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Biffa opens £27.5m plastic recycling plant

Biffa opened its new £27.5m state-of-the-art PET plastic bottle recycling facility today in Seaham, County Durham.

The plant is able to convert 57,000 tonnes of PET plastic each year, equivalent to 1.3b plastic bottles. Biffa will convert ...

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Cup recycling programme launched in Bristol

Bristol Waste Company has today launched a cup recycling programme aimed at giving new life to used paper coffee cups.

The For Cups’ Sake campaign will see the waste company install 100 paper recycling bins along key commuter routes and ...


Asda launches ocean plastic clean-up initiative

Asda last week launched an initiative to capture ocean plastic on fishing vessels so it can be brought ashore with the day’s catch and safely disposed of.

The Fishing for Plastic scheme will see the supermarket giant equip all its fish ...



Tesco scraps tinned multipacks, cutting plastic

Tesco has announced it will eliminate plastic-wrapped tinned multipacks in its stores, cutting 350 tonnes of plastic each year.

Instead, customers will be able to purchase multiple loose tins for the same multibuy price. Products included ...


Food waste drops by 480,000 tonnes

Total food waste levels in the UK fell by 480,000 tonnes between 2015 and 2018, WRAP’s latest Courtauld Commitment 2025 milestone report shows.

The figure represents an encouraging 7% reduction in food waste per person and savings for ...


Climate Assembly UK to meet for first time

Climate Assembly UK, a citizens’ assembly tasked with thinking through how the UK can achieve net zero emissions by 2050, will meet for the first time this weekend.

Over four weekends between January and March, the assembly’s members will ...


Aluminium packaging recycling exceeds 2019 target

Provisional data released by the Environment Agency earlier this month shows that aluminium packaging exceeded its 2019 recycling target by more than 2,500 tonnes.

Last year, 114,748 tonnes of aluminium packaging were collected for ...



London installation set to boost paper cup recycling

An immersive art installation made of 5,555 paper cups was revealed in London’s Bankside yesterday (21 January) to boost public awareness around paper cup recycling.

The 3m-tall installation, which was created by local art duo Mule ...


China cracks down on single-use plastics

China revealed a detailed plan on Sunday (19 January) to phase out single-use, non-degradable plastic products in major cities within five years.

The document was issued jointly by the National Development and Reform Commission and the ...

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