changes in waste collection services will be launched by two of England's top performing recycling councils this summer.

EU framework set to promote recycling best practice

Twelve EU regions are to join forces to develop a common framework in a bid to improve the consistency of recycling and recovery rates across Europe.

Hospitality industry aims to improve waste management

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has joined forces with Specialist Waste Recycling (SWR) in a bid to improve the management of the sector's waste streams.

Balfour Beatty unveils sustainability progress

Engineering and construction group Balfour Beatty has revealed it made good progress in water and waste reduction between 2009 -2011 - although admits falling short in energy reduction.

Unilever aims to reduce environmental impact through collaborative working

Unilever has published details of a range of research projects focusing on waste, water and health in a bid to develop technologies and products with a lower environmental impact.

Code red

Gill Ross-Jones, HazRed Project Manager at the Environment Agency, explains how the project aims to help small businesses reduce their hazardous waste

But is it waste?

Libby Cooper (Clarkslegal LLP), Sue Davidson (SJ Berwin LLP) and Hilary Stone (Brunel University) ponder on the true definition of waste

A review of statutory and other funding sources

Alex Green of FareShare argues that Defra's new BREW fund conspicuously overlooks community schemes to divert food waste from landfill.

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