Government considers e-waste obligation for online retailers

By the end of 2021, online businesses may have to follow an equal obligation to collect old devices from customers

Circular economy: New coalition launched for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Regional Coalition on Circular Economy will support access to financing by governments and the private sector, with special emphasis on small and medium businesses

New national circular economy research hub to be based at University of Exeter

It forms part of a £30m programme to move the UK towards a circular economy, in which waste products and materials are reused, repaired or recycled to extend their lifecycle

EU proposes stricter regulations for sustainable development of batteries

Batteries used in industry, automotive and electric vehicles must have restricted use of hazardous substances, minimum content of recycled materials and a low carbon footprint

Record year for recycling in Wales as it exceeds 64% target

It has achieved a recycling rate of 65.14%, with 18 of the 22 local authorities having delivered against the increased target in the very first year

Wales launches £3.5m fund for circular economy projects

Projects must support the transition towards a zero waste and zero carbon Wales by keeping materials in circulation for as long as possible and avoiding waste

Five new circular economy centres backed with £22.5m government funding

They will explore how reusing waste materials in the textiles, construction, chemical and metal industries could deliver environmental benefits

Scotland unveils plans for new Centre of Expertise in Biodiversity

It will bring together experts who will advise policymakers in government, local authorities and public bodies on how best to tackle biodiversity loss

Borealis granted €250m to develop circular economy solutions for plastics

It will enable the company to intensify the development of polyolefins-based circular solutions used in a wide range of applications in consumers products, packaging and power transmission cabling

Two-thirds of UK’s branded food packaging ‘is not fully recyclable’

An analysis of 89 popular branded groceries also showed four-in-ten products had no labelling to show if they could be recycled