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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, ...

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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 ...

1 June 2021

BIR talks up ‘strong finish’ to global markets in 2020

 

The Bureau of International Recyclers (BIR) says many of its members finished 2020 strongly, “making up the ground” that had been lost during lockdowns across the world. In its annual report for 2020, released on 31 May, the ...

14 May 2021

FCC Environment maps the ‘politics of waste’

 

FCC Environment says the upcoming few years before the next general election in 2024 promise to be “turbulent and taxing” for the waste management sector. The waste management company launched a report on 12 May examining the ...

12 May 2021

Agency intercepts 200,000 tonnes of ‘illegitimate’ waste in 2020

 

The Environment Agency says it intercepted approximately 200,000 tonnes of “illegitimate” waste in 2020, with an estimated packaging recycling note (PRN) value of £30 million. It also beat its own compliance monitoring goals ...

12 May 2021

Recycling falls in first quarter of pandemic

 

Disruption to recycling services during the Covid-19 pandemic led to a 3.4 percentage point drop in England’s household recycling rate in the first quarter of 2020/21, Defra statistics have shown. Published this morning (12 May...

10 May 2021

BCP council lifts some Covid-19 measures at HWRCs

 

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council lifted several Covid-19 safety measures at its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) on 1 May “in line with government guidance”. While the council declined to say which ...

5 May 2021

Covid-19 sees St Helens’s waste tonnages soar

 

St Helens borough council said yesterday (4 May) lockdowns and widespread home working had seen it collect extra tonnes of waste during “almost every month” of the Covid-19 pandemic. Council figures from July 2020 to February ...

27 April 2021

WISH Forum updates Covid-19 guidance

 

The Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum released the 10th version of its information document for managing coronavirus risks for waste management activities on 23 April. While the WISH Forum said it was a routine “...

19 April 2021

Portsmouth’s weekly waste allowance returns to normal

 

Portsmouth residents’ weekly general waste allowance returned to normal today (19 April), having been increased during the lockdown to encourage people to stay at home. The limit was increased by one additional bag of rubbish ...