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Compostables: rubbish or realistic?

Compostable packaging looks good in theory, but is it ending up in the wrong place, or worse: doing more harm than good?

In February, BBC Wales ran the following headline: “Plant-based compostable plastics going to landfill.” Only one of ...

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The problem with plastic film recycling

As more of us aim to do our bit for the environment by recycling as much as we can, many people are still left confused about what can and can’t be recycled.

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Understanding consumer trends for WEEE

Last month, the WEEE Forum made a call for the next European Commission to make quality standards for WEEE treatment legally binding.

Despite the UK’s exit from the European Union, this could mean great things for its current dwindling ...


Using plastic to build the driveways of the future

Back in 2018, the government introduced a law for all large shops in England to charge 5p for single-use plastic carrier bags.

The sales of these carrier bags have since fallen by 86% as a result. This new law has made many individuals ...


Can e-commerce packaging be sustainable?

Milkmen (or women) collecting empty glass bottles outside the front door may seem like a thing of the past, but the idea of reuse certainly isn’t.

That’s why TerraCycle made headlines across the globe last month after announcing its new ...


How Internet of Things technology can reduce food waste

Embracing technology as part of the drive to reduce food loss and waste is fundamental in keeping the food system within environmental limits and ensuring the global population can be sustainably fed by 2050, according to a recent study.


Energy from Waste predictions for 2019

From the Chancellor’s coffee cup levy proposal, to the implementation of deposit return schemes, 2018 was not only a key year for the war against single-use plastics, but also in re-evaluating the resource potential of waste.

There has ...


Was the Resources and Waste Strategy worth the wait?

Just before Christmas, Defra published England’s first new waste strategy for 11 years.

A lot has happened during that time – the industry is dealing with resources just as much as it is residual waste materials, and the notion of a ...



Building the future of metals recycling

While apprenticeships have their routes in the medieval craft guilds of the Middle Ages, it was the Statute of Artificers 1563 that introduced an official national apprenticeship system.

The Act of Parliament, which was a means of ...

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