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, [...]

21 Oct, 2020

US chemical industry overreaches by invoking USMCA

By |2020-10-21T09:06:29+00:00October 21st, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on US chemical industry overreaches by invoking USMCA

The world is drowning in plastic. The sheer volume and variety of plastics on the market, and its persistence in nature, create significant risks for human and animal health and the survival of sensitive ecosystems. While Canada proposes regulating plastics as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and to ban [...]

21 Oct, 2020

19-year study shows we’ve been undervaluing how much compost can boost carbon capture

By |2020-10-21T08:35:47+00:00October 21st, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on 19-year study shows we’ve been undervaluing how much compost can boost carbon capture

It's no secret that organic farmers believe in compost, but just what role compost plays in soil's ability to store carbon - and keep it out of the atmosphere, where it contributes to climate change - has been less clear. A recent study out of the University of California, Davis suggests that compost plays a [...]

18 Sep, 2020

Small businesses make strides in compostable packaging

By |2020-09-18T06:33:33+00:00September 18th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on Small businesses make strides in compostable packaging

For years, plastic has played an important role in the food and drink sector by protecting goods from damage and ensuring a longer shelf life. But with the UK generating around 2.4 million tonnes per year of packaging waste, according to circular economy experts at WRAP, the industry is facing a crisis. “Plastic [...]

26 Aug, 2020

South Korea once recycled 2% of its food waste. Now it recycles 95%

By |2020-08-26T08:48:47+00:00August 26th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on South Korea once recycled 2% of its food waste. Now it recycles 95%

The world wastes more than 1.3 billion tonnes of food each year. The planet’s 1 billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food wasted in the US and Europe. In a recent report, the World Economic Forum identified cutting food waste by up to 20 million tonnes as one [...]

14 Aug, 2020

AORA: Four Corners Plastic Wars has lessons for Aus

By |2020-08-14T17:22:38+00:00August 14th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on AORA: Four Corners Plastic Wars has lessons for Aus

The Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA), the national voice of the organics recycling industry, believes Plastic Wars, featured on Four Corners, contains valuable lessons for Australia in better managing its waste and recycling tasks. Plastic Wars, a PBS Frontline production from the USA, was featured on Four Corners on 10 August and provides [...]

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