Welsh Government unveils plans to halve food waste
The Welsh Government intends to launch a consultation to discuss a non-statutory national target to halve food waste by 2025, just one week before annual waste statistics are set to be released.
Hard Brexit a 'disaster scenario' for waste treatment capacity, warns Suez
The UK is faced with a "potential disaster scenario" that could see a Hard Brexit exacerbate a shortfall of waste treatment infrastructure over the next 10 years, waste management firm Suez has warned.
M&S pioneers Neighbourly non-food redistribution scheme
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced it will become social platform Neighbourly's first retail partner to extend its food redistribution scheme to include non-food product donations.
'Lack of political desire' biggest barrier to establishing UK bottle deposit scheme
EXCLUSIVE: The implementation of a deposit scheme for plastic bottles in the UK now hinges on "political desire" rather than technological barriers, the chief executive of solutions provider and reverse vending expert TOMRA has suggested.
UPS logistics service drives resource efficiency for TerraCycle
Recycling experts TerraCycle has diverted more than 40m pounds of waste from landfills since 2012, through a partnership with global customs and logistics firm UPS that has expanded recycling programmes across the globe.
UK waste policy: Burning away recycling ambitions or 'sleepwalking' to capacity crisis?
A report warning that UK waste treatment capacity will exceed the generation of residual waste by 2020 has been labelled as "flawed" by the Environmental Services Association (ESA), which instead claimed that the Government is "sleepwalking" towards an energy-from-waste capacity crisis.
Bottle deposit scheme could catalyse a two-third reduction in plastic marine litter
A deposit scheme for plastic drink containers could reduce one third of UK plastic seeping into the oceans, with four extra actions able to reduce plastic marine litter even further, new analysis from the Green Alliance thinktank has revealed.
Pret A Manger to offer nationwide reusable coffee cup discount
Sandwich shop chain Pret A Manger has announced an extension on its reusable coffee cups discount to all of its UK shops, following a successful three-month trial earlier this year.
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.
Coca-Cola's new communications ad uses 1,500 pieces of recycled plastic
Coca-Cola has turned to stop-motion animation to launch a multi-million pound consumer awareness campaign to highlight the recyclability of its products, marking the first time the global drinks giant has issued a sustainability campaign in the UK.
Hubbub's coffee cup recycling success garners interest from abroad
Community campaigns in Manchester and London to promote the recyclability of high-street paper coffee cups have collected more than 1.2m cups, with the findings set to pass on to Germany and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Interserve updates sustainability targets to account for business growth
Construction firm Interserve has set new sustainability goals for 2020 and 2025 to better reflect the "sheer scale and change" of the business, which has reduced construction waste by a quarter and carbon emissions by almost 20% since 2013.
Carbon footprint of UK clothing on the rise, despite uptake in resales
The carbon footprint of clothing has climbed by 9% since 2012 in the UK, despite the amount of clothing in household residual waste falling by 50,000 tonnes in the same period, although changes to shopping habits could alleviate environmental pressures.
Sainsbury's and Hubbub target food waste through Community Fridge Network
Sainsbury's and electronic appliances company Bosch have partnered with charity Hubbub to stock communal fridges with surplus food from local businesses for surrounding communities to access free of charge.
Plastic pollution risks 'near permanent contamination of natural environment'
Humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes of plastic since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or polluting the world's continents and oceans, according to a new report.
Veolia and GMB clash over 'false' recycling diversion claims
Resource management firm Veolia has labelled accusations from general trade union GMB that the company was deliberately sending recyclable household waste to incinerators as "false and entirely incorrect".
Hanson UK halved waste sent to landfill in 2016
Building materials supplier Hanson UK has halved the amount of waste sent to landfill in the past 12 months, driven by reusing and recycling more than 100,000 tonnes of controlled waste in the production of cement and asphalt.
Coca-Cola bottler vows to 'reform' Britain's recycling system with new packaging strategy
Bottling company Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has today (12 July) unveiled a new packaging strategy for its Great Britain operations, which establishes collaborative partnerships to reform the nation's recycling systems and boost recycled content in its products to 50%.
Leading businesses rally to place circular economy into the office workplace
A host of private sector organisations including Interserve, Lloyds Banking Group and JLL have all backed a new initiative aimed at reducing the estimated £15bn waste costs incurred by the private sector, by championing the circular economy in the workplace.
Circular trailblazers: Mapping the journey to a closed-loop business model
As waste and resource scarcity issues have an increasing impact on supply chains across the world, edie explores how two circular economy leaders - HP and Philips - are continuing to navigate a complex minefield of challenges in their mission to drive a global resource revolution.
Kimberly-Clark struggles with post-consumer waste as it surpasses carbon goal
Personal care consumer product manufacturer Kimberly-Clark has surpassed a 2016 emissions goal, and is forging ahead towards a 20% reduction by 2022, as outlined in the company's latest sustainability report.
Coca-Cola European Partners closing in on 100% renewables target
Multinational bottling company Coca Cola European Partners (CCEP) has almost cut emissions in half over the past six years, as it closes in on a target to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.
Retailer set to become the UK's largest fridge recycler
Online electricals retailer AO looks set to become the UK's largest fridge recycler, after merging with The Recycling Group (TRG) in a move expected to recycle up to 700,000 fridges annually.
Why business should prepare for a chokehold on food security
A report detailing how vulnerable "chokepoints" could threaten global food supply has heightened the need for food retailers to map and promote sustainable food production, with companies like McDonalds applying a "total supply chain approach" to food security.
Co-op urges waste sector to put pressure on retail recycling laggards
Britain's recycling system is suffering from a lack of coherence between the major players in the packaging and waste value chain, The Co-operative Food's environment manager has said.
In practice: Canary Wharf Group's closed-loop Clean Coffee Zone
With the Canary Wharf Estate welcoming almost a million visitors every week, site owner Canary Wharf Group has seized upon an opportunity to ignite a resource revolution. Through the creation of closed-loop 'Clean Coffee Zone', coffee-related waste is now recycled and turned into new resources.
Customers at the heart of sustainable business model transition, says HP
EXCLUSIVE: Hewlett-Packard's (HP) push towards a circular economy and servitisation-based business model has seen the relationship between the IT company and its customers evolve from one based purely on transactions to a point where customer demand is now helping to advance closed-loop initiatives.
Veolia rolls out national in-store coffee cup recycling scheme
Waste management firm Veolia has today (19 June) launched the national rollout of an in-store coffee cup recycling scheme for its customers, as research shows the UK public is overwhelmingly behind efforts to tackle the issue.
Greene King sets zero-waste-to-landfill goal
Greene King has today (19 June) pledged to become the first UK brewer to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill across its estate, with a target date set for 2020.
World Business Council issues call to arms for private sector to tackle food waste
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has issued a rallying call for businesses to address challenges relating to nutrition and sustainable food production, with a specific call for cross-sector collaboration.
Unilever's Sustainable Nutrition Manifesto aims to prove that food shouldn't 'cost the earth'
In a change of pace from the numerous electoral manifestos, Unilever has launched a new agenda that commits to creating "food that tastes good, does good and doesn't cost the earth".
Nespresso highlights recycling disparity between urban and rural areas
UK city dwellers are suffering from a lack of confidence over their ability to recycle, citing confusion and a lack of bin infrastructure as reasons why urban recycling rates are lagging in comparison to suburban and rural areas.
Ikea pilots UK textile take-back scheme
The world's biggest furniture retailer Ikea has launched its first UK-based textile take-back pilot, offering consumers in Cardiff the option to hand in unwanted purchases to be reused, repaired or recycled.
Final Showdown: European nations set to define new era of food waste policy
A trialogue between the European Council, Commission and Parliament commenced today (30 May) to set out the policy frameworks for the next 14 years of European food waste action plans, and campaigners are urging the negotiators to "up their ambition".
Resource efficiency: Should we be socially engineering consumer behaviours?
Businesses must focus on the granularity of consumer needs to drive behaviour change over resource efficiency matters, according to sustainability experts speaking at edie Live this month.
Tesco to trial a phase-out of single-use 5p plastic bags
Shoppers at a handful of Tesco stores in the UK will no longer be able to buy 5p "single-use" plastic carrier bags, in the first such trial by a supermarket.
Longevity or recyclability? Policy shift set to impact e-waste, says techUK
Eco-design is the "unsung" hero of climate action, and a host of new regulatory frameworks could soon create an ideal marketplace for technology businesses that are championing the circular economy.
Ellen MacArthur: Businesses must collaborate to make circular economy mainstream
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses need to adopt a collaborative systems approach to packaging and product design that creates value for the vast amount of plastic that has seeped into the oceans, Dame Ellen MacArthur told edie.
Corona targets marine plastic waste through islands protection pledge
Mexican beer brand Corona has partnered with Parley for the Oceans in a move that will protect 100 islands against rising marine plastic pollution by 2020.
Hubbub and Lucozade launch 'vandetta' against countryside waste
Drinks firm Luzocade Ribena Suntory has teamed up with social charity Hubbub in a behaviour change campaign aimed at encouraging road users to dispose their litter responsibly.
Circular Fibres: Global brands partner to form closed-loop textile project
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has today (11 May) launched an industry-wide initiative to build a new global textile system based on the principles of the circular economy.
CIWM: Circular economy will suffer without Government's helping hand
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses must be given the right tools from Government to take up an "incredibly powerful" role in the UK's resource and waste management system, according to the new chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).
Nespresso launches coffee capsule recycling service in London
Nespresso has this week teamed up the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to recycle consumer aluminium coffee capsules in the local area.
Report: England loses £600m a year on waste crime
England is losing out on £604m a year due to the damage caused by illegal waste operators on the legitimate waste industry, new research has found.
Food waste: Ambitious national reduction target needed, MPs say
A national food waste reduction target and greater transparency from retailers are among the steps required to reduce UK food waste levels, according to a group of MPs who claim the issue is costing the average British citizen £200 per year.
London's Square Mile Challenge on course to recycle 500,000 coffee cups
A joint campaign coordinated by major coffee retailers and business in the London Square Mile is on course to reach its target to recycle half a million coffee cups in the capital in one month.
Sadiq Khan urged to explore plastic bottle return scheme
The London Assembly Environment Committee (LAEC) has called on the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to fulfil his promise of becoming the 'greenest Mayor London has ever had' by exploring the viability of a return scheme for plastic bottles, with a view to a city-wide trial.
Women's Institute urges supermarkets to do more to cut food waste
The Women's Institute is urging supermarkets to do more to help consumers reduce their domestic food waste, after a survey of its own membership revealed widespread confusion about "best before" and "use by" labelling on packaging.
UK's planning system stifling circular economy progress, industry claims
An "outdated" culture within many of Britain's planning authorities is causing punitive delays to new waste management projects and the system must be improved in order to develop more sustainable business models shaped by the circular economy.
How O2's smartphone recycling drive is strengthening its consumer relations
EXCLUSIVE: In a sector dominated by a frequent upgrades business model, mobile operator O2 has tweaked its services to place second-hand devices back into the market and has called on other manufacturers to collaborate to tackle e-waste.
Litter Strategy for England: 'Far-reaching' campaign or 'inadequate life-jacket'?
Businesses and non-profits have welcomed the UK Government's new Litter Strategy for England as a "sustained national behavioural change campaign", although concerns remain over the available budget to facilitate it.
Big businesses unite in Square Mile coffee cup recycling challenge
Major coffee retailers and businesses in the London Square Mile have today (3 April) joined forces to launch a scheme which aims to recycle half a million coffee cups in London this month.
Supplier scheme launches to cut air pollution and boost business prosperity in London's West End
A new supplier scheme has launched across London's West End today (28 March), to save businesses money and improve the local air quality by reducing the number of vehicles entering the area each day.
Mars and Sainsbury's look to packaging to reduce consumer food waste
New technologies and improved dialogue with consumers has seen brands and retailers turn to packaging in order to reduce food waste, although companies still need to dispel myths that packaging is "evil".
The Crown Estate signs up to Circular Economy 100 platform
Property giant The Crown Estate has today (27 March) become the latest corporate member of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), the innovation platform launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate circular economy ambitions.
Are waste management jobs at threat from automation?
As a new report warns that that waste, water and sewage management teams could be replaced by automated technology by 2030, a UK-based company has agreed to supply fuel cells for drones used for supply chain inventory tracking in the logistics sector.
Battle cry: Where should the War on Waste go next?
With edie's month of editorial content tailored to resource efficiency now in full swing, we highlight six areas where the influential 'War on Waste' circular economy campaign series should head next.
British tampons and nappies set to fuel power stations
One of the UK's trickiest waste problems is being tackled by turning the undesirable into the combustible - tampons and incontinence pads are being converted into dry, burnable bales. The new initiative, from a major waste company, compresses the waste into fuel for power stations.
Nine London boroughs selected to champion food waste awareness
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has unveiled the nine London boroughs that will task hospitality and food service businesses and households to reduce food waste, promote sustainable eat and improve recycling of unavoidable waste.
Circular Economy Package: Everything you need to know
In light of the European Parliament's decision to reinforce more ambitious recycling targets within the long-awaited Circular Economy Package, edie takes a detailed look at how the proposed measures could affect businesses, especially in light of the UK's imminent departure from the European Union (EU).
Business encouraged to go 'above and beyond' packaging legislation through new checklist
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Industry Council for research on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) have partnered together to launch a new "sustainability checklist" to help companies optimise their packaging systems.
Report: Tackling food waste offers 'triple win' for businesses to accelerate economic growth
Company efforts to tackled food waste can generate a "triple win" for the economy, food security and the environment while also generating financial returns of around $14 for every $1 spent on mitigation.
UK litter set for Spring clean as fly-tipping woes emerge
Ahead of Keep Britain Tidy's annual Spring Clean event, the charity has called for action to be taken to combat "disturbing" levels of fly-tipping across the UK.
Danone and Nestlé Waters pursue 100% bio-based plastic bottle rollout
Multi-national food company Danone has teamed up with the bottled water division of the Nestlé Group and a Californian start-up company to launch a new alliance aimed at commercialising 100% bio-based plastic bottles.
Canary Wharf Group launches circular coffee waste system
A pioneering initiative at the Canary Wharf estate in London has fully embraced the circular economy as the property, retail and waste management sectors join forces to recycle and reuse coffee waste.
Is it time for a plastic bottle tax?
Following the success that the UK's plastic bag charge has had on changing consumer behaviours and reducing waste, environmental campaigners and industry experts have this week been discussing the viability of a plastic bottle deposit scheme. Would such a scheme be successful?
Dell delivers tech industry's first ocean plastic packaging
Computer firm Dell has achieved a new first for the technology industry, after converting waste plastic found on beaches and in waterways into new packaging for one of its laptop products.
Green campaigners welcome Coca-Cola U-turn on bottle and can recycling scheme
Coca-Cola has announced it supports testing a deposit return service for drinks cans and bottles, in a major coup for environment and anti-waste campaigners.
Sainsbury's becomes first retailer to commit to 100% plastic-free cotton buds
Sainsbury's has today (22 February) become the first British retailer to publicly commit to the complete removal of plastic from its cotton buds, as the supermarket group aims to replace the current sticks with a fully biodegradable option by the end of 2017.
UK should consider new 2025 recycling targets, claims EIC
The UK should consult on new recycling targets for 2025 to boost investor confidence in the waste sector, according to a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC).
Harrogate Water turns to iconic Tidyman logo to raise recycling awareness
As reports emerge that UK ministers are likely to reject a plastic bottle deposit scheme, Britain's largest independent bottled water company has agreed to place the iconic 'Tidyman' logo on its products in a new partnership with Keep Britain Tidy.
Consumer engagement: Fitting the final piece of the food waste puzzle
With edie's engagement month in full swing, George Ogleby investigates one of the biggest challenges facing Britain's circular economy transition: consumer engagement on food waste.
WRAP: Consumer demand creating economic opportunities for resource management
The private sector can progress waste reduction methods and promote recycling and reuse by building new business models around the consumer, WRAP's technical specialist Greg Lucas has claimed.
Going Circular: PwC's staff engagement success story
As part of edie's engagement month of editorial content, Matt Mace takes a closer look at the innovative behaviour change approaches being adopted by PwC as the professional services firm seeks to mobilise waste reduction efforts of thousands of staff members to deliver a closed-loop organisation.
Online reuse hub could save universities £1m in 2017
British universities have been tasked with saving £1m this year by internally sharing resources through an online reuse scheme.
Three aims mobile reuse scheme towards disadvantaged communities
Communications provider Three UK is attempting to connect disadvantaged citizens to the digital world, through a new recycling donation scheme aimed at redistributing unused mobile phones across the nation.
Businesses must lead Britain's resource revolution, claims Defra minister
The UK's ambition to become one of the most resource-efficient economies in the world must be led by private-sector innovation, according to Defra Resource Minister Therese Coffey.
Businesses agree £1.5m payout over environmental law breaches
Drinks firm Heineken UK, food producer Filippo Berio and utility company Anglian Water Services are among six businesses that have agreed to six-figure charity payments after breaching environmental laws.
#OceanRescue: Sky drives engagement on ocean plastic waste through new social campaign
Broadcasting company Sky has turned to social media to increase awareness of the "major challenge" of plastic waste in the oceans, using celebrities and behaviour change tips as levers to inspire and educate consumers.
City of London launches challenge to boost coffee cup recycling
A scheme to boost disposable coffee cup recycling has been launched in the City of London in an attempt to prevent 5m cups a year from the Square Mile ending up in landfill.
London's largest solar retrofit project delivers big carbon savings
A waste management firm has saved 361 tonnes of CO2 in nine months following the delivery of a 1000KW solar retrofit project at its plant in East London.
Could this MDF recycling innovation solve a circular economy conundrum for retailers?
A breakthrough technology that recycles medium-density fibreboard (MDF) can deliver a commercially-viable process to recover wood fibre from the material, according to the solution's creator.
Ikea achieves zero-waste-to-landfill status in the UK
The world's biggest furniture retailer has announced that it sent zero waste to landfill across all of its UK and Ireland facilities in 2016, achieving a 90% recycling rate in the process.
Courtauld Commitment signatories aim to double food redistribution output
Signatories of the flagship Courtauld Commitment have unveiled a new ambition to double the amount of surplus food that is redistributed across the UK, while supermarket chain Waitrose has agreed to a new surplus food redistribution trial with social enterprise charity FareShare.
New Plastics Economy: Businesses support action plan to recycle 70% of global plastic packaging
A cross-sector coalition of multinational businesses have today (16 January) thrown their weight behind the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's new global action plan to recycle and re-use 70% of the world's plastic packaging.
New year, new direction: ESA chairman Stewart Davies outlines circular economy prospects for 2017
In an exclusive interview for an upcoming episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, edie sits down with Stewart Davies, the new chairman of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), to discuss his thoughts on the year ahead for nation's circular economy progress.
China's booming middle class drives Asia's toxic e-waste mountains
Asia's mountains of hazardous electronic trash, or e-waste, are growing rapidly, new research reveals, with China leading the way.
Courtald Commitment saves major UK brands £100m of food waste
UK retailers and manufacturers have generated an estimated £100m in food waste savings over a three-year period as part of WRAP's Courtauld Commitment Phase 3, new figures released today (10 January) reveal.
'Game-changing' coffee cup project to provide retailers with cost-effective recycling service
The UK could be set for a coffee cup recycling revolution as British paper cup recycler Simply Cups has thrown its weight behind a project that provides businesses and consumers with a cup that can be recycled at traditional paper mills.
Costa partners with Bio-bean to convert 3,000 tonnes of coffee waste to biofuel
The UK's largest coffee chain Costa has entered into a partnership with biomass recycling firm Bio-bean, which will see 3,000 tonnes of Costa's waste coffee grounds used as biofuel.
Christmas and sustainability: Mistletoe and wine or chalk and cheese?
Christmas is just days away and as Santa's reindeers limber up for the big night, edie rounds-up some of the hidden sustainability stories of Christmas that you probably didn't know about.
Recycling rates in England drop for first time
Recycling rates in England have fallen for the first time ever, prompting calls for a tax on packaging and meaning EU targets are now almost certain to be missed.
Defra's 'unambitious' aluminium recycling targets challenged
The Government's new packaging recycling business targets for 2018-20 do not reflect the sector's high ambitions to maximise recovery and recycling of the material, according to the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).
How BMW is revving up for an electric vehicle circular economy
EXCLUSIVE: The ongoing electrification of the transport sector looks set to open up new avenues for improved resource management and closed-loop practices for carmakers looking to push beyond regulatory compliance, BMW's environmental programmes manager has said.
Tesco boss calls for greater transparency to tackle food waste
EXCLUSIVE: Retailers are showing a "growing appetite" to collaborate to tackle food waste, but still need to provide clearer information and deliver better reporting standards to drive change, the chief executive of Britain's largest supermarket group has told edie.
UK homebuilders failing to deal with waste, report finds
The overwhelming majority of UK homebuilding firms have increased waste generation over the last year, according to a report assessing the sustainability performances of the UK's largest property developers.
Bioplastics industry continues to expand despite low oil prices
The bioplastics industry is continuing to see stable growth despite falling oil prices, representing a positive shift in business attitudes towards manufacturing low-carbon, resource-efficient products. and a lack of stronger political support to realise the potential of bio-based materials in Europe.
Carbon Trust launches zero-waste-to-landfill certification
Advisory firm The Carbon Trust has unveiled a new certification to award business achievements in diverting zero waste to landfill.
Patagonia donates $10m Black Friday sales to environmental grassroots
American clothing firm Patagonia has raised $10m for environmental grassroots nonprofits, after donating 100% of the global sales that it generated from Black Friday.
Tesco and Sainsbury's ban plastic cotton buds to cut waste
The UK's two largest supermarket chains have committed to end the sale of cotton buds with plastic stems, which are the most common litter from toilets flushed on to the country's beaches.