Croatia referred to EU court over industrial waste failure

The European Commission said the waste should have been managed by the end of 2015 at the latest but there has been no progress

L’Oreal says landfill gas energy is worth it

Cosmetics giant L’Oreal has announced it is planning to use green gas from landfill sites to provide renewable power to its facilities in the US

EU member states back new waste management rules

Member states have endorsed the provisional agreement on improving waste management across the EU. The new rules establish legally binding targets for recycling waste used in packaging and the reduction of landfilling with fixed deadlines. They include targets for cutting the amount of municipal waste that is landfilled – 55% by 2025, 60% by 2030 […]

Lords warn urgent action needed on waste management after Brexit

The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee is warning urgent action will be needed from the UK Government on waste management after Brexit. The Committee has written to Defra Minister Therese Coffey MP, urging her to provide clarity on the post-Brexit trade arrangements for waste. It follows an evidence session with industry experts, […]

Food waste collections ‘needed to get London green’

London could slash landfill volumes by introducing separate food waste collections. That’s according to a new report from the London Assembly Environment Committee, which suggests the capital can become more sustainable and create new jobs by adopting a circular economy model where recycling, reusing and reducing waste are prioritised. It shows in 2016, local authorities […]

Zero Waste Week calls for less to landfill!

  This year’s Zero Waste Week has arrived! Running for the first week of September every year, Zero Waste Week is the annual awareness campaign for reducing the global volume of waste sent to landfill. In the UK, each person throws away five times their own body weight in waste per year – much of […]

Old rubbish dumps to produce green power

Resource management firm Veolia is to generate green energy from its former landfill sites. It is looking to better utilise the sites and add value as part of its landfill restoration programme, with the installation of solar arrays. The company has been granted planning permission for three sites: Netley in Hampshire, Ling Hall in Warwickshire […]

‘Plastic’s not so fantastic’ says ecologist

Humans have produced eight billion tonnes of plastic since the 1950s, enough to cover the entire surface of Argentina. That’s according to a new study led by Industrial Ecologist Roland Geyer from the University of California, which suggests most of this material now resides in landfills or litters forests and oceans. The professor found global production […]

M&S saves plastic with efficient food packaging

M&S has slashed the amount of plastic used in its new range of food packaging. In a move to cut unnecessary waste, the multinational retailer has put more than 140 of its most popular products into smaller bags made of thinner, tougher polymers. By reducing the size of the air pocket in snacks such as […]

EU takes Italy to court over unsafe landfills

The EU is taking Italy to court for its failure to sort out or close down 44 unsafe landfill sites. Despite earlier warnings, the country has failed to take action, despite suggestions the facilities could pose serious risks for human health and the environment. Like other Member States, Italy was obliged to either rehabilitate existing and permit-granted landfills by 16 July […]