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21 July 2017

Retailers report 83% reduction in plastic bags

Today (21 July) DEFRA has reported that the 7 main retailers issued 83% fewer bags in 2016 to 2017 compared to the calendar year 2014. This works out as over six billion fewer bags than was recorded in 2014 by the Waste & ...


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14 November 2017

Retail news round-up (14/11/2017)


With news on:  Helistrat renewal at discount firm Poundland; and UKWSL extends motorway service work; and Biffa growth. Helistrat renews Poundland contract Facility...

10 October 2017

Offsite sorting by Biffa pushes Dunelm to 90% recycling


Furnishing and homeware retailer Dunelm has announced a 90% recycling rate as a result of working with waste management firm Biffa over the past five years. Biffa said that overall 92% of the retailer's waste was now diverted from...

21 September 2017

Tesco suppliers to publish food waste data


Tesco has announced ‘ground-breaking’ partnerships with suppliers, which will involve the publication of food waste data throughout the supply chain. The retailer has announced partnership agreements with 24 of its largest ...

15 August 2017

Two battery recycling plants to open by end of year


The UK is set to have two battery recycling plants in operation later this year with the announcement that compliance scheme Ecosurety and recycling firm Belmont Trading are partnering on a plant in Scotland. In September a ...

5 July 2017

Biffa strengthens North East role with O’Brien deal


Biffa has acquired north east England waste management business O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions Holdings Limited. Ian Wakelin, chief executive of Biffa, described the deal today (5 July) as another “value-creating ...

4 July 2017

‘Name and shame’ over food waste, says McCarthy


'Naming and shaming' of retailers is the way forward in terms of encouraging supermarkets to tackle food waste, Kerry McCarthy MP declared this week. Speaking at All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) food ...

3 July 2017

Scots find deposit scheme benefits councils


Councils in Scotland could save as much as £6.2 million in residual waste disposal savings if a deposit return scheme was introduced, according to research by Zero Waste Scotland. And, the organisation finds that “in the ...

7 June 2017

IKEA Cardiff launches textiles take-back scheme


IKEA UK & Ireland has launched a textile take-back scheme at its Cardiff store, which if successful could potentially be rolled out nationally. IKEA said, as its first textile take-back initiative in the UK, the scheme will ...

16 May 2017

Tesco outlines food waste tonnages


Supermarket giant Tesco produced a total of 46,684 tonnes of food waste across its UK operations including stores and distribution centres in 2016/17 – figures published yesterday (15 May) have suggested.