Aldi to trial plastic-free veg at its stores in England

It follows a ‘very positive reception’ during its trials in Scotland

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Urgent action ‘needed to improve support for vulnerable customers’

A new report calls for suppliers, regulators and government, as well as other organisations to do more to identify and assist struggling billpayers

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Ban on plastic straws and cotton buds in England from April 2020

The government said it received ‘overwhelming public support’ for the move

Climate change: Government offers £10m to plant 130,000 trees

Trees store carbon and can help make towns and cities more resilient

Local authorities granted £3m for cleaner air

The money from the government’s Air Quality Grant will be shared by 23 councils

Businesses offered £2m to gear up for sustainable deliveries

Applicants can benefit from funding for up to 20% of the cost of a new electric cargo bike

Local authorities granted £25m to roll out greener buses

They will be able to use the funds to upgrade buses with technology to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions

UK announces £9.75m cash boost for councils to clean up high streets

It comes ahead of the ‘National High Street Perfect Day’, a locally led and funded community clean-up planned for this summer

Fastned to build five fast charging stations in Northern England

The firm says the devices will be used to supply 100% renewable electricity to drivers

Environment Agency sting targets 30 illegal waste sites

Those convicted of illegal waste activity face extensive fines and prison sentences, in some cases