Greening the Apple: How sustainable is the new iPhone 7?
It features a longer battery life, is more energy-efficient, and a waterproof design will prevent damaged products going straight to landfill. But the ditching of the headphone jack could itself open up an e-waste black hole. So just how sustainable is Apple's new iPhone 7?
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).
Government unveils £775,000 fund to boost electrical recycling
The Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has launched a £775,000 fund to help local authorities improve the collection, re-use and recycling of electrical goods.
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.
Only one third of European e-waste 'properly recycled'
Just one third of all used-but-still-functioning electronics were properly recycled across the EU in 2012, according to a major new study by the UN and Interpol.
Recycling e-waste could be worth up to €3.7bn by 2020
Efficient recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) could be worth €3.7bn to the European economy by 2020, a new study has found.
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.
WEEE: Tackling the next big business challenge
The recast Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive has now been in place in the UK for 18 months. The UK Government believes that the new system has produced an estimated £18m cost reduction for producers. Here, Scott Butler from the European Recycling Platform (ERP) explains why there is much work still to do.
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.
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.
Majority of 40 million tonne global e-waste binned, says UNU
The amount of discarded electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) globally reached 41.8 million tonnes in 2014, with the vast majority neither re-used nor disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
Solarcentury to build 'UK's most environmentally-friendly solar farm'
Composting toilets, biodiesel generators and a car sharing scheme for staff will all be features of a new 48MW solar farm which developers say will set the 'highest environmental standards ever for a ground-mounted solar installation'.
Party Conference round-up: What are the big green ideas?
While the party leaders themselves gave climate change a short shrift at their respective conferences, a closer look at the environmental 'problems and solutions posed by the 'big three' political parties reveals the true extent of their green ambitions.
Green sky thinking: Six truly amazing renewable ideas
From the weird to the wonderful, the space age to the bizarre, green innovators are coming up with amazing inventions to create a more sustainable future.
Reuse and closed-loop recovery models set to power UK growth
Reuse and smarter 'closed-loop' reprocessing technologies offer two of the biggest growth opportunities for the UK's waste sector, new research has revealed.
Caterpillar: UK must embrace remanufacture to be circular economy contender
British companies will struggle to compete in an emerging circular economy unless quality and regulatory issues surrounding product remanufacture are properly addressed, Caterpillar has warned.
Producer responsibility at risk of becoming increasingly 'dysfunctional'
The concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) is no longer fit-for-purpose and must be re-examined as businesses increasingly look to utilise their waste streams as a resource.
LGA urges retailers to expand take-back services to prevent waste
The Local Government Association is urging retailers to expand or introduce take-back services for unwanted goods to divert them away from landfill and encourage reuse.
Rise of the iPad could spell trouble for waste economics
The growing trend of consuming media on tablet devices such as iPads could have "profound consquences" for municipal recycling figures, a leading waste analyst has warned.
WRAP to explore new models for trade-in of consumer electricals
A new initiative is set to forge greater collaboration across the UK electricals sector to maximise opportunities around reuse, redesign and product durability.
World's 'first' flat panel display recycling plant unveiled
Electrical Waste Recycling Group has announced that it has received approval from the Environment Agency to launch what it claims is the world's first recycling plant to mechanically process LCD flat panel displays.
Lockheed Martin recognised for responsible action on e-waste
Defence and aerospace firm Lockheed Martin has been recognised for its producer responsibility efforts on electronic waste management.
Producer responsibility 'failing' on environmental design
There is little evidence to show that the producer responsibility regulations have led to an improvement in environmental design, according to a leading consultant.
Hewlett Packard highlights hefty cost savings in WEEE by slashing red tape
The UK could save up to £64m a year if the Government's WEEE consultation elects to match collection sites to compliance schemes, according to a report from Hewlett Packard (HP).
E-cigarette recycling reward scheme looks to stub out landfill
A recycling incentive scheme for electronic cigarettes has been launched by E-Lites, where smokers can exchange their used e-cigs for free replacement products.
Lack of WEEE transparency is putting producer responsibility at risk
The majority of business-to-business e-waste collections are not reported in compliance with the WEEE Directive, new research has found.
Demand for rare earth metals requires recycling strategy overhaul
A rethink in recycling practices is necessary to mitigate against resource scarcity risk as demand for rare earth metals grows, new research warns.
Samsung admits tin mining operations causing environmental destruction
Samsung Electronics has admitted it is using tin mined in Indonesia for the manufacture of its smart phones, causing devastating effects on the local environment.
Producer responsibility review plans to cut WEEE compliance costs
The Government has published its first discussion paper on producer responsibility regimes, as it seeks to simplify the regulation while reducing compliance costs for businesses.
E-waste deal could transform rare earth metals recovery
Commercial-scale high value extraction of precious and base metals from used circuit boards is nearing reality following successful R&D work in this field.
Smartphone market gets its first sustainability standard
A sustainability certification scheme for smartphones has been introduced in, what is claimed, a world first.
Ericsson achieves carbon target a year ahead of schedule
Telecommunications company Ericsson has reached its five-year carbon footprint intensity target one year ahead of schedule, according to its annual sustainability report published today.
WEEE gets reuse boost with best practice standard
The world's first certification scheme to promote the reuse of used and waste electrical and electronic equipment (UEEE & WEEE) has been launched this week.
Social enterprise invests to capitalise on WEEE recast
A not-for-profit scheme is expanding its e-waste recycling capabilities to meet what it sees as a growing demand in the market for unwanted electrical items.
WRAP launches reuse communications campaign
Organisations are to receive tools to help them unlock the financial benefits of reuse through the launch of free communications materials by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
UK losing out as precious metal waste shipped abroad
The Government has been urged to put a halt to the export of recoverable precious metals as a review of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) legislation draws closer.
O2 upcycles mobile phones into 'talking' shoes
O2 has made a fashion statement by unveiling a range of functional mobile phones built into vintage shoes as part of its Recycle campaign.
E-waste firm Redeem 'fastest growing' recycler in UK
WEEE specialist Redeem has been named as the UK's fastest growing recycling company in terms of revenue according to an annual waste industry league table.
Samsung and Apple must 'come clean' on devastating mining
Samsung and Apple must face obligatory reporting rules for their supply chains and material use, says Friends of the Earth (FoE).
Electronics firms urged to clean up their 'dirty carbon' supply chains
Consumer electronics giants such as Apple and Nokia must do more to curb carbon impacts in their manufacturing and supply chains, according to a Greenpeace report released today.
Reuse charity expands to offer wider service
A London reuse charity has moved to bigger premises in response to growing demand from local authorities and major retailers for a diversion route for bulky items.
O2 e-waste drive trials smartphone with no charger
Network operator O2 to is pilot a new smartphone in its shops that will be sold without a charger in a bid to cut down on electronic waste.
Dragons' Den approach needed to push waste up the hierachy
A young generation of entrepreneurs is needed to drive forward the upcycling of waste into new materials that have better environmental value.
Fujitsu to recycle CDs and DVDs into new PCs
Fujitsu has developed what it claims is the industry's first system for recycling used CDs and DVDs into new notebook PCs.
ANALYSIS: The great e-waste exorcism experiment
The launch of a washable keyboard is the latest sign that electronic equipment manufacturers are looking to stretch their producer responsibility obligations out towards the conceptual end of product design.
Ireland braces itself for TV waste surge
As the digital switchover approaches, Ireland is set to see television CRT waste rocket by more than 25% as people make the decision to upgrade or change their set.
O2 launches business mobile phone recycling service
O2 has renewed its mobile phone recycling contract with Redeem as it looks to widen its phone recovery service to corporate clients.
Potential of bulky waste reuse is enormous
More than half the bulky waste taken to household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) could be reused says the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
Pressure mounts for eco-design incentive under WEEE Directive
The Government has been called upon to kick-start individual producer responsibility (IPR) in the UK by incentivising manufacturers to design electrical and electronic goods that are easier to reuse or recycle.
In brief: Commercial waste contract news
A social enterprise firm secures a major deal with a Merseyside blue chip client while a specialist collection company wins a significant contract with a care home chain in the south east.
WEEE recast signals higher recovery push for e-waste
Higher collection targets for e-waste have been introduced today across Europe as part of a forthcoming recast of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Directive.
WRAP to scrutinise case for extending life of electrical goods
WRAP is to convene an industry working group to encourage designers and manufacturers to improve the resource efficiency of electrical appliances.
World first as UK switches on WEEE reuse drive
A new WEEE standard launched this Autumn will seek to boost confidence in the reuse of waste electrical and electronic equipment, as well as cut down on illegal exports.
Producer responsibility: a new era for eco design
As we look towards the future of the WEEE Directive and the transition to a circular economy Bruno Zago argues the case for individual producer responsibility
New materials targeted as Ireland beefs up producer responsibility
Ireland is to explore the possibility of extending producer responsibility regulations to include newspapers, magazines and farm-based plastic chemical containers.
Sony explores futuristic ideas on product longevity
Sustainable consumption is at the core of a new futuristic technology concept from Sony which looks to transform our relationships with the products we buy.
In brief: local authority waste contract news
Greater London is the focus for the latest municipal waste deals, which involve MBT technology, consultancy services and an estates recycling refurbishment.
WEEE 'short-sightedness' hampering rare metals recovery
WRAP has called for an urgent upgrade of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) infrastructure to enable the recovery of valuable raw materials that are being lost in the recycling process.
Consumers sitting on e-waste cash mountain
British households are individually throwing away £800 worth of electrical appliances every year that could be reused or recycled according to new research.
Waste acquisitions hit record high in 2011
Last year saw a record number of merger and acquisition deals in the waste sector despite a 15% fall in material arisings and continuing concerns around access to finance.
HP breathes new life into IT asset recovery
HP is embarking on a ground-breaking producer responsibility drive as it looks to exploit global opportunities in the reuse and asset recovery market for its commercial IT equipment.
EnvironCom clinches Travis Perkins WEEE deal
Travis Perkins Group has appointed EnvironCom to manage its waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recovery operations.
Digital switchover sparks 'TV mountain' dumping fears
The public is being urged not to throw away their old analogue television sets as switch to digital transmission completes this week.
Resource security ambitions hinge on WEEE success
Tighter controls on e-waste are urgently required if the Government's Resource Action Plan is to deliver on its ambitions, industry leaders have said.
Woking rolls out kerbside WEEE collection service
A waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) kerbside service has made an immediate impact in Woking, Surrey, diverting around 10 tonnes of waste from landfill since early December.
Apple joins forces with university to offer free e-waste takeback
Apple has entered into a partnership with a Canadian university to offer a free public takeback scheme for electronic waste in the first initiative of its type for the software giant.
WeeeCare wins Hampshire-wide electrical waste contract
Electrical recycler WeeeCare has scooped a massive contract from Hampshire County Council to collect and reprocess electrical waste from 26 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) across the county.
HP hits out at 'unfair' WEEE producer compliance costs
HP is calling for compliance costs under the WEEE Directive to be reduced, arguing that producers are now being overcharged due to the rising value of e-waste.
WEEE overhaul forces more takeback requirements on large retailers
Retailers will have to extend their takeback schemes for e-waste under new rules governing the WEEE Directive which have effectively strengthened producer responsibility requirements.
ANALYSIS: Sony on track to eliminate waste by 2050
Sony Corporation has exceeded its waste minimisation targets across all of its global business sites, achieving a 54% reduction rate in 2010 set against a 40% objective.
M&S first to benefit from Mitsubishi Electric recycling scheme
Marks & Spencer and the National Grid are among the first benefactors of Mitsubishi Electric's free national takeback scheme for used industrial air conditioning units.
Mitsubishi gives producer responsibility the cool factor
Mitsubishi Electric has joined forces with a leading reprocessor to recover end-of-life air conditioning units in a unique takeback scheme, as Maxine Perella discovers
Apple launches recycling cashback scheme in UK
Apple has extended its reuse and recycling programme to the UK, France and Germany in the form of a customer cashback scheme for old devices.
More WEEE being recovered than previously thought
Thousands of tonnes of 'extra' WEEE is finding its way back into the recycling market according to the latest modelling research.
Potential reuse value of WEEE could top £220m
More than £220m could be generated from almost a quarter of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) thrown out each year, according to a report from WRAP.
Biffa to roll out household collections for small WEEE
Biffa is to introduce kerbside collections for small items of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) for three of its local authority clients.
Reuse 'way forward' as resource security fears grow
Product reuse will grow in importance as the issue of resource security becomes more critical, according to WRAP's chief executive Liz Goodwin.
Electronic waste recycling advert inspires local authorities
67 local authorities from across the country have expressed an interest in running a TV ad campaign that advocates electronic waste recycling in the lead up to Christmas.
Electronic waste company takeover boosts landfill diversion
Welsh electronic and hazardous waste company FootprintMatters2U has acquired IT Asset Disposal in a bid to strengthen its service.
Mitsubishi Electric offers free recycling for air conditioning units
Mitsubishi Electric has joined forces with Overton Recycling to offer customers a free collection takeback service for its end-of-life air conditioning equipment.
NEC chooses local reprocessor for fridge and WEEE recycling
Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is now sending its end-of-life fridges and other electrical equipment to a local specialist centre to be recycled.
Ireland's first WEEE 'rehab' centre opens its doors
Ireland's first dedicated electrical reuse facility has opened, which will have the capacity to process 10,000 tonnes of WEEE a year.
WEEE reuse protocols aim to reduce amount of e-waste
A set of reuse protocols has been launched by WRAP to help reduce the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) thrown away each year.
A third of big firms 'irresponsible' on IT disposal
One third of the UK's largest businesses are irresponsibly disposing of redundant computers containing e-waste, with many sent to landfill, substandard treatment facilities, or illegally exported.
Ireland targets battery recycling with national campaign
Ireland has launched a nationwide initiative to encourage more battery recycling following a survey that found 90% of Irish people were aware that irresponsible disposal of batteries may have negative environmental consequences.
WEEE 5% reuse target is 'pathetic' says industry chief
A leading IT expert has slammed the EU's proposed 5% reuse target for waste electrical and electronic equipment as "pathetic", arguing that it will do little to curb the environmental impact of e-waste.
Amica offers free WEEE collection service for retailers
Electrical retailers and distributors can save hundreds of pounds a year by taking advantage of a new free WEEE collection scheme, set up by kitchen appliance manufacturer Amica.
WEEE recycling target poised to hike up to 85%
The European Parliament has voted to raise the collection target for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from 65% to 85% in Brussels today (October 4).
Recycling reluctance costs Brits up to £762m each year
The British public is losing out on an estimated £762m each year by failing to recycle their old gadgets such as mobile phones, MP3 players and digital cameras, according to new research from O2.
Driving down energy costs
Staff training and drive optimisation and replacement have saved Anglian Water £2.7M in energy costs. ABB Drives explains the scope of the project
Welsh recycling service will slash e-waste costs for businesses
Welsh businesses are set to benefit from a low-cost collection scheme for unwanted electrical items, which claims to save them at least 50% on waste costs.
IT bosses failing to ensure proper e-waste disposal
A fifth of senior IT decision makers in the UK are not confident that all of their company's redundant computer equipment is being diverted from landfill, according to new research.
Scottish Executive considers tougher measures for producer responsibility
Questions have been raised over whether companies are doing enough in relation to their producer responsibility obligations, in a new study from the Scottish Executive.
Concerns raised over 'confusing and complex' waste legislation
The quality of waste legislation has been called into question as new research indicates certain policies are too complex, making them difficult to access, understand and apply.
Irish jewellers call for old watches
Jewellers in Ireland are hoping to turn back time on old watches this month, after declaring August to be National Watch Scrappage and Recycling Month.
WEEE Ireland rolls out recycling scheme with retail chain
WEEE Ireland, the waste electrical and electronic equipment compliance scheme, has teamed up with Expert Hardware stores to launch a consumer-facing recycling initiative.
Recycling rates risk falling under Scotland's carbon metric
Household recycling rates across Scotland could plummet in the short-term once the country's new carbon metric comes into force in 2013, research has shown.
The future is bright for plastics in WEEE
As the latest hi-tech gadgets we buy become smarter and lighter, plastics are starting to replace metals in their manufacture. This marks a shift in priorities for the recovery merchants, as Maxine Perella finds out
Brief Round-up: January
A whistle-stop tour of the legislation published in January.
UK tidies up WEEE reporting rules
An amendment has been made to the UK's Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) regulations regarding the frequency at which producers must report progress.