Scottish local authorities granted £3.4m to boost recycling rates

Aberdeen City, Perth and Kinross will implement projects that have the potential to reduce carbon emissions by more than 8,000 tonnes a year

US seeks views for new $375m recycling and waste prevention programmes

The Environmental Protection Agency has published three Requests for Information, inviting interested individuals and organisations to share their views

Scottish Government seeks views on circular economy proposals

Key proposals set out in the Circular Economy Bill and Waste Route Map include banning the destruction of unsold goods to ensure products never end up in landfills or are incinerated

Major £30m national circular economy research programme launches

It aims to deliver environmental and economic benefits by helping industry and society to use fewer resources and reuse and recover products and materials instead of disposing of them after use

New national circular economy research hub to be based at University of Exeter

It forms part of a £30m programme to move the UK towards a circular economy, in which waste products and materials are reused, repaired or recycled to extend their lifecycle

Record year for recycling in Wales as it exceeds 64% target

It has achieved a recycling rate of 65.14%, with 18 of the 22 local authorities having delivered against the increased target in the very first year

Five new circular economy centres backed with £22.5m government funding

They will explore how reusing waste materials in the textiles, construction, chemical and metal industries could deliver environmental benefits

Total Lubrifiants launches range of recycled hydraulic fluids for industrial use

The firm claims they are ten-times less energy-intensive to produce than traditional options

John Lewis pilots sustainability initiatives at Oxford store

It aims to encourage ‘reduce, reuse and return’ among its customers and will test eight ways in which the retailer and its customers can reduce their impact on the planet

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