UK EPR needs a leader, says the concept’s originator

Extended Producer Responsibility formulator Thomas Lindquist has called on the UK government to look beyond the money flow and embrace its responsibilities, as Defra...

Bin breakdown: Project aims for a better grasp of litter composition

A new project from recycling charity RECOUP aims to develop a standardized, evidence-based methodology for collecting and analysing litter, creating a comprehensive data set. The...

Councils have a vape ban in their sights as fire incidents spike

The fire risk presented by vapes entering the waste stream has prompted local councils to call for a ban of the sale of the...

Clothing study challenges perception that paying a higher price means they will last longer

The findings were uncovered in a study conducted by the School of Design at the University of Leeds, published in late July. Said to...

Millions of household products to become biodegradable within seven years: New roadmap

Industry-wide targets to improve the sustainability of key ingredients in millions of household products in seven years have been set by a task force...

Sponsored content: Waste trucks contract awarded

NRG Riverside has been awarded an initial eight-year contract-hire agreement to supply 40 vehicles with complete repair and maintenance support by Urbaser. The arrangement...

No butts: Time to eradicate litter item as research clarifies toxic cargo

Cigarette filters are the world’s most common form of litter. New research appears to show that the filters leak thousands of toxins and plastic...

Microplastics: 77% more found in River Thames during lockdown may be due to discarded...

By Ria Devereux, PhD Student, Microplastic Pollution, University of East London, writing in The Conversation. At a first glance the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to have...

Mixed waste processing technology begins trial in Seattle

Innovative waste processing technology Juno began processing waste from a municipality in Seattle in February, part of a 12-week mixed waste processing pilot project. During...

Vape producers in the UK failing to meet environmental regulations

Sales of disposable single-use vapes are now around 138 million per annum* For all the disposable single-use vapes sold in the UK...

UK businesses must do more to adapt to changes in waste industry legislation

  Integrated IT systems and whole business reporting are essential for reducing waste and emissions and ensuring compliance with UK Environment Act, says waste management...

Waste crime: how online advertising platforms are facilitating illegal dumping

By Ray Purdy, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Law, University College Dublin, writing in The Conversation The new BBC podcast, Buried, by investigative journalists...

Using technology to capture and deter fly-tippers

Intelligence is transforming the way Local Authorities crack down on fly-tipping. Combining high-resolution cameras with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR),...

Project uses satellite data to detect waste sites on Earth

A new computational system uses satellite data to identify sites on land where people dispose of waste, providing a new tool to monitor waste...

WRAP updates voluntary agreements, outlining circularity vision for food, plastic and textiles

We will not tackle the climate crisis without changing our consumption systems, says group, whose voluntary agreements aim to lead industry response Climate action NGO...

Can heat maps conquer our litter problem?

The most recent anti-littering guidance places the blame for littering firmly on high street fast-food restaurants. But, how can councils, enforcement services or take-aways...

World needs ambitious target of 0% new plastic waste by 2040

The United Nations is being urged to make a bold pledge and set a target of zero for new plastic pollution by 2040 in...

Software platform helps Plymouth City Council digitally transform key services

Infrastructure asset management software provider Yotta offers a case study detailing how its connected asset management technology provides a single-system across trees, playgrounds and...

Smokers blind to devastating impact of butts on the environment, suggests survey

New research from environmental charity Hubbub seems to reveal just over 1 in 4 smokers (28%) are aware that cigarette butts are made from...

SEPA figures show recovering recycling rate in Scotland

Statistics published on 27 September by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) reveal some of the impact of COVID-19 polcies on recycling. The figures...