Heathrow’s plastic cup pollution to make an early landing

It hopes to standardise and recycle 100% of its single-use coffee cups by the end of 2018

Costa pledges to recycle half a billion disposable cups a year

It will pay a supplement of £70 to waste collectors for every tonne of cups recycled

UK to introduce deposit return scheme for single-use bottles

Consumers use an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year but more than three billion are not recycled

InterChem invests £1m in recycling firm

Recycling Technologies recycles all types of plastics, including films, coloured and laminated plastics such as crisp packages and food pouches

Spring Statement: Chancellor consults on tax charges to tackle plastic waste

Philip Hammond said money raised from any tax changes would be invested in developing new, greener products and processes

New £10m recycling facility turns glass into insulation

The plant at St Helens is capable of processing more than 60,000 tonnes of used glass bottles and jars

Welsh councils granted £7.5m to boost recycling

Recycling in Wales is currently said to be 12% above the UK average

‘Government response to coffee cup waste has gone cold’

The government has not promised any decisive action to solve the UK’s coffee cup waste issue. That’s according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), which says the government’s response to its latest report on the problem is lacking. It says rather than following the recommendation to introduce a 25p ‘latte levy’, similar to the 5p […]

New EU hub on how best to recycle electronic waste

A new online platform aimed at providing a range of information and guidance on how best to recycle electronic waste (e-waste) in Europe has been launched. The Information for Recyclers Platform (I4R) will allow recyclers to access information about the presence and location of materials and components that need separate treatment. It is a collaboration […]

Water way to reduce waste

Harrogate Water’s plastic bottles will be made of at least 50% recycled content by 2018. The company says it has secured enough recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic to achieve this goal. None of the company’s waste currently goes to landfill. The firm says the sustainable credentials of its plastics will soon match its glass bottles, […]