WRAP

WRAP’s vision for the UK circular economy to 2020

WRAP’s vision for the UK circular economy to 2020 The adoption of a circular economy offers considerable economic benefits; Defra calculates that UK businesses could benefit by up to £23 billion per year through low cost or no cost improvements … Read More

environment agency

UK has sufficient incineration capacity, Environment Agency says

UK has sufficient incineration capacity, Environment Agency says The Environment Agency (EA) has said there is sufficient incineration capacity in the UK, despite calls for more infrastructure to be built. The remarks were made following news that clinical waste had … Read More

European Parliament passes plastics strategy

European Parliament passes plastics strategy A “positive” vote by the European Parliament last week on an EU strategy for plastics, has been broadly welcomed by the waste management sector. Pan-European waste body, FEAD, whose members are national waste management associations … Read More

MRFs

Material quality for MRFs hits low point

Material quality for MRFs hits low point The volume of target materials received at England’s materials recycling facilities (MRFs) for the first quarter of 2018 was the lowest recorded since reporting began. In total, 84.9% of material received was target … Read More

recycling targets

ESA calls for end to weight-based targets

ESA calls for end to weight-based targets The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has said recycling targets should not rely on weight-based measurements but instead use alternative methods such as carbon metrics, depending on the material stream. A report for the … Read More

European waste bodies back recycled content push

European waste bodies back recycled content push Two bodies representing the EU waste management and recycling industries have backed European Parliament proposals to include at least 25% recycled plastics in new drinks containers by 2025. In a joint statement, FEAD, … Read More

Industry call for tougher controls on carriers, brokers and dealers

Industry call for tougher controls on carriers, brokers and dealers Waste operators should be able to demonstrate competence, responsibility and transparency as part of tougher controls to combat waste crime, according to a cross-sector group of experts. The group includes … Read More

packaging

Councils call for ban on low-grade plastic packaging

Councils call for ban on low-grade plastic packaging The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged the Government to consider banning low-grade single-use plastic packaging, after revealing that just a third of household plastic can be recycled. In a report, the … Read More

recycling

Northern Ireland recycling rate rises

Northern Ireland recycling rate rises Northern Ireland’s municipal waste recycling rate has risen by 3.9 to 43.6% in the first three months of 2018. The nations’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs published its municipal waste management statistics for … Read More

recycling

WRAP finds ‘local’ flats recycling approach can help

WRAP finds ‘local’ flats recycling approach can help WRAP has published a report looking to “identify and test measures” to help local authorities improve recycling, particularly on flatted properties within UK cities and urban areas. Some of the findings of … Read More