Optical sorting machine
Unilever says its a wrap on black plastic waste

The consumer goods giant has developed a new black plastic pigment meaning bottles can be detected and recycled by optical sorting machines

Plastic bottles
Drinks firms join Carbios consortium to digest plastic waste with enzymes

Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe have signed up to the pact to help bring the technology to market on an industrial scale

Easter eggs
Vast majority of people in UK would choose a greener Easter egg

Around 61% of people said they were prepared to pay extra for products to come in more sustainable packaging

Sir David Attenborough
Has the ‘Attenborough effect’ led to a 53% fall in single-use plastic use?

A new study suggests that TV programmes such as Blue Planet II may have influenced the public to be more conscious of the waste they produce

Coloured bin bags
Swiss city of Bern cuts residual waste by 20% with six-way recycling stream

Around 2,500 people across the city participated in a trial which saw them separate their household waste into a range of different coloured bin bags for easier sorting

Household waste
Trials to turn waste to hot water fire up across UK

HERU technology converts a wide range of rubbish into usable heat and gas

Iceland trials plastic-free fruit and veg packaging

The supermarket aims to test whether its consumers are willing to buy loose produce in a bid to reduce waste and protect the planet

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

Paper bags being trialled at Morrisons
Morrisons unveils new plans to get sustainable shopping in the bag

The supermarket is trialling a rollout of paper bags at its check-outs and raising the price of plastic bags

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