Despite hating rubbish, 94% of Brits wouldn’t stop a litterbug

Only 3% think they would confront a litter lout, depending on the circumstances

‘Global governments must unlock hidden waste treasure’

A new report calls for international leaders to demonstrate the impact recycling can have on improving the environment

Morrisons bins single-use plastic bags

Morrisons is the latest supermarket to announce it will scrap single-use carrier bags. In a move to slash the amount of plastic waste it generates, the retailer will start phasing out the plastic bags from the beginning of March. It will mean customers will have to bring their own bags or pay 10p for a […]

Cheers to sustainability with biodegradable beer packaging

  A company has invented edible and biodegradable six-pack holders for beer cans. E6PR, which is short for ‘eco six-pack ring’, has developed the green packaging to reduce pollution in the oceans and avoid animals being harmed by trying to eat plastic or being strangled by it. The new holder, made from wheat and barley […]

Aldi commits to halving food waste by 2030

Aldi has committed to halving food waste in its business by 2030. The supermarket chain made the announcement as it joined the Champions 12.3 network, which aims to reduce food waste in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It will also work with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to better engage its […]

Baltimore bins smarten up

A network of smart rubbish bins are to be deployed in Baltimore, with the aim of increasing collection efficiency. The US city has announced it will spend $15 million (£10.6m) on rolling out 4,000 of the sensor-equipped, solar-powered receptacles – they will let sanitation workers know if they are need of emptying via Wi-Fi. The city […]

Environment Agency to crack down on illegal waste

The Environment Agency (EA) is to introduce new powers to tackle the serious problem of waste crime and open a consultation surrounding the crack-down on illegal sites. That’s according to Environment Minister Therese Coffey, who said waste crime cost England more than £600 million in 2015, including lost landfill tax revenues and clean-up costs. She […]

Scotland to ban plastic buds

The manufacture of plastic-stemmed cotton buds is to be banned under new plans from the Scottish Government. The move follows concerns about the number of buds being washed up on beaches after being flushed down toilets. Many large retailers have already switched to paper-based biodegradable alternatives following an environmental campaign but plastic ones are still being […]

Storm Eleanor causes “tidal wave of waste”

Storm Eleanor has left beaches across Cornwall littered with significant amounts of waste. That’s according to campaign group #2minutebeachclean, which says rough seas caused by the 100mph winds brought accumulated rubbish on the seabed up to the surface of the water. This was then washed ashore by powerful waves, leaving a “tidal wave of waste” […]

Bossy bins tell you where to throw your trash

  A new machine can correctly identify different kinds of waste and instruct which bin they should be placed into. The UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable cups each year, with very few being recycled – consumers are often confused about whether they should go in the general waste, recycling or composting waste bin. Cambridge […]