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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.

Pret wants consumers to provide feedback on the initiative, which offers two sizes of reusable glass bottles

Pret A Manger trials plastic bottle alternatives across select stores

Pret A Manger is looking to reduce the number of plastic bottles sold at its outlets and on the high streets, by offering free filtered water and reusable glass bottles at its three Veggie Pret shops.

From the start of next year, all ACE UK recycling banks will accept paper cups for recycling

Starbucks and McDonald's among members of new paper cup recycling deal

Major businesses such as Costa Coffee, McDonald's UK and Starbucks have agreed a joint deal to accelerate the nationwide recycling of PE lined paper cups.

Nearly eight million metric tonnes of plastic packaging weight – equivalent to the weight of 2,000 Eiffel Towers – ends up in the oceans each year

Plastic packaging: Are producers ready for their 'diesel moment'?

As CDP's new report warns that "rapid process innovations" are needed to help the chemical sector align to the goals of the Paris Agreement, the organisation's head of investor research Carole Ferguson tells edie that plastic packaging is on the cusp of regulatory and consumer backlash.

P&G formed a partnership with recycling experts TerraCycle to create viable solutions for the plastics that are collected

How P&G formed a new supply chain to combat ocean plastics

EXCLUSIVE: The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company's new Fairy Ocean Plastic Bottle serves to highlight a "totally new supply chain and approach" to incorporating post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic into products, as the firm closes in on a 2020 packaging target.

At present, only about 6% of plastic waste is recycled within the EU

EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

The EU has ruled out penalties on single-use plastic products, in favour of raising public awareness of the damage consumer plastics are doing to the world's oceans.

‘Plasticus’ - a 10 metre whale made from the same amount of plastic that enters the ocean every second - toured the UK as part of Sky's Ocean Rescue campaign

Sky to ban single-use plastics by 2020

Broadcasting company Sky has announced that all single-use plastics will be removed from its products, operations and supply chain by 2020 and will also invest £25m into an Ocean Rescue Innovation Fund to develop remedies to the amount of waste seeping into oceans.

Evidence submitted will be examined by the Government’s working group which includes corporate giants such as Coca-Cola and Tesco

Michael Gove seeks evidence on plastic bottle deposit scheme

Defra Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed he will work with businesses to see how a drinks container deposit return scheme could work in England.

In July Coca-Cola European Partners announced it would increase the amount of recycled plastic in its bottles to 50% by 2020

Coca-Cola increased its production of plastic bottles by a billion last year, says Greenpeace

Coca-Cola increased its production of throwaway plastic bottles last year by well over a billion, according to analysis by Greenpeace.

Globally, the analysis claimed that businesses can realise savings of up to $1.5trn if offices are renovated to capture green technologies

Green office renovations can capture $243bn for European businesses

Doubling renovation rates of offices to capture green building aspects across Europe could help offset growing energy demand and enable businesses to save $243bn in reduced rental costs, with separate analysis claiming that refurbishment of office furniture can trigger emissions reductions and job growth.

Proportionally, coffee cups account for a tiny percentage of total UK litter; just 0.7%

Pret A Manger's head of sustainability questions MP's coffee cup inquiry

Pret A Manger's head of sustainability committed to "maximising" renewable and reusable packaging for coffee cups, but has questioned whether the Environmental Audit Committee's inquiry into disposable coffee cups is the best way to promote resource efficiency and sustainability in the UK.

To date, 868 tonnes of coffee has been collected through the initiative to be transformed into biomass pellets

In practice: Network Rail's closed-loop partnership to recycle waste coffee grounds

Striking a partnership with coffee waste collectors Bio-Bean enabled Network Rail to make steps in reducing waste at its station, and also got retailers and staff to boost coffee collection to be used for renewable power.

Campaigners are calling on Michael Gove not to derail food waste efforts after promising to deliver a planet that is ‘greener, cleaner, better, richer’ to the next generation

Defra 'sabotaging' EU targets to halve food waste

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has been urged not to "row back" on the fight to cut food waste as leaks claim that his Ministry is trying to scupper an EU agreement on reduction targets.

The adoption of a circular model would put London “on track” to become carbon-neutral by 2050, according to the London Assembly Environment Committee

Report: London could reduce waste by 60% through circular model

A new report has claimed that London could reduce its waste by 60% by 2041 through a circular economy approach, in the same week that Google teamed up with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to highlight the business value of circular cities.

The deal is the first struck between a major retailer and its food suppliers

Tesco agrees pioneering deal with suppliers to halve food waste

Tesco has struck a deal with its largest food suppliers for them to adopt the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to halve food waste by 2030, on the same day a new global initiative has called on major international food producers to reduce food loss and waste.

Around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is estimated to be lost or wasted each year

Corporate giants agree to streamline food date labels by 2020

Top multinationals including Tesco, Kellogg and Walmart are among 400 consumer goods firms to have today (20 September) committed to simplify food date labels globally by 2020.

The relaunch comes less than a fortnight after Scotland signalled its intentions to introduce a national deposit return scheme for drinks containers

MPs to relaunch inquiry on plastic bottles and coffee cups

MPs are reopening an inquiry into the environmental impact of waste from disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles as pressure builds on the UK Government to introduce new legislation.

Veolia’s desire to harness the potential of the younger generation forms part of its overarching ambition to become a company at the forefront of a resource revolution

Investing in business means investing in people, says Veolia

Businesses must diversify their workforce to nurture the next generation of CSR leaders, according to waste management firm Veolia's senior executive vice-president UK & Ireland.

The two organisations will launch the first public awareness campaign this Autumn

Ecosurety and Hubbub to collaborate on consumer-facing recycling campaigns

Resource efficiency firm Ecosurety has announced a new partnership with environmental charity Hubbub to launch a consumer-facing campaign later this year aimed at boosting recycling rates in the UK.

The disposable cups will be upcycled into paper that will then be converted into the yellow shopping bags

Selfridges' yellow shopping bags to be made from coffee cups

Selfridges has teamed up with waste management firm Veolia and British papermaker James Cropper to reprocess disposable coffee cup waste into yellow shopping bags in a closed-loop system.

A Tesco's spokesperson said the company did not profit from money retained for administration

Tesco criticised for deducting £3.4m from plastic bag tax charity donations

Millions of pounds in administration costs were deducted from the charitable donations made by Tesco using funds generated from the plastic bag tax, government data has revealed. No other major supermarket made any such deductions, leading senior MPs to urge Tesco to follow their lead.

As a result of the project expansion, resource recovery firm Axion has joined to develop the new sorting technology

Jaguar Land Rover expands its aluminium circular economy drive

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched the REALITY programme, an expansion on its closed-loop aluminium recycling programme that will place end-of-life materials into new high-performance JLR products.

Scottish consumers will pay a small deposit for plastic and glass bottles, which can be refunded upon return to a shop

Scotland commits to diesel phase out and plastic bottle deposit return scheme

Scotland will phase out diesel and petrol cars and introduce a national deposit return scheme for drinks containers, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today (5 September).

Starbucks carried out an 11-week trial in 16 Manchester stores earlier this year

Starbucks launches leftover food discount scheme

Starbucks has launched a new food waste scheme which will see products near expiry sold at half price during the last hour of trading, with all profits going to help prevent child hunger.

The engagement drive means that, as of 2016, 98% of Edinburgh's waste is diverted from landfill - a “huge increase” on 2015 levels

In practice: Edinburgh Zoo's behaviour change drive to increase recycling

Attracting more than half a million visitors each year, Edinburgh Zoo has a significant opportunity to engage consumers on sustainability at a large scale. Here, edie charts an award-winning behaviour change drive which has helped the attraction divert 98% of its waste away from landfill.

Investment will be available for projects that produce low-carbon waste-based fuels for vehicles too heavy to use electric power

Ministers give double boost for low-carbon road transport and aviation

The UK Government has provided a helping hand for low-carbon transport with separate funding announcements for cleaner buses and waste-based fuels for planes and lorries.

The MetalMatters campaign aims to boost the capture rate of recyclable metal packaging in households, such as tin cans, aerosols and food containers

Tata Steel moves to champion UK kerbside metal packaging recycling

Europe's second largest steel producer Tata Steel will increase its support for a UK-based behaviour change initiative aimed at boosting the recycling rates for metal packaging collected at kerbside.

If half of all food and dry recyclables were recycled, Wales would reach a 2025 recycling target of 70% for all waste nine years early

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.

The high rates of landfill tax and increased transportation distances across the UK for waste disposal means that taxpayers and businesses could be hit with higher waste disposal costs

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 confirmed it will also roll-out chilled food donations across stores nationwide after a successful pilot which began in May

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.

Additional benefits of the deposit scheme were claimed to reach £1.2bn for the UK economy, according to studies

'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.

While UPS has invested more than $750m in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, the latest announcement represents a strategic foray into the circular economy market

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.

The UK is currently working towards a 50% target for household waste by 2020, established by the Waste Framework Directive

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.

The potential of a deposit scheme is built on studies in Europe which show that the levy could increase recycling rates of the bottles to 98%

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.

Any barista-prepared organic coffees, teas and hot chocolates are eligible for the discount if customers bring in their own reusable cups

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.

Both the EA and the ESA are hoping collaborative projects can crackdown on the laggards of the industry

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.

The campaign is expected to reach 35m British residents by the end of 2017

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.

The cups from both challenges have been recycled into bird feeders, plant pot holders and chalk boards by product designers Ashortwalk

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.

For future targets, waste will be tackled alongside existing goals to conserve water as part of a wider aim of “improving resource efficiency”

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.

Millennials are 2.4 times as likely to shop for resale items because of the environmental impact of clothing

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.

Existing community projects, which are also located in Frome and Brixton, will now join the new network of 30 fridge locations

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.

Experts warn that some of it is already finding its way into the human food chain

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.

GMB had seen an email from Veolia staff members, which suggested that an increased diversion of waste to an ERF incinerator had led to “year on year” reductions in recycling rates

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".

The majority of onsite waste is dealt with through a contract with waste management firm Biffa

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.

CCEP plans to double the amount of recycled plastic in each of its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles to 50% in the next three years

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%.

Around 70 delegates from companies like Sky and Unilever discussed the barriers and opportunities of the circular economy at the event

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.

The transition to a circular economy has the destination mapped out, but the journey is far less clear cut

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.

The company attributes some of the success of its carbon reduction goal to its LEAN Energy scheme, which engages employees in a “culture of conservation”

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.

CCEP continues to ensure that all of its packaging is recyclable

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.

AO Recycling will build on TRG’s expertise to “significantly increase” UK WEEE recycling capacity, including an aim to deliver industry-leading recovery rates

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.

Soybean – the world’s largest source of animal protein feed – accounts for nearly two-thirds of global protein supply

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 environment manager Iain Ferguson spoke at the Resourcing the Future conference in London this week

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.

Coffee cups, lids and coffee grounds generated by over 300 shops, bars and restaurants across the 12-acre Canary Wharf Estate are now recycled through the use of designated bins

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.

HP’s director of global sustainability operations Kirstie McIntyre is keen to put customers front and centre of its business model transition

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.

Coffee cup consumers are encouraged to ‘tip-it, flip-it and stack-it’ – a process to ensure any remaining liquid is drained and the lid, sleeve and cup are separated

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 claims that it last year diverted almost 8,000 tonnes from landfill across its operations

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.

WBCSD's Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FReSH) programme is designed to “accelerate transformational change in global food systems”

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.

The farm to fork aspect of the manifesto will be rolled-out as part of a series of blogs, videos and infographics that highlight the need for large-scale changes

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 has already moved to alleviate recycling concerns in London, where it is trialling coffee capsule recycling schemes

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.

A national rollout of the scheme could commence if customer feedback from the Cardiff trial is positive. Image: Ikea

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.

The production process of food accounts for 8% of global emissions, while food waste – which includes losses in the consumer phase – generates $940bn in global economic losses annually

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".

Businesses need to strike a balance between targeting consumers on sustainability issues but not appearing to 'preach' CSR, the edie Live discussion concluded

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.

Select Tesco stores will sell only reusable bags in a 10-week trial that could lead to the single-use bags being phased out in all of its stores

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.

techUK's Susanne Baker, pictured here speaking at edie Live, noted that the regulatory frameworks would mirror current purchasing trends by consumers

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.

The Foundation’s $2m innovation prize was launched last week (18 May) in collaboration with the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit

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.

The partnership also enlisted the help of ambassadors to implement the agenda across numerous countries

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 has said that the Trashconverter Van will tour the country if the pilot project is successful

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.

The Circular Fibres first report is due for publication in autumn 2017

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.


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