Kerbside drink carton collections up 16-fold in decade
The kerbside collection of beverage cartons for recycling has seen a 16-fold increase across local authorities in the past decade, according to new figures released this week.
INFOGRAPHIC: Energy efficiency benchmarking survey
edie, in association with E.ON, conducted a survey with selected readers responsible for energy management, asking them to identify the energy efficiency activity they had already completed or had underway.
Aylesford Newsprint goes into administration
Aylesford Newsprint, a paper manufacturer which specialises in recycling paper for reuse as newsprint, has gone into administration.
GIB invests in groundbreaking £111m recycling plant
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is one of three investors funding a first-of-its-kind £111m recycling and waste facility in Scotland.
Doing Business with Nature: Opportunities from Natural Capital
This report highlights examples of the challenges around water, biodiversity and soil but more importantly showcases the business response from members of our Natural Capital Leaders Platform. They look to CISL to help them navigate this myriad of complexity, offering the latest science to inform their leadership decisions.
Eight million tonnes of plastic waste shifts from land to sea every year, new study finds
Around eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world's oceans each year, according to a new study.
Defra report: Waste sector adds nearly £7bn to UK economy
The waste sector added £6.8bn in gross value to the economy in 2013 and supported 103,000 jobs, according to new government figures released on Thursday.
Unilever achieves zero waste to landfill across global manufacturing network
Unilever is now sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from its global factory network of 240 factories in 67 countries, saving more than €200m in waste costs.
Business leaders 'value' transport infrastructure more than waste
Business executives and urban policymakers across the world place more value on transport infrastructure than waste management services, according to a new report from FCC.
MPs urge Government to provide WRAP with 'sufficient funding' to help tackle food waste
A cross-party group of MPs has urged the Government to provide WRAP with 'sufficient public funding' for it to maintain momentum in its food waste reduction programmes.
Circular economy 'could create more than 200,000 jobs' in the UK
The development of a circular economy could create more than 200,000 jobs across the UK by 2030, according to a new study by WRAP and Green Alliance.
L'Oreal aims to improve environmental profile of packaging labels
Cosmetics giant L'Oreal Americas and self-adhesive label firm Avery Dennison are collaborating to identify and reduce the environmental impacts of packaging labels throughout the entire label lifecycle.
Scottish fashion designers encouraged to apply for textile fund to aid circular economy
Textile and fashion designers in Scotland are being encouraged to apply for funding from Zero Waste Scotland to help them reduce textile waste.
Finnish dairy firm claims 'world first' with use of bio-based carton pack
Valio, a Finnish dairy company, has claimed that it has become the first company in the world to sell products to consumers in carton packaging made entirely from plant-based materials.
AD will help keep the UK's lights on, says Huhne
Anaerobic digestion (AD) will help the UK to keep its lights on and provide energy security because it has the ability to supply power that can be easily switched on and off, according to former energy secretary Chris Huhne.
Waste and resource management sector outlines key priorities for next Government
The major trade bodies representing the UK's waste management and recycling sector have written to the main political parties in England summarising the key policy proposals that they would like to see implemented after the May 2015 General Election.
WRAP attains charitable status four months early
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has announced that it has registered as a charity following a successful application to the Charity Commission.
MPs urge food industry to increase surplus redistribution
A cross-party group of MPs has urged the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to set food retailers and manufacturers a target of doubling the proportion of surplus food they redistribute to food assistance providers and other voluntary organisations to help eliminate hunger.
UK heading for waste treatment overcapacity, new report finds
The UK is at risk of having far more incineration capacity than it needs by 2017/18, according to a new report by resource management consultancy Eunomia.
Local authorities urge chewing gum makers to help pay for clean-up costs
Councils have urged chewing gum makers to help pay for the multimillion-pound cost of removing discarded pieces from the streets.
FEAD president urges new Environment Commissioner to back circular economy package
The president of European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, David Palmer-Jones, has written to the new European Commissioner for the environment Karmenu Vella urging him to back the European Commission's circular economy package.
Ann Summers renews recycling contract with Helistrat
Lingerie and sex toy specialist Ann Summers has renewed its recycling and waste contract with Helistrat.
ReFood unveils industry-first food waste scholarship
Food waste recycling specialist ReFood has unveiled the industry's first dedicated scholarship programme to inspire the next generation of sustainable students.
Resource management firm FCC Environment unveils 'mapping the politics of waste' report
Recycling and resource management firm FCC Environment has launched an assessment of how the UK's political landscape might affect the waste and resource agenda over the next five years.
Electrical giants sign green pledge
Global electrical powerhouses including Panasonic, Samsung and LG Electronics are among 50 major players in the electricals sector who have signed up to a new green commitment that focuses on reducing the environmental impact of the products they manufacture.
CIWM and ESA announce new strategic alliance
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) have announced that they will be working together more closely and creating a new independent entity called Resources & Waste UK.
Novelis makes new high-recycled content pledge for beverage can sheet production
Aluminium giant Novelis has announced that all of its aluminium can sheet will be under its high-recycled content brand by 2017.
Resource Association to partner with CIWM and ESA for 2015 conference
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) president John Quinn has announced that the Resource Association will be partnering with CIWM and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) to host its annual conference next year.
Zero Waste Scotland launches new funding scheme to improve recycling quality
Zero Waste Scotland has unveiled a new £90,000 capital grant fund for materials recovery facility (MRF) operators to purchase standardised testing equipment enabling them to effectively test, monitor and record their material quality.
Committee on Climate Change chair urges UK-EU co-operation on environment
Former Environment Minister and Committee on Climate Change chair Lord Deben has said that the UK must work closely with its European neighbours to help protect the environment.
Ahead of the curve: How the circular economy can unlock business value
What is old is new again - but better. The current topic of the circular economy takes familiar concepts like life cycle assessment and closed loop and brings them together in an integrated way not seen before.
Government rejects parliamentary committee's call to ban food waste from landfill
The Government has rejected calls, made by the Environmental Audit Committee, to require new products to be recyclable and to ban food waste going to landfill to help stimulate the circular economy.
Carbon Trust and WRAP team up to deliver resource efficiency support for Welsh firms
WRAP Cymru and the Carbon Trust have announced that they are to work in partnership to help Welsh businesses and public sector organisations to become more resource efficient.
Resource management firms join Zero Waste Scotland's Sector Commitment
Glasgow Computer Recycling and Barr Environmental have become the latest companies to sign up for Zero Waste Scotland's Resource Sector Commitment.
Brits prevent food waste to save money, new survey finds
UK householders are changing their eating habits and preventing food waste due to financial pressures, according to a new survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
CIWM: EFRA report 'could have gone further'
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has welcomed the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's (EFRA) waste management report, but also said its recommendations could have gone further.
Defra slammed for 'stepping back' from waste
Defra has been slammed for "stepping back" from waste and needs to show strong leadership in order to improve England's recycling rate, a cross-party committee of MPs has said.
Resource management industry gives thumbs up to circular economy, new report finds
The resource management sector has embraced the circular economy and is positive about the financial and environmental opportunities it offers, according to a new report.
Sainsbury's to stop Nectar points for bag reuse
Retail giant Sainsbury's has announced that it will stop rewarding shoppers with Nectar points for every bag they reuse from April next year, as part of wider changes to its loyalty programme.
Carrier bag charge: In numbers
On Monday (20 October), Scotland will introduce its levy on single-use carrier bags (SUCB), meaning they can no longer be given away free of charge. To help explain the facts and figures surrounding the levy, edie has compiled a list of carrier bag sustainability statistics.
FCC Environmental US division sold for €70m
Leading waste management firm FCC Environmental has today (17 October) announced it is selling its division in the US to cleaning and waste management firm Heritage-Crystal Clean.
New energy-from-waste plant hits Exeter
Devon County Council has opened a new energy-from-waste facility which will generate renewable energy from 60,000 tonnes of household waste in Exeter and surrounding areas.
Councils improve recycling rates by adopting reward schemes, new study finds
Local authorities that introduce recycling incentives for households tend to have higher recycling rates than those that offer compulsory recycling systems, according to new research.
WRAP chief praises Wales' green achievements
Wales is leading the green agenda and is on track to secure a resource efficient future, according to WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin.
Demolition firm and waste management specialist team up to recycle dismantled tower blocks in Nottingham
Reclamation specialist Total Reclaims and waste management firm Wastecycle have worked together to reuse and recycle around 30,000 tonnes of material left over from a demolition site, where five tower blocks were bulldozed, in Nottingham.
Pickles reiterates stance on weekly bin collections
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has reiterated his stance on weekly bin collections and claimed that the previous Labour Government ignored the electorate by focusing on fortnightly collections.
Big brands team up with Recoup to launch new plastics recycling campaign
Big brands such as Coca-Cola Enterprises, Nestlé and retailer Marks & Spencer have partnered up to launch a new plastics recycling campaign called Pledge 4 Plastics.
Lib Dems plan five new laws for a 'greener' Britain
The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, the party announced today.
California lawmakers give green light to plastic bag ban
A ban on single-use plastic bags in California is expected to be signed into law after the states senate passed a bill barring single-use plastic bags from retailers from next July.
PET recycling rates rise in Europe, new report finds
PET is the most recycled plastic material in Europe, according a Brussels-based trade association.
Costa signs up to paper cup recycling scheme
Coffeehouse giant Costa has announced that it has joined a paper cup recycling scheme called Simply Cups.
National Grid's 'T-Pylons' to be made in the UK
Mabey Bridge, a UK manufacturer of tubular structures, has been awarded the first contract to deliver supporting structures for National Grid's new generation of 'T-Pylons', which is smaller than the traditional lattice pylons.