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15 January 2018

EA to tackle plastic pollution in South West

A ‘plastics and sustainability team’ across Devon and Cornwall has been set up to tackle avoidable waste as part of an Environment Agency project worth £750,000. The announcement followed a pledge by the government to ...


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5 January 2018

Defra ‘encouraged’ by industry action over coffee cups


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has vowed to “carefully consider” calls from the Environment Audit Committee to introduce a 25p ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups. But, signalling that it...

5 January 2018

China: No signs of stockpiles yet, says Defra


No reports of stockpiling of waste materials as a result of the restriction on exports of paper and plastics to China have been received so far, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Defra said today...

5 January 2018

Industry responds to coffee cups report


Two of the UK’s most prominent waste management companies and the Paper Cup Alliance have responded to the call from the Environmental Audit Committee today for a 25p “latte levy” on disposable coffee cups. Starbucks has ...

5 January 2018

BIR calls for international agreements on recycling


Global recycling association, Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), is calling for world leaders to implement and strengthen international agreements that promote recycling. The recommendation comes in a list of seven changes ...

5 January 2018

Creagh committee proposes 25p coffee cup levy


The Environmental Audit Committee today called on the government to introduce a UK-wide 25p “latte levy” on disposable coffee cups and set targets to recycle 100% of them by 2023. In a report - ‘Disposable packaging: ...

22 December 2017

Audit Committee calls for deposit return scheme


The Environmental Audit Committee has called for the introduction of a UK-wide deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and a requirement to provide free drinking water in public premises in order to clamp down on plastic bottle wastage.

22 December 2017

Defra looks at impact of Chinese rules on councils


Local authorities could face a reduction in income from recyclable materials because of restrictions on the export of some recyclables to China, a pre-Christmas meeting called by Defra has heard. Officials at the Department for ...

14 December 2017

Scientists press for waste to be used as UK resource


Top government scientists today recommended that the exporting or disposing of waste should end. The lack of support for exports comes in a government-funded report which describes ‘waste’ as an “enormous opportunity” ...

8 December 2017

EU Commissioner ‘in touch’ with China over exports


The European Commission has requested China to consider a longer transition period for tighter controls relating to the import of waste for recycling. And, the Bureau of International Recycling has today (8 November) written to ...

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