Government consults on new tax for plastic packaging producers

It would be imposed on plastic packaging that do not meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content

World produced 44m tonnes of e-waste in 2017

A new report reveals the annual value of global e-waste is more than £48.5bn

Leeds fraudster given longest prison sentence for environmental crime

He is serving seven years and six months in prison and has also been ordered to pay back more than £1.3m

Coffee cups
Glasgow’s single-use plastic cups get binned in new scheme

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Cup Movement will see convenient recycling points installed across the city

Waitrose launches £1m fund to crackdown on plastic pollution

It is inviting applications from charities, academic institutions, social enterprises, schools and colleges until 24th January

Electronic waste
Electronic waste RAM-ming landfills worth $62bn

A new report shows this is three-times the value of all silver produced each year

Plastic waste
Teysha Technologies develops biodegradable plastic alternatives

Its AggiePol bio-plastic is derived from sustainable, natural feedstocks such as starches and agricultural waste

Highland Spring launches 100% recycled plastic bottles

It has announced the bottle will be a permanent part of its range offered in the UK

Ribena cartons
Ribena unveils berry sustainable new packaging

It will use recycled cardboard trays and less environmentally-intensive plastic bottles

Contact lens being placed in eye
UK eyes its first contact lens recycling scheme

The scheme is a collaboration between Johnson & Johnson Vision and recycling firm TerraCycle