Waste News


What’s happening out there? Who is making changes to help or hinder the reduction of waste? New technologies and products are emerging all the time. Some may well hold the answer to our environmental challenges and some will make things worse. We report on news stories and events from our own back-yard to across the world.

New recycling plant to create a virtuous circle for plastic

Filed in Waste News by on June 8, 2008 0 Comments
New recycling plant to create a virtuous circle for plastic

A small corner of east London is set to help tackle the UK’s waste mountain by turning used drinks bottles into safe, reusable food packaging. By Rachel Shields, Independent newspaper Sunday, 8 June 2008 As a new survey reveals that packaging waste is now the biggest environmental concern in the UK, Britain is poised to […]

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Wanna hear the latest plastics recycling gossip?

Filed in Waste News by on June 7, 2008 1 Comment
Wanna hear the latest plastics recycling gossip?

The astonishing, absolutely agonisingly atrociously amazing Almost Mrs Average snuck in through the back door of this week’s WRAP conference to listen to very important people discussing very important research and findings into the future of mixed plastics recycling.

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Call to extend plastics recycling

Filed in Waste News by on June 6, 2008 5 Comments
Call to extend plastics recycling

Well, this is wonderful news – let’s hope things start to progress even more now with recycling plastics 🙂 From BBC News Thursday 5 June 2008 Mixed plastic items such as salad bags and yoghurt pots can be recycled cost effectively, the government’s waste watchdog has said. The Waste Recycling and Action Programme (Wrap) has […]

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Defra launches “on-the-go” recycling drive

Filed in Waste News by on June 4, 2008 2 Comments
Defra launches “on-the-go” recycling drive

Defra has launched a major initiative in an attempt to increase the provision of recycling bins in public places, with the publication of a good practice guide and voluntary code of practice for on-the-go recycling. The ‘Recycle on the Go’ documents aim to make it easier for councils, businesses and any other organisations that are […]

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Packaging helps supermarkets bag top spots in green poll

Filed in Waste News by on June 2, 2008 0 Comments
Packaging helps supermarkets bag top spots in green poll

Katie Allen, The Guardian, Monday June 2, 2008. High-profile green advertising campaigns by supermarkets appear to be paying off with five of the country’s biggest grocers coming out top in a survey of the most environmentally friendly brands. Campaigns to discourage plastic bag use and an emphasis on less packaging helped Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, […]

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WCI student isolates microbe that lunches on plastic bags

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WCI student isolates microbe that lunches on plastic bags

by Karen Kawawada at The Record. May 22 2008. Getting ordinary plastic bags to rot away like banana peels would be an environmental dream come true. After all, we produce 500 billion a year worldwide and they take up to 1,000 years to decompose. They take up space in landfills, litter our streets and parks, […]

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Supermarkets failing to reduce packaging

Filed in Waste News by on May 29, 2008 13 Comments
Supermarkets failing to reduce packaging

by Karen McVeigh, The Guardian, Thursday May 29, 2008. Supermarkets are falling behind local high street retailers and markets in reducing packaging waste, a survey has found. Up to 38% of food packaging in a typical supermarket shopping basket cannot be recycled, according to a report by the Local Government Association. Its second investigation into […]

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