Plastics Thursday 18 January 2018
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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7 December 2017

Bywaters and Sky highlight ocean pollution


With concerns over single-use plastics making headlines in recent months, London-based recycling company Bywaters this week played host to a ten-metre whale made of waste plastics. The ‘Plasticus’ sculpture was produced by TV ...

24 November 2017

China’s minister for environment signals tough stance on imports


China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has this week signalled that it will take a tough line on the new regulations governing the import of “solid waste” into the country under its revised regulations. Environment...

22 November 2017

FCC disappointed over lack of reuse support in Budget


Waste management firm FCC Environment has expressed disappointment that measures to incentivise reuse did not feature in the government’s Budget announcement. Responding to today’s proposals Paul Taylor, FCC’s chief ...

22 November 2017

CIWM: ‘Positive Budget for resource and waste sector’


The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management welcomed today’s Budget announcement as “positive” for the waste sector. CIWM singled out the £30 million of extra funding over the next four years to help the Environment ...

22 November 2017

Government to investigate single-use plastic charges


Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced plans to investigate how the tax system and charges on single-use plastic items can reduce waste. And, following the announcement in the chancellor's Autumn Budget statement today (22 ...

20 November 2017

Green taxes backed ahead of Budget


The waste management and recycling sector has responded positively to an anticipated consultation on environmental taxes, ahead of Wednesday’s Budget. While Defra is already consulting on a bottle deposit scheme, further ...

17 November 2017

China moves toward 0.5% contamination limit


Further details have emerged of the proposed revised standard for the export of materials to China for recycling, which could now be set at 0.5% allowable levels of contrary material rather than the originally proposed 0.3%. ...

16 November 2017

Wood recyclers angry over Agency stance on fire template


Wood recyclers have voiced their concerns at a decision by the Environment Agency to reject parts of its proposed waste wood fire prevention plan (FPP) template. Speaking at the conference on Fire prevention and control in...

10 November 2017

Balance needed over food waste and plastic liners, says WRAP


Operators of anaerobic digestor plants have signalled that concerns about plastic being found in digestate for spreading on fields will be reduced if guidance published this week by WRAP is followed. But, it is unclear what ...

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