Tesco to ban brands that use excessive plastic packaging

The supermarket will remove all non-recyclable and hard to recycle materials from its own products

WHO calls for urgent research after microplastics found in drinking water

Plastic bottles and caps used in bottled water could be sources of microplastics but data is ‘extremely limited’

Waitrose continues war on plastic with packaging-free trial extension

A dedicated refill zone with dispensers will have more than 200 products including pasta, fruits and vegetables, coffee, wine and beer

Holiday Inn owner pledges to check out mini plastic toiletries

InterContinental Hotels Group is switching to bulk-sized toiletries or refillable bottles across more than 5,600 of its hotels worldwide

UK condemns shipments of illegal plastic waste to Malaysia

Individuals found to be exporting incorrectly described waste could face two years in jail or an unlimited fine in the UK

Malaysia to send plastic waste back to UK and other foreign countries

One UK recycling company is said to have exported more than 50,000 metric tonnes of plastic waste to Malaysia over the past two years

Theresa May to step down as prime minister

She said she is ‘proud’ of the progress made in eliminating plastic waste, tackling climate change and improving air quality

Global nations, apart from US, agree pact to cut plastic pollution

They amended the Basel Convention to include plastic waste as a legally binding framework

Wales offers £6.5m to boost use of recycled materials

Businesses can apply for grants of between £25k and £750k for circular economy projects

Short Fuse Episode 36

Short Fuse episode featuring the latest energy news and insights.