Major milestone for Foreign Office in cutting plastic use

It has eliminated 97% of single-use plastics from its UK estate since February

‘Record-breaking’ public support to use tax system to tackle plastic waste

The government’s recent call for evidence attracted an ‘unprecedented’ 162,000 responses

Scottish Government bans single-use cups from its buildings

It hopes to prevent as many as 450,000 cups from being thrown away every year

Boston Tea Party ‘first’ to ban plastic coffee cups

It will only sell hot drinks in reusable cups from 1st June 2018

Costa pledges to recycle half a billion disposable cups a year

It will pay a supplement of £70 to waste collectors for every tonne of cups recycled

BBC to ban single-use plastics by 2020

The BBC has announced it will ban all single-use plastics from its operations by 2020. It comes in the wake of its landmark Blue Planet II series, which highlighted plastic pollution in the ocean. Plastic cups and cutlery are to be scrapped by the end of this year, followed by plastic containers in canteens by […]

Bossy bins tell you where to throw your trash

  A new machine can correctly identify different kinds of waste and instruct which bin they should be placed into. The UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable cups each year, with very few being recycled – consumers are often confused about whether they should go in the general waste, recycling or composting waste bin. Cambridge […]

MPs relaunch inquiry into plastic bottles recycling

  The Environmental Audit Committee is relaunching its predecessor’s inquiry into disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles. The new inquiry will look into the viability of deposit schemes and taxes as ways to reduce impact of plastic waste on the environment. It also aims to examine if charges should be put on the use of […]