Renewable materials and energy – the answer to net zero plastics?

A new report suggests zero-emission plastics are a possibility and the only thing halting progress ‘is the will’

South Korea to host ‘Asia’s first’ polypropylene plastic waste recycling facility

The plant in Ulsan is expected to have an annual capacity to process 60,000 tons of plastic waste

West Midlands village to give dead EV batteries a second life

Veolia will build a new facility that is predicted to process 20% of the UK’s end of life EV batteries by 2024

US small businesses awarded $35m for clean energy and climate solutions

The technologies include climate research tools, improved batteries for EVs and commercialising a new low cost and efficient hydrogen energy storage system

England missed household waste recycling target

Recycling from household waste fell by 1.5% in 2020, according to official data

Scotland’s deposit return scheme to go live in 2023

Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater set out plans for a phased implementation of the scheme and said the target of achieving 90% collection rates by 2024 will be maintained

Aldi pays back customers for recycled plastic bottles

Customers are able to return plastic or glass bottles and aluminium cans in exchange for vouchers worth up to £5

Manufacturer eyes zero waste wind turbine blades by 2030

LM Wind Power aims to send no excess manufacturing materials to landfills without energy recovery

‘UK’s first’ wind turbine blade recycling project gets go-ahead

The government has awarded £1.3 million to the project

China to recycle 150k tonnes of CO2 to make solar panel materials

The plant’s annual use of CO2 will equal the effect of taking 53,000 polluting cars off the roads