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Food and drink industry lobbied against tougher waste policy, FOI reveals
Trade bodies representing brands such as Sainsbury's, Tesco and Coca-Cola have lobbied the Government to oppose deposit return schemes and new EU proposals designed to boost recycling.
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".
The story of Roermond: How Smurfit Kappa is making the circular economy a reality
Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa invites edie on a behind-the-scenes tour of its pioneering zero-waste paper mill in the Netherlands, which stands as an exemplar of the firm's global circular economy ambitions.
WRAP launches food waste recycling plan for England
A new five-point action plan aimed at improving household and commercial food waste recycling and collection was launched by WRAP today (7 July) in Birmingham.
England should 'hang its head in shame' over static recycling efforts
With new figures released on Thursday (2 June) revealing that recycling figures for Wales had edged towards 60%, charity Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) has claimed that the lack of progress on recycling in England "reflects very badly on the situation".
How the 'spirit' of internal collaboration is reducing waste at Whitbread
EXCLUSIVE: Communication and innovation regarding waste reduction methods has become the "heart of corporate culture" at Whitbread, due to "extremely well aligned" managerial departments which collaborate internally, the company's procurement manager has claimed.
Tetra Pak's bio-based carton hits new milestones
Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has announced the launch of a new bio-based version of its Tetra Top package which will have a plant-based renewable content of more than 80%.
Defra relaxes plastic packaging targets 'to reduce burden on businesses'
The Government has announced plans to relax statutory plastic packaging recycling targets in an apparent attempt to 'reduce the burden' on business, with research showing that, despite 'significant increases' in recycling, the industry could struggle to hit 2020 targets.
10 years to save £20bn: WRAP unveils revamped Courtauld Commitment 'to transform food industry'
The Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is today (15 March) urging Britain's food and drink firms to pledge major reductions in food waste and carbon emissions - which could deliver £20bn in savings for the UK economy - through its pioneering new Courtald Commitment 2025.
Henkel unveils new sustainability goals after surging past interim targets
Persil, Schwarzkopf shampoo and Pritt Stick manufacturer Henkel has unveiled a multitude of new sustainability goals after reaching and surpassing a variety of interim targets that form the foundation of its Sustainability Strategy for 2030.
Tesco fights war on waste with revamped food donation scheme
UK retail giant Tesco has announced it is donating a further 700,000 meals from its 10 distribution centres to charities in an attempt to reduce the amount of surplus food the company is producing.
Poo power: Human waste could heat 138 million households
Safely obtained biogas from human waste could generate electricity to power all of the households in in Indonesia, Brazil, and Ethiopia combined, if researchers can harness the correct innovative technologies.
Green investment for Northern Ireland's largest EfW plant
A proposed Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Belfast has received almost half of its funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) after it committed £47m of equity to the 15MW project.
WRAP targets textile waste reductions across Europe
A new initiative launched has been launched by WRAP to reduce the carbon, water and waste footprints of the textiles industries across 11 European countries.
Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration
Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.
Sustainability stats: Plastic bag charge in numbers
From Monday (5 October), England will officially adopt the levy currently used by the rest of the UK which charges consumers for the use of single-use carrier bags in shops and supermarkets.
Cambridge launches green vision to cut emissions by a third by 2020
The University of Cambridge is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 34% as part of its new sustainability strategy for the next five years.
European Parliament backs circular economy resolution
MEPs have passed a European circular economy report calling for a 30% increase in resource productivity by 2030, which could add nearly two million green jobs.
Business leaders call on MEPs to support circular economy
Business and environmental leaders have today (3 July) called for MEPs to vote in favour of a report setting out the benefits of a circular economy in Europe.
EU unveils ground-breaking circular economy metric
European companies can now measure how well their products and business models perform in the context of a circular economy thanks to a new tool developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Scotland to recruit 'volunteer army' to drive circular economy
Zero Waste Scotland is recruiting more than 1,000 'zero waste volunteers' to support its mission to reduce food waste, boost recycling rates and promote re-use, repairing and sharing across the country.
Europe's new circular economy package will be 'country-specific'
The European Commission's 'more ambitious' circular economy package will include country-specific waste-reduction targets and a specific roadmap for the implementation of closed-loop business processes.