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SEAT plans to double down on waste reduction by 2025

The car giant aims to slash the amount of waste it produces by 60% over the next six years

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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

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Waitrose announces recipients of £1m plastic-reduction prize

The supermarket giant’s money will help reduce fishing nets getting lost, use fungus to digest plastic and allow mussels to filter seawater

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Plastic bag bans ‘can slash air pollution’

A new study published by UN Environment highlights that incineration of plastic waste is a major source of toxic fumes, especially in continents such as Africa

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Radiation-mapping drones identify new hotspots at Chernobyl

Researchers say the drones provide the capability to monitor radioactive sites and respond to nuclear incidents without exposing humans to risk

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Sainsbury’s to phase out black plastic by March 2020

The supermarket’s pledge comes as part of a wider promise to remove 1,280 tonnes of plastic from products over the next year

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Sugar company launches challenge to reduce water waste from irrigation

AB Sugar has invited people from around the world to submit ideas on how to stop water being wasted in the agricultural sector

Environment Agency uses new legal powers to block illegal waste site

The regulator can apply for a Restriction Order to the court to prohibit access to – and the transfer of waste into – premises or a specified part of premises

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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

Fortum Glasgow snaps up proposed South Clyde Energy Centre

The site has secured planning permission for an energy recovery plant, which could treat up to 350,000 tonnes of waste a year