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13 September 2019

Sainsburys pledges to halve plastic packaging

Retailer Sainsbury’s today (13 September) announced what it described as “an ambitious new commitment to reduce plastic packaging by 50% by 2025”. This new target includes all branded food packaging, Sainsbury’s brand food...


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4 April 2018

Unilever supports plastic conversion technology


Unilever has partnered with one of the world’s largest PET producers to pioneer a new technology which converts PET waste back into virgin grade material for use in food packaging. The consumer goods company will be teaming ...

28 March 2018

Applause for DRS but councils wary of impact


Today’s announcement that there will be a Deposit Return Scheme in England, subject to consultation, has been welcomed by the waste management sector and charities although local authorities have expressed a more cautious approach ahead of ...

20 March 2018

New faces for Advisory Committee on Packaging


The importance of the role of the Advisory Committee on Packaging has been highlighted by its chairman, Phil Conran, after the appointment of three new members. Mr Conran said: “The Government is under intense pressure to ...

8 March 2018

IKEA reports growth in waste tonnages


Home retail giant IKEA has revealed the amount of waste it generated globally last year increased in comparison to 2016, along with a marginal increase in the percentage of waste sent for recycling and energy recovery. The results...

21 February 2018

Fareham rolls-out takeaway bags to restaurants


Fareham borough council has commissioned 10,000 takeaway bags to be distributed to local restaurants as a measure to reduce food waste. The bags will allow customers to take their leftovers home with them when they eat out and ...

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

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

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: ...

29 November 2017

WRAP publishes food label guidance


As part of its work to reduce household food waste, resource charity WRAP has unveiled changes to the way food packaging will be labelled. The aim, said WRAP – the Waste & Resources Action Programme – is changes to labels ...