Plastics Saturday 16 February 2019
6 February 2019

Biffa gets green light for Durham PET recycling facility

Biffa has been given the green light to develop a 37,000 tonnes-per-annum capacity PET plastic bottle reprocessing facility in Seaham, County Durham. The company was awarded planning consent for the development by Durham council ...


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1 October 2018

Gove signals boost for waste sector investment


Environment secretary Michael Gove has signalled that the government could implement measures to encourage investment in waste management technologies in its forthcoming waste strategy – news which has been long-awaited by the sector.

1 October 2018

RECOUP questions Defra and Treasury link


The chief executive of plastics charity RECOUP has questioned why a consultation on single use plastics  tax was undertaken by the treasury, and not Defra, and has called for “more joined up thinking”. The claim was made at the ...

28 September 2018

Trower: ‘UK must address plastics reprocessing gap’


Recycling and waste management firm, Viridor, has called on the UK to address its “reprocessing capacity gap” for plastics, if it is to achieve future recycling targets and move towards a “truly circular economy.” The need...

27 September 2018

EU mandatory content requirement ‘possible’ for plastics


With the UK likely to adopt the EU’s Circular Economy measures in its forthcoming Waste and Resources Strategy, Jeff Cooper reports on a European event which also heard that mandatory recycled content for plastics could become an EU ...

Westminster bottles 26 September 2018

Gove to attend strategy meeting as tax idea surfaces


Defra thinking on the forthcoming Resources & Waste Strategy, including the possibility of an incineration tax, is to be shared at a roundtable meeting this afternoon (26 September) to be attended by secretary of state, Michael Gove.

26 September 2018

Scottish DRS should be ‘consistent’ with UK


The British Retail Consortium has called for any Scottish deposit return system to be “consistent” with the rest of the UK. The comments came from the trade association’s director of food and sustainability, Andrew Opie, on ...

25 September 2018

Co-op to roll-out compostable carrier bags


The Co-op has announced its plans to roll-out single use compostable carrier bags to almost 1,400 of its food stores. The retailer explained that after the bags are used to carry shopping, they can then be reused as food waste ...

20 September 2018

Compost quality ‘to improve’ with PAS 100 revisions


Revisions to make the compost quality standard – PAS 100 – “more robust” came into effect yesterday (19 September). Changes to the standard include a new clause to make clear the existing requirements for compost producers...

20 September 2018

Council plastic collection quality ‘a concern’


The quality of plastic packaging collected by local authorities “is increasingly becoming a concern”, despite collection rates for plastic packaging increasing from last year. The comments come as part of RECOUP’s 2018 UK ...

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