RWW 2018 roundup

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
2018 was a remarkable year for the industry

To say 2018 was a transformative year in the resources sector would be an understatement.

We've curated the biggest news stories of 2018 to remind all RWW readers of some of the highlights.


China brings in its National Sword programme which sets tougher standards for contamination levels on plastics, paper and metals and bans certain types of solid waste.


The government’s 25 Year Environment Plan is released with promises of plastic-free aisles, targets of zero avoidable waste by 2042 and pots of funding for research into new materials to replace plastic.


Defra announces it will introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers in England, following on from Scotland’s promise to roll out a DRS.


WRAP launches its Plastics Pact to bring businesses across the supply chain including Coca-Cola EP, Nestlé and Britvic together to tackle plastic waste.


EU Parliament members formally adopt the Circular Economy Package after approving higher recycling targets and new measures to reduce waste.


Major retailers Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s team up with Viridor to create a solution which puts recycled black plastic into food packaging.


Burberry admits to burning more than £28m of stock over the last year to guard against counterfeiting.


Green power business Severn Trent buys renewable energy generator Agrivert Holdings for a total consideration of £120m.


Biofuel from recycling waste carbon gases is used for the first time on a commercial flight, on a Virgin plane flying from Orlando to London.


Chancellor Philip Hammond announces in the Autumn Budget that he will introduce a new tax on the manufacturing and import of plastic packaging that contains less than 30% recycled plastics.


Michael Gove confirms he will remain as Environment Secretary despite being offered the role of Brexit Secretary after a series of Cabinet resignations following the draft Brexit deal announcement.


The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) launches an 'ambitious' Landfill Sector Plan to help businesses improve compliance and achieve a circular economy.

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