News Monday 14 June 2021
11 June 2021

Unilever to trial paper detergent bottle

Unilever announced yesterday (11 June) that it will be trialling a switch in the packaging of its leading laundry detergent from plastic to paper, with the first paper bottles to be rolled out in Brazil in early 2022. The move is being seen by some within the recycling sector as adding a layer of uncertainty around plastics ...

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11 June 2021

‘Huge rise’ in food redistribution in 2020


Sustainability charity WRAP has reported a “huge rise” in surplus food redistribution in 2020, with 92,000 tonnes prevented from going to waste. Worth £280 million, the food represented the equivalent of 220 million meals, ...

11 June 2021

Material Focus adverts help increase WEEE recycling


Material Focus says up to 42% of people who saw its advertising campaign in 2020 said they had either started recycling electricals or were doing more of it. Formerly known as the WEEE Fund, Material Focus is a not-for-profit ...

10 June 2021

‘Mount Recyclemore’ erected in Cornwall


Online retailer musicMagpie has erected a huge sculpture of world leaders made from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit. Dubbed ‘Mount Recyclemore’, artist Joe Rush and sculptor ...

10 June 2021

Agency told of scale of waste crime


The Environment Agency has published the results of its national waste crime survey, with respondents from the waste industry saying 18% in the sector commit “some form of waste crime”. The survey was launched in March (see

10 June 2021

SLWP recycling rate creeps up in 2020/21


The South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) slightly increased its recycling rate by 0.3% to 39% between April 2020 and March 2021 when compared to the previous financial year, while waste arisings jumped 7.6%. The SLWP manages ...

10 June 2021

Sweden overtakes the Dutch for English RDF imports


Rolling figures to April 2021 show Sweden has overtaken the Netherlands as the most popular destination for exports of refuse derived fuel (RDF) from England for the first time. According to data obtained from the Environment ...

9 June 2021

Drone helps tackle blaze at EMR’s Darlaston site


Twenty firefighters attended a fire involving 70 tonnes of waste white goods last night (8 June) at the European Metal Recycling (EMR) site in Darlaston, near Walsall. West Midlands Fire Service told it ...

9 June 2021

London Mayor to meet Edmonton EfW campaigners


The Mayor of London has agreed to meet with campaigners opposing the redevelopment of the Edmonton energy from waste (EfW) plant near Chingford. Sadiq Khan said that while he had “no power” to pause the project, he would ...

9 June 2021

Agency hits back at Averies Recycling fire report


The Environment Agency has defended its enforcement procedures after a report from a task group set up by Swindon council partly blamed it for a 2014 fire at Averies Recycling, which burned for 57 days. The dispute relates to a ...

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