UN organisations commit to e-waste management

In 2016, around 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated globally

EU member states back new waste management rules

Member states have endorsed the provisional agreement on improving waste management across the EU. The new rules establish legally binding targets for recycling waste used in packaging and the reduction of landfilling with fixed deadlines. They include targets for cutting the amount of municipal waste that is landfilled – 55% by 2025, 60% by 2030 […]

Hull University leads £3.8m EU waste project

A £3.8 million project investigating sustainability and waste minimisation across Europe has been launched by the University of Hull. The EU-funded Horizon 2020 project aims to achieve a more circular economy across the continent, which would use resources for as long as possible before reusing or recycling their component materials. It hopes to deliver 15 […]

Lords warn urgent action needed on waste management after Brexit

The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee is warning urgent action will be needed from the UK Government on waste management after Brexit. The Committee has written to Defra Minister Therese Coffey MP, urging her to provide clarity on the post-Brexit trade arrangements for waste. It follows an evidence session with industry experts, […]

Waste criminals leave landowners with £750k bill

Landowners in the North-East of England have been left with a £750,000 clean-up bill after waste was illegally dumped on their properties. The Environment Agency (EA) says there were 11 separate incidents in the region over the year, with thousands of tonnes of baled rubbish being left at farms, industrial units and the side of […]

UK public ‘confused and concerned about recycling’

The UK public is more confused than ever about how their waste is being recycled and managed. That’s according to a new report from recycling and waste management firm Viridor, which highlights public frustration with product labelling and recycling collection systems, as well as a lack of confidence in those responsible for managing waste. It […]

Waste criminal gets 15 months behind bars

A waste criminal has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and disqualified from managing companies for six years. Barry Kilroe was found to have run three waste sites unlawfully, after his actions resulted in the closure of the M60, polluted a river and blighted local communities. He pled guilty to 10 charges relating to […]

Birmingham offers £500 to aspiring green filmmakers

Birmingham City Council is offering a £500 prize for social media videos showcasing how best to deal with waste. In a bid to reduce rubbish and litter across the city, the Zero Hero Challenge is encouraging Birmingham’s 65,000 students to create their own viral videos about how to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible. The competition has been […]

Britain’s air quality ‘among the worst in Europe’

Britain’s air quality is among the worst in Europe. That’s according to a new report from MoneySuperMarket, which studies how individual citizens from 102 different countries negatively affect their environment. Although Britain managed to rank 53rd overall for the least damaging per capita impact, placing it above France, Germany and the US, it compares poorly with regards to energy usage and air pollution. […]

Green waste projects on the rubbish heap

Planning applications to build new green waste management sites have dropped by 20% since last year. That’s according to a new report from commercial law firm EMW, which shows the figure fell to 189 in 2015/16 from 237 in 2014/15, a five-year low. These figures include applications for materials recycling sites, composting and anaerobic digestion centres and incineration […]