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2 Jun, 2021

European Commission publishes new SUP guidelines

By |2021-06-02T14:21:50+00:00June 2nd, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on European Commission publishes new SUP guidelines

On 31 May the EU Commission published the long awaited and delayed SUP guidelines, which aim to support Member States in the implementation of the Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Directive at national level by 3 July 2021. The EU Commission also published a Q&A on the application of SUP rules, as it can be expected that [...]

5 May, 2021

Benefits of compost highlighted during International Compost Awareness Week 2021

By |2021-05-05T12:08:39+00:00May 5th, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on Benefits of compost highlighted during International Compost Awareness Week 2021

Compost organisations around the world have joined forces to highlight how composting can recycle carbon, help mitigate climate change and feed the soil. International Compost Awareness Week (2-8 May) showcases how recycling organic wastes into compost can benefit the environment and people by locking up carbon in soil, returning nutrients to degraded land while also [...]

15 Apr, 2021

We are living in a climate emergency, and we’re going to say so

By |2021-04-15T10:58:01+00:00April 15th, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on We are living in a climate emergency, and we’re going to say so

Scientific American has agreed with major news outlets worldwide to start using the term “climate emergency” in its coverage of climate change. An official statement about this decision, and the impact it hopes it can have throughout the media landscape, is below. This idea is not a journalistic fancy. We are on solid scientific ground. [...]

30 Mar, 2021

Report advises Whitehall to back compostable materials to increase food waste recycling

By |2021-03-30T13:47:12+00:00March 30th, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on Report advises Whitehall to back compostable materials to increase food waste recycling

The report, produced by Ricardo Energy, spoke to experts across the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain on the potential for compostable packaging to increase the amount of food waste captured for recycling and limit plastic contamination in organic waste streams. The Government is committed to rolling out separate household food waste collections across the [...]

4 Feb, 2021

Development of biodegradable plastic from marine seaweed 

By |2021-02-04T16:18:38+00:00February 4th, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on Development of biodegradable plastic from marine seaweed 

The National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has developed a bio-plastic film using marine seaweed and PEG-3000 which could have a huge impact on limiting the usage of non-biodegradable plastics and a game-changer in the plastic industry. Bio-plastic films safely breakdown in the environment without leaving any toxicity. The physical and mechanical properties of bio-plastic [...]

4 Feb, 2021

There is an alarming amount of microplastics in farm soil and our food supply

By |2021-02-04T16:16:17+00:00February 4th, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on There is an alarming amount of microplastics in farm soil and our food supply

Microplastics, loosely defined as plastic pieces smaller than 5 millimeters across, or roughly the size of a small grain of rice, have made their mark on both the global ecosystem and the popular consciousness, famously killing seabirds and raining down on wilderness areas. And while the impacts of ocean microplastics have been the subject of significant [...]

2 Dec, 2020

Webinar: Circular Towns – driving sustainability in the built environment

By |2020-12-02T16:20:29+00:00December 2nd, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on Webinar: Circular Towns – driving sustainability in the built environment

Against a backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and a subsequent green recovery, targets to mitigate the impacts of climate change, and Brexit, this webinar will explore how towns, villages and communities across Wales can implement circular solutions, helping to move the country closer to a circular economy. Join a panel of experts and government representatives [...]

2 Dec, 2020

UK Government announces separate food waste collections in Spending Review

By |2020-12-02T13:05:47+00:00December 2nd, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on UK Government announces separate food waste collections in Spending Review

This year’s spending review for 2021-22, delivered by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on 25 November, highlighted the particular importance of implementing ‘consistent’ waste collection systems – including food waste – across local authorities in England. Building on the Environment Bill and Resources and Waste Strategy, in which the Government has promised separate collections [...]

30 Nov, 2020

BPF believes PAS 9017 will not help provide a solution for littering

By |2020-12-02T13:11:45+00:00November 30th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on BPF believes PAS 9017 will not help provide a solution for littering

The BPF strongly advocates the enabling of circularity in the use of plastics - the value of materials and resources should be kept in use and always be prioritised. Plastic that break down at an accelerated rate are not a solution to littering. Also, the environment in which plastics are littered cannot be controlled or [...]

6 Nov, 2020

EPR for compostable food packaging in the UK

By |2020-11-06T10:44:51+00:00November 6th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on EPR for compostable food packaging in the UK

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) has arrived in the UK for compostable food packaging. Vegware, a compostable products supplier based in Scotland and also active in the USA, began its partnership with the composting sector in 2010 to enable its clients to access commercial composting. Eilidh Brunton, senior waste management consultant at Vegware, [...]