Plastic waste ‘impairs kidney function and raises cholesterol levels in birds’

New research has found that although most birds only eat a few small pieces of plastic, that doesn’t mean they’re not seriously affected

McDonald’s admits ‘sustainable’ paper straws can’t currently be recycled

The fast food giant said this is despite previous plastic versions, which were phased out, being recyclable

Donald Trump: ‘Make plastic straws great again’

The President’s website claims more environmentally-friendly “liberal paper straws don’t work”

Could menstrual cups help bin plastic waste?

A new report suggests they could not only improve women’s health, comfort and bank account – they could also help slash their environmental footprint

Jaguar Land Rover explores using recycled plastic on its cars

The car giant is working with German chemical company BASF to develop the ‘premium-grade’ material

Government ‘must give local authorities more flexibility on waste’

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee says councils must have the freedom to develop their own recycling strategies

Plastic straws are one thing… but what about banning balloons?!

Government officials in the US state of Maryland are working to introduce a new bill to stop plastic balloons littering the environment

UK bins nearly £10bn worth of food every year

A new survey suggests each adult in the UK throws away an average of £6.84 of unused food each week

Bali puts single-use plastic on a permanent gap year with wide-ranging ban

The move aims to stop items such as plastic bottles, carrier bags, coffee cups and polystyrene packaging ending up in the ocean

North London’s nappies ‘significantly hindering recycling efforts’

The North London Waste Authority says contamination mean the recycling efforts of more than 1,000 households are regularly wasted