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Recycling and Reuse

July roundtable brings together WEEE leading figures to discuss UK target setting

In early July, stakeholders from the UK’s EEE production and WEEE reuse and recycling sector convened for a roundtable debate to discuss the evidential basis …

Scots public advised to have their say on deposit return schemes

Members of the public are being called upon to have their say on how deposit return could work best for Scotland …

John Lewis pilots pick up ‘buyback’ service for unwanted clothing

To help reduce the 300,000 tonnes of clothing which gets sent to landfill each year in the UK, John Lewis is piloting a service in which customers can have any …

Major retailers and others back Leeds campaign to boost ‘on-the-go’ recycling

#LeedsByExample campaign set to pilot new ways of improving recycling rates The environmental behaviour change charity Hubbub and recycling compliance scheme …

Shredder investment reduces fuel consumption by 60% at Waste to Energy plant

Construction and commercial waste management specialist Rabbit Waste Management has more than halved the energy required to power its shredding line, resulting …

End-of-life bin lorry refitted to operate electrically

A refuse collection vehicle at the end of its normal working life has been repowered with an electric motor and is due to shortly begin real world trials in …

The Recycling Association warns that quality must come first as countries impose new import restrictions

There needs to be a relentless focus on improving the quality of recycled materials or risk losing markets, according to The Recycling Association. In late May …

New e-waste separation technologies introduced at Eindhoven facility

E-waste recycling services provider Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) has expanded the processing lines at the firm’s Eindhoven, Netherlands e-waste …

Recycled plastic could supply nearly three quarters of UK demand

The UK currently exports two thirds of plastic collected for recycling and only recycles nine per cent of all plastics domestically. But new analysis shows the …

Major funding agreement signed on advanced plastics recycling plant in Scotland

Funding of over £3m was announced on Wednesday 6 June for four projects comprising a new plastics recycling partnership, Project Beacon, in Perthshire, …

Collaborative approach to collection increases WEEE recovery in Northern England trial

An EU-funded project appears to illustrate the possibilities for increasing collection rates of difficult-to-recover WEEE items by partnering with well-known …

An ecological shoe?

Minimalist shoe company Vivo Barefoot has announced a new range seemingly made from algae recovered from the world’s waterways. …

Observers respond to the EU Circular Economy Package

On 18 April the European Parliament ratified the EU’s Circular Economy Package, which sets out ambitious new targets for recycling, packaging and landfill …

China, confusion and collaboration: Recycling summit charts progress

The Recycling Association's Quality First Conference, which took place on 17 April, saw over 100 delegates attend to discuss important …

Passion and good ideas come together at the first Plastics Recycling Awards Europe

The winners of the first Plastics Recycling Awards Europe were announced on 25 April at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, held at the RAI Amsterdam in The …

FEAD responds to EU draft strategy for plastics in a circular economy

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) has welcomed the European Parliament’s publication of a draft report on a …

Costa commits to recycling the same volume of cups it puts on the market

Costa Coffee announced on 18 April that it will become the first ever coffee chain in the UK to commit to recycling the same volume of cups it puts onto the …

Engineering a plastic-eating enzyme

Scientists have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics, providing a potential solution to one of the world’s …

Bioplastics are key to solving plastic waste, says report

The UK has an opportunity to lead the way in tackling global plastic waste by becoming a world leader in bioplastics, according to a new report, Bio-based …

Yes we ‘can’? Rise in aluminium recycling reported, with almost 100% of it recycled in Europe

Amidst a time of gloom and foreboding about packaging waste, and the pollution it causes, one small piece of good news – a silver lining in the cloud, as …

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