Four next-gen plastic recycling facilities secure £20m

UK Research and Innovation says it is investing in ‘cutting edge’ facilities that are expected to increase the available recycling capacity and expand the range of plastics being recycled

Transatlantic scientific venture creates enzyme cocktail to quickly digest plastic

The innovation could be used in large-scale industrial recycling processes and ‘could create a revolution’ in the treatment of plastic waste

Carbon emissions from Scotland’s waste hit ‘record low’ in 2018

In 2018, emissions related to the country’s waste were 30% below the 2011 baseline, according to a Zero Waste Scotland report

Project converts plastic bottles into PPE suits for Thai hospitals

HSBC has joined the initiative by donating empty drinking bottles used by its staff

New South Wales invests AUD$10m to slash landfilling of solar and battery systems

The scheme aims to futureproof the region’s waste management against the growing stream of old renewable projects

Waste-to-energy plant reaches one million tonnes of non-recyclables milestone

Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility in Wales receives 350,000 tonnes of residual waste every year

UK targets 65% municipal recycling waste by 2035

The Circular Economy Package also aims to have no more than 10% of municipal waste going to landfill during the same period

‘Almost 30% of Britons don’t know fly-tipping is breaking the law’

One in eight UK residents admit to illegal fly-tipping, according to a new report

‘UK households waste 30% more food’ as lockdown eases

People who worked fewer hours or were furloughed during the lockdown and those with children who returned to school post-lockdown generate more food waste, according to a new report

France to issue fines as high as €135 for dropping masks and gloves on the streets

This is part of a campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the risk of microplastics spreading in the air, water and food chain