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Environment Agency calls for collaborative crackdown on waste crime

The Environmental Services Association (ESA), and the Environment Agency (EA) have agreed to a new public-private collaborative approach to target illegal waste sites and improve the technical competence of the waste sector.

Top tips to achieve supply chain sustainability

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edie explains: ISO 20400

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MEPs in Brussels voted to restore the lowered targets to the level of the original proposal

MEPs bolster EU recycling and landfill targets

Members of the European Parliament's Environment Committee yesterday (24 January) moved to increase draft EU recycling and landfill targets that had been lowered by the European Commission in its re-tabled Circular Economy Package.

Final figures for 2015-16 show that Wales is recycling double the waste it did a decade ago and is exceeding the current statutory recycling target of 58%

Wales doubles recycling rates in 10 years

Wales continues to lead the UK on waste management as new recycling figures for this year reveal that the country has doubled the amount of waste it has recycled over the past decade.

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 04 - Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer

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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.

Over the span of 12 years Wales has reduced the amount of resources it was sending to landfill by over 1.1 million tonnes, saving over £83m in Landfill Tax alone

£80m saved as Wales' recycling rates continue to rise

Latest figures show that Wales' recycling and composting rate for the past year has reached 56% - a 2% climb from 2013.

Every year, the UK throws away seven million tonnes of food, and millions more tonnes of electrical goods

UK opposes new EU waste recycling targets in leaked paper

The UK has rubbished the idea of Europe setting new targets for recycling, despite warnings from the EU's environment commissioner that such measures should be non-negotiable.

After 35 years of service, Ardley landfill site in Oxfordshire will no longer be accepting non-hazardous waste

Landfill closures promote waste as resource

Waste management firm Viridor has hailed the closure of two landfill sites as the "end of an era" as non-recyclable waste is instead being transformed into energy.

Sustainability Matter: Consumer research report

Consumers have always bought from brands they trust. But new research shows buyer loyalty is no longer just about confidence in product or service quality – it’s about trust in a company’s approach to the environment.

The paper industry has expressed shock and sadness at the news of the closure of the Aylesford Newsprint mill

Aylesford Newsprint goes into administration

Aylesford Newsprint, a paper manufacturer which specialises in recycling paper for reuse as newsprint, has gone into administration.

Reducing food waste could save the global economy up to £194bn a year, according to a UK report

World leaders urged to tackle food waste to save billions and cut emissions

Governments across the world should make reducing food waste an urgent priority in order to save as much as £194bn annually by 2030, according to a report.

The London Assembly Environment Committee is urging local authorities in Greater London to implement separate food waste collections regardless of property type

Separate collections needed to solve London's food waste crisis

The London Assembly Environment Committee is urging local authorities in Greater London to implement separate food waste collections regardless of property type to improve the overall recycling rates in the capital

Unilver's Anna Owens:

Unilever forms behaviour change partnership to tackle 'shocking' UK recycling rates

Unilever UK is seeking to promote green behaviour beyond its own operations in the form of a new recycling incentivisation partnership.

Zero Waste Scotland wants to show people that second-hand isn't second-best

Zero Waste Scotland urges shoppers to embrace sharing economy

Zero Waste Scotland is bringing the 'sharing economy' concept to Glasgow with a week of activity planned to encourage shoppers to swap and pass on their old goods.

The logistics firm joins a growing list of companies, innovators and regions as a member of Ellen MacArthur's Circular Economy 100

DHL joins Circular Economy 100 to collaborate on reverse logistics

Package delivery behemoth Deutsche Post DHL is turning its focus to improving its logistics models to enable a more circular flow of goods, having being accepted as a Circular Economy 100 (CE100) member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Plastic in the oceans is becoming an environmental issue for marine life

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.

South Downs National Park. Horizontal drilling for shale gas will now be allowed if the well pad is outside of the park

Fracking will be allowed under national parks, MPs decide

Fracking companies will be allowed to drill horizontally under national parks and other protected areas if the wells start just outside their boundaries, after the government rowed back on its earlier acceptance of new environmental protections.

£447.4m of electricity was generated by waste in 2013

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.

(L-R): Shaun Kingsbury (GIB); Matthew Hancock MP; and Nigel Aitchison (Foresight) launched the new £50m fund for UK waste infrastructure at the Birmingham BioPower plant

Green Investment Bank launches £50m fund for UK waste infrastructure

Business Minister Matthew Hancock has unveiled details of a £50m investment from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) into a new fund targeting small-scale recycling and waste management projects across the country.

Unilever ia now sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from its global factory network

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 are more concerned about road and rail infrastructure than waste management services, according to a new report from FCC.

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.

The UK wastes 15m tonnes of food per year. EFRA is urging Government to provide WRAP with funding to help tackle this food waste problem.

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.

WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin says that the circular economy could deliver jobs where they are needed most

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 has pledged to transform its sustainability footprint by 2020

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.

Zero Waste Scotland aims to promote sustainable fashion.

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.

Tetra Rex Bio-based cartons are made from a combination of plastics derived from plants and paperboard

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.

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has criticised the Government for focusing too heavily on meeting European targets

EFRA report response: Government must see waste as opportunity not cost

The waste and resources industry has condemned a 'disappointing' Government response to a report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) which criticised Defra for 'stepping back' from waste.

The fare cut would cost Government about £1.8bn per year

Green Party pledges to cut train and bus fares

In the first announced policy from its forthcoming General Election manifesto, the Green Party has proposed a 10% cut in rail and bus fares "to relieve the national reliance on carbon-intensive forms of transport".

The organisation is also advising businesses to prepare for the next phase of food waste recycling requirements on 1 January 2016

Zero Waste Scotland tells firms to keep recycling

One year since the introduction of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, Zero Waste Scotland has urged businesses to make sure they continue to comply by separating materials for recycling.

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans gives a wry smile to onlookers in European Parliament

European Commission scraps Circular Economy Package, 'more ambitious' proposal awaits

The European Commission has today (16 December) confirmed it is scrapping plans to introduce a Circular Economy Package, instead announcing it will launch a 'broader and more ambitious' waste package next year.

Former energy secretary Chris Huhne says that AD is a dispatchable source of renewable energy

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 industry heavyweights call on Government to establish an Office for Resource Management

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 chief executive Liz Goodwin says that she is

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 call on WRAP to set tougher food redistribution targets for retailers and manufacturers.

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.

Retailers will be challenged to separate their waste into seven different, colour-coded waste streams

Leeds' largest shopping centre tells retailers to 'Make Your Mark' on recycling

Trinity Leeds shopping centre has launched a 'Make Your Mark' recycling campaign to encourage its 120 businesses to implement best practice in waste-management.

The bio-refinery is a green and cost-effective way for companies to dispose of waste and use it to power their own sites

Food group embraces energy-from-waste with major bio-refineries deal

Food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has signed a multi-million-pound contract to have bio-refineries installed at each of its 43 UK factories.

The data reveals a 2.5% reduction in CO2 associated with food and packaging waste

VIDEO: Hospitality industry reaps benefits of reducing food waste

Hotels, restaurants and pubs across the UK have saved more than £10m by together committing to reduce food waste as part of the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA).

Last year, Chancellor George Osborne offered only very brief details on the Government's carbon and energy security plans

Autumn Statement: High hopes but low expectations for green groups

Ahead of the Statement, edie drew up a wishlist of the hopes and expectations of sustainability leaders, industry representatives and green groups.

Over 250 retailers have already registered an interest in Zero Waste Scotland's Carrier Bag Commitment

Scotland launches new carrier bag reporting tool as usage plummets

Retailers signed up to Zero Waste Scotland's Carrier Bag Commitment will now be able to access a new reporting portal that can track how many single-use carrier bags are still being sold and how much revenue is being generated.

Eunomia finds that the UK is at risk of having more residual waste treatment plants than it needs

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.

The LGA points out that the average piece of gum costs about 3p to buy but costs £1.50 to clean up

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 David Palmer-Jones urges Commissioner Vella to keep circular economy package

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.

Helistrat has been working with Ann Summers since 2011

Ann Summers renews recycling contract with Helistrat

Lingerie and sex toy specialist Ann Summers has renewed its recycling and waste contract with Helistrat.

Undergraduates have a chance to get a £5,000 bursary towards their studies under ReFood's scholarship programme.

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.

FCC Environment maps the politics of waste

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.

Electronic giants such as Samsung and Panasonic sign up to new sustainable action plan

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.

Dennis's tenure as ESA director general will finish on 31 December 2014

ESA director general retires after 50 years in waste management sector

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has announced the forthcoming retirement of its director general Barry Dennis after 22 years working with ESA.

ESA chairman David Palmer Jones says that Resources & Waste UK will create a powerful new voice for the resource management industry

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.

P&G takes previously non-recyclable plastic away from landfill

Procter & Gamble's air freshener brand Febreze has partnered with international upcycling and recycling firm TerraCycle for a new recycling scheme to enable previously non-recyclable air and home care products to be recycled for the first time.

Novelis aims to make all of its aluminium can body sheets with 90% recycled content.

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.

If the talks do not produce an agreement, the proposal will have to be rethought and may be scrapped completely

EU Ministers block scheme to cut plastic bag waste

A group of European Union (EU) Member States - including the UK, Romania, Greece, Croatia and Poland - is blocking a European Parliament proposal to reduce plastic bag use by 80% by 2019, despite 92% of Europeans agreeing that measures should be taken to reduce single plastic bag use.

Zero Waste Scotland has pledged to support businesses who want to develop a Circular Economy model

Zero Waste Scotland spotlights benefits of circular economy

Zero Waste Scotland is reiterating its pledge to support firms that want to develop a circular economy business model.

LWARB and WRAP's programme will help London local authorities reach the Mayor of London's 50% recycling target by 2020

LWARB and WRAP ally to help London reach 50% recycling target

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and WRAP will team up to deliver a programme helping London local authorities reach the Mayor of London's 50% recycling target by 2020.

CIWM president John Quinn

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 fund for material recovery facility operators

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.

Lord Deben urges UK to work closely with other European countries to tackle environmental issues such as climate change

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.

The plant will process up to 320,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste per year

Green Investment Bank supports waste innovation with £33m investment

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has given its financial backing to a new waste treatment facility and anaerobic digestion (AD) plant North Yorkshire, which will process up to 320,000 tonnes of waste per year.

The Government has rejected calls to ban food waste from landfill and to lower VAT on recycled products

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.

Information on energy-efficiency measures, such as loft insulation, are available from Resource Efficient Wales

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.

The Scottish Institute of Remanufacture to realise the value of materials like gold and electrical components

New Institute of Remanufacture to drive Scotland's circular economy

Funding of £1.3m has been announced for the Scottish Institute of Remanufacture to realise the value of materials like gold and electrical components harvested from recycled televisions, mobile phones and computers.

(Left to right) Glasgow Computer Recycling's Grant Morgan, Zero Waste Scotland's Iain Gulland and Barr Environmental's Gordon Whiteford

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.

Households are wasting less food by planning meals, being better organised with shopping and making their own lunches, according the FSA report.

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 calls on efra to keep driving home the waste policy message

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.

(L-R): Sue Armstrong-Brown joins the Circular Economy Task Force as Julie Hill moves on to WRAP

Key appointments at Circular Economy Task Force and WRAP

Sue Armstrong-Brown has been appointed as the new chair of the Circular Economy Task Force; taking over from Julie Hill who has become the new chair of WRAP.

MPs call for Defra to show leadership on waste policy to help England meet its 2020 recycling target

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.

The resource management industry views the circular economy in a positive light

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  will stop rewarding shoppers with Nectar points for every bag they reuse from April next year.

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.

Every retailer in Scotland will charge at least 5p for each new carrier bag they give to shoppers.

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's chairman Esther Alcocer and executive vice chairman and CEO Juan Béjar

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.

Energy from waste is the best way to deal with waste which can't be reduced, reused and recycled. Photo: Theo Moye

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.

The carrot approach is twice as effective as the stick in improving dry recycling rates, according to Greenredeem study

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 is aiming to help Wales secure a resource efficient future

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.

Rubble left over from demolition site in Lenton, Nottingham

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.

FEAD outlines a variety of sustainability and waste-management improvements

Five waste disposal reforms to create EU circular economy

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) has published its six-year strategy for achieving a circular economy throughout Europe.

Eric Pickles urges councils to back weekly waste collections

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.

Recoup chief executive Stuart Foster (pictured left) and Resources Management Minister Dan Rogerson (pictured right) launch new plastics recycling campaign

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.

Davey says that the environment has always been a top priority for the Lib Dems

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.

Europe recycled the equivalent of around 65 billion PET bottles in 2013

PET recycling rates rise in Europe, new report finds

PET is the most recycled plastic material in Europe, according a Brussels-based trade association.

Separate recycling bin for glass, paper, cardboard and plastic will be electronically weighed at collection

Pickles announces £5m recycling incentives fund

English councils that only offer fortnightly bin collections are 'short-changing residents with an inferior service' according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles who has today (29 August) launched a £5m recycling fund to reward areas that offer weekly refuse collections.

Coffee giant Costa signs up to paper cup recycling scheme - Simply Cups

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.

SITA chief exec David Palmer-Jones: "By and large, environmental concerns are still too far removed from day-to-day commercial dealing. Neither are they properly costed into the goods or services on offer."

The circular economy needs to find the middle ground

It's clear that UK industry must move away from the old linear model of 'take-make-dispose' and towards a circular economy. But where on that journey is UK plc, and what more needs to be done to drive it forward? SITA chief executive David Palmer-Jones considers things 'in the round'.

Scottish Government aims to take a proactive approach to tackle marine litter.

Scotland unveils strategy to tackle marine litter

The Scottish Government has announced that it has launched a new strategy to tackle marine litter.

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