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A landside view of Heathrow. More than 13.5 million coffee cups are used across all of the Airport's terminals every year

Heathrow Airport champions coffee cup recycling in 2018 sustainability update

EXCLUSIVE: Heathrow will recycle all disposable coffee cups that are sold and discarded onsite by the end of the year, the Airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye announced during an edie webinar today (23 April).

The Prime Minister called on other Commonwealth nations to join the fight against plastic pollution, by signing up to a newly-formed Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance

Theresa May outlines plan to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that a consultation will take place later this year to prepare England for a national ban on plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds.

Costa already offers in-store recycling at more than 2,000 of its stores across the UK

Costa aims to lead industry transformation with pledge to recycle half a billion coffee cups

EXCLUSIVE: Costa Coffee's energy & environment manager Oliver Rosevear has said the retailer wants to drive cross-industry collaboration on coffee cup recycling, as it today (18 April) makes a bold commitment to recycle the equivalent of its entire annual sales of takeaway cups – at a financial cost to the business.

National Geographic Partners has vowed to use its photography and journalism to shine a spotlight on ocean plastic waste

Sky and National Geographic join forces in fight against marine plastic pollution

Global broadcasters Sky and National Geographic have teamed up to drive a global media campaign to reduce plastic litter in the ocean.

Waitrose claims the the move will save more than 52 million cups a year

Waitrose to remove disposable coffee cups from stores by autumn

Waitrose has ramped up its efforts to tackle plastic waste with a pledge to remove all disposable coffee cups from its shops before the end of 2018.

Globally around 8m tonnes of plastics enters the marine environment every year

Drop in plastic bags littering British seas linked to introduction of 5p charge

A big drop in plastic bags found in the seas around Britain has been credited to the introduction of charges for plastic bags across Europe.

Around 600,000 straws will be converted to home compostable material as a result

Waitrose builds on plastics pledge by switching to paper straws in cafes

Waitrose has revealed it will build on a commitment to stop selling packs of single-use plastics straws later this year, by replacing all plastic straws used in its onsite cafes with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper alternatives.

The bottles will be 100% recyclable and sourced in the UK

Co-op unveils 50% recycled plastic bottles for own-brand water

The Cop-op has announced that all of its own-brand water bottles will be switched to contain 50% recycled plastic, as part of a plan to "test the water" on how shoppers will react to a change in design.

Annually, more than 60,000 tonnes of used glass bottles and jars – which could otherwise end up in landfill or littered, will be reused and transformed

In Practice: The 'world-first' closed-loop glass recycling facility

Knauf Insulation's aim to ensure that recycled contents are embedded into the products it manufactures has seen the company strike a long-term partnership with waste specialists Veolia to create a closed-loop system for glass waste.

McDonald’s joins the likes of Waitrose, London City Airport, Hotel du Vin and Costa in agreeing to phase-out plastic straw use

McDonald's unveils plan to phase-out plastic straws

McDonald's will start phasing out plastic straws from UK restaurants from May, with the fast food giant ready to trial paper and biodegradable alternatives in response to consumer demand.

FareShare says it has the capacity – and a waiting list of charities wanting help – but needs access to more food

Charity calls for £15m fund to tackle UK hunger by preventing food waste

The government is being urged to introduce a £15m fund to tackle hunger by preventing food which could be eaten from going straight into landfill, animal feed or anaerobic digestion.

edie has spoken with leading figures from the UK's waste and resource management industry to hear their thoughts on the Government's deposit return scheme proposals

'Unanswered questions': Green community reacts to the UK's deposit return scheme plans

With the headlines dominated by the Government's proposals for a national deposit return scheme, edie has enlisted the insights of industry experts to gauge their thoughts on whether the move will boost the UK's resource efficiency prospects.

Businesses will be responsible for ensuring a bottle is effectively recycled once a bottle is returned

Government unveils vision for national deposit return scheme

The Government will aim to crack down on plastic pollution with a deposit return scheme in England for single-use drinks containers.

A NextGen Cup Challenge will offer accelerator grants to start-ups that have prototypes for compostable or recyclable cups

Starbucks pledges £7m to develop coffee cup solutions

Starbucks has declared a "moon shot for sustainability" by unveiling a £7m funding challenge to develop recyclable and compostable coffee cups, as well as agreeing to new "bean to cup" traceability technology to improve sourcing practices.

In 2017, Ocado redistributed 2,200 tonnes of food across the UK by working with food banks and charities

Ocado publishes near-zero food waste figures

Online supermarket Ocado has published near-zero food waste figures, believed to be the lowest in the industry.

Mike Coupe has led Sainsbury's through its commitment to reduce volumes of own packaging by 50% by 2020

Plastic packaging a 'policy failure', claims Sainsbury's boss

Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe says Britain's plastic waste crisis has been exacerbated by a "failure of public policy" and is calling for a more unified approach to recycling.

Patel suggests that packagers, retailers and waste management organisations should work holistically to develop a singular brief for packaging

Are businesses thinking about the SDGs when targeting plastics?

The recent wave of pledges against single-use plastic could lead to unintended consequences due to a lack of cross-sector alignment that is failing to examine the role of packaging in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A YouGov survey found that almost half (47%) of the public would be willing to hold onto their cup for longer if they knew they would pass a purpose-built bin

West End rolls out mobile coffee cup recycling points

Westminster street sweepers will become mobile coffee cup recycling points in a new scheme aimed at driving resource efficiency in the capital.

The one million target forms part of a wider collaborative commitment from Parley to “make eco innovation the new industry standard”

Adidas sold one million pairs of ocean plastic trainers in 2017

Sportswear giant Adidas has revealed that it sold more than one million pairs of trainers made from 95% ocean plastic last year.

Scientists used Nile red dye to fluoresce particles in the water – the dye tends to stick to the surface of plastics but not most natural materials

Microplastics found in more than 90% of bottled water, study says

A new analysis of some of the world's most popular bottled water brands says more than 90% contain tiny pieces of plastic.

Ferguson also chairs the Rationalisation of Packaging Working Group, instituted by WRAP, aimed at improving recycling

Financial incentives for recyclability the way forward, says Co-op

A fiscal system that rewards recyclability and labelling, coupled with reducing the range of polymers available for use, would enable retailers and waste management firms to better tackle the rise of plastics pollution, according to the Co-op's environment manager Iain Ferguson.

The proximity of the new facility to Knauf Insulation’s manufacturing plant, which sits next door, means that around 375,000 miles of road journeys will be saved

Veolia opens 'world-first' closed-loop glass recycling facility

A new £10m high-tech recycling facility which turns glass into insulation has been hailed as a "real boost" for the UK's circular economy.

Lidl UK joins the likes of Tesco, Co-op, Iceland and Aldi in publicly backing a deposit return scheme for plastic containers

Lidl UK exploring deposit return scheme as part of plastic waste commitment

Lidl UK has today (9 March) unveiled a package of new commitments to reduce plastic waste, including plans to remove all single-use plastic bags, reduce the quantity of plastic packaging by one-fifth and consider a deposit return scheme for plastic containers.

The Government dismissed proposals for an outright ban on all disposable cups by 2023, should all else other measures fail

'Warm words, no action': Government rejects 25p 'latte levy' proposal

MPs have criticised the Government's refusal to introduce a 25p levy on all disposable cups, with ministers accused of providing "warm words but no real action".

Aldi has signed up to a new cross-sector initiative from WRAP aimed at transforming the UK's plastics system

Aldi unveils sweeping measures to slash plastics waste

Discount chain Aldi will scrap 5p carrier bags by the end of this year and ensure all packaging on its own-label is reusable, recyclable or compostable before 2022.

Researchers claim the UK may have failed to meet its EU plastic packaging recycling targets in each year from 2008-12

Report: UK overestimates plastics recycling by one-third

The UK is significantly underestimating the amount of plastics packaging waste produced across the country, according to new research.

Large crowds gathered as representatives from Iceland, Co-op, Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Coca-Cola participated in a panel discussion on the topic of plastic waste

The big plastics debate: Industry must be fearless in zero-waste pursuit, Iceland claims

Iceland said it would not be afraid to make mistakes when tackling the issue of plastics waste, during a unique panel debate also featuring Co-op, Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Coca-Cola.

The new-style Lego elements are made from polyethylene – a soft, durable and flexible plastic that can now be made with ethanol extracted from sugar cane material

First plant-based plastic Lego pieces to go on sale

The first Lego pieces made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugar cane will go on sale this year, the company has announced.

All materials used by Harrogate are recyclable and the company runs zero-waste-to-landfill operations

Harrogate Water bottles to contain 50% recycled content

Britain's oldest water brand, Harrogate Water, has stepped up its plastic efforts with the announcement that all products will contain 50% recycled content from April 2018.

The Voluntary and Economic Incentives working group will report to ministers “shortly” with findings from a call to evidence on a deposit scheme

Government 'dragging its feet' over deposit return scheme for plastics, MPs claim

The UK Government is exploring how changes to packaging producer responsibilities and a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and containers would be implemented in the UK, but the lack of action has been described as "unacceptable" by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).

Starbucks has offered customers a £1 reusable cup since 2014, but is now adding the 5p charge to any paper cup purchases to drive further action

Starbucks trials 5p paper cup charge

Starbucks has today (26 February) announced a 5p surcharge trial on paper cups in select London stores in a bid to help reduce waste and encourage the uptake of reusable cups.

There is a very real chance that England, Scotland and Northern Ireland could fail to meet a targeted 50% recycling rate for 2020

Plastics and packaging: The UK's 'waste mountain' in charts

Eighteen environmental groups have urged the UK Government to deal with a growing "packaging waste mountain" by setting legally binding targets, following new waste and recycling figures published by Defra. Here, edie provides a snapshot of the UK's "waste mountain".

The Government last month unveiled its 25-Year Environment Plan, which pledges to eliminate all

MPs query Government's delay on plastics tax consultation

MPs have questioned the whereabouts of a consultation on single-use plastics first proposed by the Chancellor in last year's Autumn Budget.

Estimates suggest that around one million plastic bottles are used annually at Glastonbury

Glastonbury Festival to ban water bottles from 2019

Glastonbury Festival is undergoing an "enormous project" to create a site-wide ban on plastic water bottles when it returns in 2019.

A total of 40 MPs have also pledged to give up plastics for Lent, including minister of state for energy and clean growth Clair Perry

Church of England and ClientEarth give up plastics for Lent

The Church of England has provided worshippers with a calendar of tips to avoid using single-use plastic during Lent, with MPs and environmental law firm ClientEarth also agreeing to the pledge.

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has expressed disappointment that the report “overlooked” the benefits of EfW, while failing to provide any alternative solutions

London Assembly: Energy-from-Waste a 'last resort' option

A report which claims that London should seek to limit the amount of materials it sends to Energy-from-Waste (EfW) has been met by a mixed response from members of the sustainability community.

The campaign will encourage parents to donate surplus clothes to one of 42 participating Mothercare stores. Image: Hubbub

Mothercare and Hubbub expand baby clothing redistribution scheme nationwide

A pilot between environmental charity Hubbub and Mothercare to redistribute baby clothing is being expanded nationwide, after more than 20,000 items of clothing were allocated to around 2,000 families last year.

Campaigners are calling for the big supermarket chains to go one step further by introducing a plastic free-aisle

Morrisons follows rivals in pledge to phase out single-use plastic bags

Morrisons has become the last of the big four UK supermarket chains to commit to remove 5p single-use plastic carrier bags from its stores.

More than 100 MPs have pledged to reduce their own reliance on single-use plastic and encourage their local constituencies to follow

Michael Gove spearheads MP group pledging to plastics phase-out

More than 100 MPs, including Environment Secretary Michael Gove, have pledged to reduce single-use plastic consumption within their local constituencies, after committing to Sky Ocean Rescue's #PassOnPlastic pledge.

Asda was among leading retailers which refused to reveal the exact amount of waste they trigger, saying the information was “commercially sensitive”

Asda joins wave of supermarkets pledging to cut plastic waste

Asda has become the latest supermarket to join the war against plastic by pledging to reduce it "wherever" it can, including slashing the amount in its own-brand packaging by 10% in the next 12 months.

Some of the onsite outlets at the airport have already removed plastic straws

London City Airport implements plastic straw ban

London City Airport has become the first airport in the UK to place an outright ban on plastic straws across food and drink outlets on its premises, instead obliging outlets to use biodegradable straws available on request.

The UK recycles just 38% of its plastic packaging, while it ships more than 2.7 million tonnes of plastic waste to China every year

Plastics now a 'competitive issue' for business, CIWM chief warns

EXCLUSIVE: Eliminating unnecessary uses of plastic from production and supply chains is quickly becoming a "competitive issue" for businesses, with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management's (CIWM) chief executive Dr Colin Church urging companies not to wait for legislation.

Under the Champions 12.3 initiative, Aldi will work with WRAP to engage its suppliers and logistic providers

Aldi pledges to halve food waste by 2030

The UK's fastest growing supermarket Aldi has pledged to reduce its operational food waste by 50% by 2030, after joining the Champions 12.3 coalition.

The new method uses heat sealing bags which eliminate the need for the widely-used plastic seal

Co-op goes plastic free for own-brand teabags

In the latest example of business attempting to combat plastic pollution, the Co-op has become the first retailer to develop a fully-biodegradable paper tea bag - removing all uses of polypropylene plastic as a result.

The Refill scheme now has more than 1,600 refill stations in 13 towns and cities in England

Water firms back national scheme to cut plastic bottle use

The water industry has launched a national scheme today (25 January) to cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year, while increasing the availability of free drinking water.

The UK’s own environment officials estimated that meeting ambitious recycling targets would bring benefits totalling billions of pounds

UK opposes strong EU recycling targets despite plastics pledge

The UK government is opposing strong new recycling targets across the EU despite its recent pledge to develop "ambitious new future targets and milestones", confidential documents have revealed.

In Davos, Dame Ellen MacArthur has announced the winners of the New Plastics Initiative which challenges innovators and business to find solutions to the scourge of plastics waste

Circular economy takes centre stage at Davos

Plastic waste is high on the agenda in Davos this week, with a host of corporate giants including L'Oréal, Mars and Unilever making commitments on their approach to packaging.

The UK ships more than 2.7 million tonnes of plastic waste to China, and 3.7 million tonnes of paper waste every year

Could China's import ban create a step change for UK recycling?

China's ban on the import of plastic and mixed paper waste raised fears that the UK would be plagued by mountains of waste, but amidst the hysteria the industry has been given the ideal platform to overhaul current recycling standards.

Currently, Evian ensures that its bottles are 100% recyclable and that they contain, on average, 25% recycled plastic

Evian aims for 100% recycled plastic bottles by 2025

French bottled water company Evian is the latest in a long line of brands to signal its intention to steer away from plastic waste, after announcing plans to produce bottles made from 100% recycled plastic by 2025.

The two companies join retailer Iceland in committing to tackle the growing issue of plastic waste

McDonald's and Waitrose lead business charge against plastic waste

Fast food giant McDonald's and UK retailer Waitrose are the latest companies to publicly announce plans to tackle the growing issue of plastic waste, with McDonald's setting a 2025 commitment to boost the recyclability of its packaging and Waitrose reaffirming its packaging commitments that it made in 2017.

In addition to incentivising recycling, the Commission will instead pump money into initiatives that use raw materials other than oil

EU maps out plastics vision in new strategy

The European Commission presented on Tuesday (16 January) its eagerly anticipated strategy on how the EU intends to approach plastic production and pollution over the next decade and beyond.

Retail competitors are being urged to follow Iceland's lead

Iceland pledges to remove plastic from own-brand packaging by 2023

Frozen food giant Iceland has committed to become the world's first major retailer to remove plastic packaging from its own brand products by 2023.

Disposable cups cannot be recycled by normal systems because they are made from cardboard with a tightly bonded polyethylene liner, which is difficult to remove

UK retailers see rise in sales of reusable coffee cups

Sales of reusable coffee cups are soaring in the UK, retailers are reporting, as the government hints at a tax on disposable cups.

Campaigners believe the move to eliminate plastic-stemmed cotton buds will cut Scotland's marine plastic pollution by half

Scotland pledges to ban plastic cotton buds

Scotland has unveiled plans to become the first UK country to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic stemmed cotton buds, in its latest bid to tackle marine plastics pollution.

edie has rounded up seven key measures in the 25-year Environment Plan that will likely have a big impact on the operations of the green business community

25-year Environment Plan: Seven key talking points for sustainability professionals

With the dust settled on the launch of the Government's plan to improve the environment over a generation, edie has taken a look at seven key measures that could have the biggest impact on those in the sustainability and energy management community.

More than 78% of the packaging on all Tesco-branded products is recyclable Image: Tesco

Tesco supports deposit return scheme for plastic packaging

Following Theresa May's declaration that all avoidable plastic waste will be eliminated in the next 25 years, UK supermarket retailer Tesco has announced its support for a "cost-effective" deposit return scheme on packaging.

edie provides a full round-up of the green business reaction to the Government's 25-year Environment Plan

25-year Environment Plan: Green business reaction

The Government has set out how it intends to enhance the UK's environment by creating richer habitats for wildlife, improving air and water quality and "curbing the scourge of plastic" in the world's oceans. But how have members of the green community reacted?

Contrary to national media reports, the document will not include proposals for a plastic bottle deposit scheme

War on plastic waste to play central role in UK's 25-year Environment Plan

The Government will today unveil its plans to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042, with proposals to include an extension of the 5p plastic bag charge and a tax on containers such as takeaway boxes.

The 25-year Environment Plan includes pledges to eliminate avoidable waste and introduce new safeguards for wildlife

25-year Environment Plan: UK unveils long-term strategy for 'greener future'

Theresa May has today outlined a vision for a "cleaner, greener Britain", unveiling the long-awaited 25-year Environment Plan which pledges to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste by the end of 2042.

Dell believes the closed-loop process can support the creation of millions of new motherboards over the next 12 months

Dell targets e-waste with recycled gold initiative

Fresh from incorporating ocean plastics into products, technology firm Dell has announced an industry pilot aimed at using recycled gold from discarded electronics in new computer motherboards.

It is estimated that between 80,000 and 219,000 tonnes of microplastics enter the marine environment across Europe per year

'More needs to be done' as microbeads ban comes into force

A ban on the manufacture of certain products containing plastic microbeads has today (9 January) entered into force, although MPs and green groups have reiterated that more action is needed to tackle the global problem of plastic waste.

Starbucks already offers discounts for customers that bring reusable cups into stores, with the chain revealing that this promotion had led to a 1.7% increase in reusable cup purchases

Starbucks trials 5p charge on disposable cups

In response to a group of MPs calling for a 25p 'latte levy' on disposable paper coffee cups, Starbucks has revealed that it will trial a 5p charge across select London stores.

H&M has a goal in place to source 100% recycled or sustainable materials by 2030

H&M launches sportswear range made from recycled polyester

Clothing giant H&M has unveiled a new sportswear collection for women that is predominately made from recycled polyester, bringing the company closer to its goal of becoming truly circular by 2030.

The report calls on retailers to take more responsibility by not only enforcing a 25p levy on disposable cups, but also encouraging “a culture of using a reusable cup wherever possible”

Latte levy: MPs call for systems overhaul to recycle all disposable coffee cups

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has called for all single-use coffee cups to be recycled by 2023, as a new report claims there is "no excuse" for the UK Government's reluctance to address coffee cup waste and that voluntary approaches from retailers are "not working".

Pret A Manger has been working with companies such as Simply Cups and A Short Walk to introduce recyclable and renewable packaging for its coffee cups

Pret A Manger doubles reusable coffee cup discount

Pret A Manger has doubled its discount for customers who bring reusable cups into stores to 50p, in an effort aimed at reducing the amount of paper coffee cups that are discarded as waste.

MPs urge ministers to phase in a mandated 50% recycled content in plastic bottles by 2023

MPs back plastic bottle deposit return scheme

The Environment Audit Committee (EAC) has today (22 December) urged the Government to launch a nationwide plastic bottle deposit return scheme and improve producer responsibility obligations.

There will need to be a 40% increase in recycling in flats if the Mayor’s recycling target is to be met, it is claimed

London urged to address 'laughable' recycling rates

The London Assembly has called on Sadiq Khan to take a lead in increasing the capital's recycling rates, as damning figures highlight the sheer scale of the problem.

The report encourages Member States to develop pricing mechanisms that support material reuse

Long-term policies can help business capture €324bn circular economy opportunity

A new report has called on European Union (EU) institutions to promote resource efficiency beyond the completion of the Circular Economy Package, by learning from best practice scenarios that could add €324bn to the EU's economy by 2030.

More than eight in 10 people on Earth are covered by broadband signal and the population of 7.4 billion has 7.7 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions

Global e-waste climbs 8% in two years, but disposal discrepancies remain

More than 44 million metric tonnes of electronic waste were generated in 2016, but only 20% has been documented as being collected and recycled, a new report launched today (13 December) has found.

Starbucks is working with Pentatonic to turn post-consumer plastic waste and coffee cups into furniture

Starbucks targets a plastics circular economy to drive waste management

EXCLUSIVE: There is no "competitive leverage" to be gained by failing to work with rival brands to tackle ongoing waste issues regarding paper coffee cups and the wider use of plastics, Starbuck's vice president of corporate affairs Simon Redfern has claimed.

Companies are invited to sign up to the initiative, and in doing so will commit to reducing plastic use across operations and supply chains. Image: Dell

Dell spearheads global initiative to combat ocean plastics

Technology giant Dell is forming a collaborative initiative alongside General Motors and Interface to create the world's first commercial-scale supply chain for ocean-bound plastics, before they seep into waterways.

Around £13bn of food is wasted in the UK, but only 17% of edible surplus food is currently being redistributed. Image: Nestle

Nestlé to redistribute site-level food waste set aside for animal feed

A new initiative from Nestlé and food redistribution organisation Company Shop could increase the amount of food redistributed from UK operations by two million meals annually, by using site assessments to reduce waste at its source.

Through the network, communal fridges are filled with surplus food from local businesses for surrounding communities to access free of charge

Hubbub's Community Fridge Network secures funding for national expansion

Environmental charity Hubbub's Community Fridge project to reduce the amount of food waste generated in the UK looks set for a national expansion, after the charity secured £160,000 in National Lottery funding.

In 2016, China imported 7.3m tonnes of waste plastics from developed countries including the UK, the US and Japan

Chinese ban on plastic waste imports could see UK pollution rise

A ban on imports of millions of tonnes of plastic waste by the Chinese government from January could see an end to collection of some plastic in the UK and increase the risk of environmental pollution, according to key figures in the industry.

Research from WRAP found that food and drink waste is costing manufacturers £1.9bn annually

WRAP names new Courtauld 2025 signatories as focus shifts to consumer waste

WRAP has announced the names of the 24 new signatories to its flagship Courtauld Commitment 2025 to boost sustainability in the food and drink sector, with a first-year review outlining plans to tackle consumer food waste in 2018.

African governments are working with the World Economic Forum and the EU to launch the African Alliance on Circular Economy

Are developing nations the ideal testing ground for circular economy practices?

As UN ministers look set to create a taskforce to eradicate the 'ocean Armageddon' of plastic waste and foster growth of closed-loop systems, a new Chatham House briefing paper suggests that the circular economy would enable developing nations to "leapfrog" to more sustainable frameworks.

Some argue that recycling rates have stalled in part because of EU targets which are based on weight rather than the value of resources being captured

Household recycling rates stagnate with UK set to miss 2020 target

Experts are warning that the UK will miss out on its 2020 target for household recycling as the latest figures show that current rates in England have stagnated at under 45%.

The renewables and waste sectors are seen as critical parts of the UK's low-carbon transition

Waste and renewables sectors call on UK to realise integrated energy system opportunity

Fulfiling the "significant opportunity" offered by the integration of readily available low-carbon technologies across the UK's energy system will require greater collaboration between the public and private sector.

Companies in France are forced to include data on food waste in their CSR reports

France tops global food sustainability index

France has topped the rankings of an index which compares major countries on their actions to deliver food sustainability, thanks to its robust approach on food waste and agriculture.

The Blue Planet 2 team found plastic everywhere they filmed

Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

The world's oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough. The seas are a vital part of the global ecosystem, leaving the future of all life on Earth dependent on humanity's actions, he says.

The Felix Project recently launched its Help a Hungry Child campaign – which works with primary schools to divert excess food to vulnerable families

Renault's electric van to lower operational costs for London food redistribution charity

Efforts to reduce food waste across London will now also combat the city's rising air pollution levels, after Renault UK agreed to provide an electric van to a charity food redistribution scheme.

Malmaison is the latest hospitality firm taking action to tackle the problem of global plastic pollution

Malmaison and Hotel du Vin to stop serving plastic straws

Malmaison and Hotel du Vin, the collection of boutique hotels, has announced it will stop serving plastic straws as a way to reduce waste across its 33 hotels.

The report warns that without action, five million UK households will see their waste sent to landfill instead of used to boost the country’s energy supply

Six million tonnes of waste could be 'left without a home' by 2030

The UK is likely to be left six million tonnes short of waste treatment capacity by 2030, according to a stark report which lays bare the "critical lack" of infrastructure to treat the nation's waste.

Deposit return schemes are seen by campaigners as an effective tool to significantly reduce littering and increase recycling of bottles

Co-op and Iceland back national plastic bottle deposit return scheme

Supermarket giants Iceland and the Co-op have given their backing to the introduction of a nationwide bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) to help reduce plastic pollution.

A Wrap survey found that changes to packaging and labelling could help avoid around 350,000 tonnes of food waste each year, saving consumers an estimated £1bn

Wrap launches new industry guidelines for food date labels

Waste agency Wrap has today (29 November) unveiled a new date label guidance for food manufacturers and retailers to help tackle the amount of edible food discarded in UK homes.

The energy park on the south bank will convert residual ash left over from burning waste into construction materials for London’s homes and roads

New waste-to-energy park could power 10% of London homes

A London-based waste firm has revealed plans to build a £500m low-carbon energy park which could help power up to 10% of London's households by converting residual waste into green electricity.

British papermaker James Cropper has invented what it claims is “the world’s first upcycling process” for used disposable paper cups

In practice: James Cropper's upcycling solution for the coffee cup conundrum

Ahead of edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Awards in January, edie is taking a closer look at some of the projects initiatives that have been deemed worthy of a finalist position by our expert judges. First up: James Cropper's upcycling system for paper cups.

Some experts have outlined scepticism about the effectiveness of taxation as a way to drive change on plastic waste

Would a plastic tax help the UK become a world leader in resource efficiency?

A major talking point of yesterday's Autumn Budget was the Chancellor's decision to consult on the use of a tax for plastic packaging. But what are the realistic chances of the measure proving a success for both the environment and taxpayer?

Separate figures uncovered by the Lib Dems have revealed the House of Commons itself is also failing to get to grips with disposable cup waste, using almost 4m disposable cups in the past five years

UK environment department using 1,400 disposable coffee cups a day

More than 2.5m disposable cups have been purchased by the UK's environment department for use in its restaurants and cafes over the past five years - equivalent to nearly 1,400 a day.

The plastic offset scheme works with partners such as the Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) to calculate and certify plastic purchases and consumption

Blockchain start-up unveils plastic offset scheme

A technology start-up has launched a new initiative for companies and families to calculate and offset annual "plastic footprints" by purchasing credits that support global projects that tackle plastic pollution.

From the 12,300 products remanufactured last year, Norsk Ombruk generated benefits totalling €9.4m

Test-bed: Driving economic growth through a remanufacturing business model

Norwegian firm Norsk Ombruk has developed an innovative business model that remanufactures kitchen and bathroom equipment to offer high-performing electronic equipment at half the cost, all while driving the economy for resource-efficient practices.

Householders are advised to store their potatoes in a dark, cool, well-ventilated place to reduce sprouting

Nearly half of all fresh potatoes thrown away daily by UK households

Nearly half of the edible fresh potatoes bought by UK householders each day are thrown away - nearly 2.7 million of them per day, and at a "staggering" annual cost of £230m, figures show.

Hubbub claims that Poly-Mer is the world’s first boat made from 99% recycled plastic waste

Boat made from 99% recycled plastic to tackle waste along London's waterways

A boat made from recycled plastic waste will take its maiden voyage from London's Canary Wharf Docks today (2 November) as part of an awareness raising campaign about the rising levels of plastic pollution in British waterways.

P&G claims to have increased the number of manufacturing sites that deliver zero-waste-to-landfill by 17%

P&G closes in on zero-waste and renewables targets

The Procter & Gamble (P&G) company has nearly doubled its renewable energy consumption in the past year thanks to a new $200m biomass facility, the consumer goods firm's latest citizenship report has revealed.

It’s Fresh found that across the UK, a staggering 92% of 18-24 year olds throw away fruit and veg each week, which is 17% more than the UK average (75%)

London has most food waste offenders in UK, survey shows

London residents are the biggest culprits of throwing away fruit and vegetables in the UK, according to a new study.

100 Victoria Street achieved BREEAM Outstanding and WELL Silver certification

In practice: Landsec's BREEAM Outstanding headquarters designed to WELL standards

As more companies look to create the right work environments for staff wellbeing, Landsec created the UK's largest fully WELL Certified space for staff health, which also achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

This year, UK consumers look set to spend £510m on Halloween costumes

Waste organisations prepare to tackle a horror show on Halloween

Halloween weekend is upon us, and whether people plan on carving Pennywise the Clown into pumpkins or go trick or treating as Donald Trump, the waste sector is gearing up for its own modern-day horror story.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018 shortlist revealed!

After a record-breaking number of entries, the judging panel has met, the decisions have been made and edie is proud to reveal the finalists for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards.

Satsumas and other easy-peelers, as well as oranges, initially grow as a green fruit but turn orange as nights cool

Tesco stocks green satsumas in drive to reduce food waste

Tesco has started selling "green" satsumas and clementines after relaxing its quality specifications in its latest attempt to reduce food waste.

Internal market protections prevent the need for national reduction quotas or national bans for certain packaging types, actions which industry figures say would create trade barriers in the EU

EU packaging single market erosion risks opening 'Pandora's Box' of national regulations

Ahead of negotiations to finalise the revision of EU packaging waste legislation, the European packaging industry is calling for the free movement of packaged goods to be safeguarded.


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