Environment

Venues and festivals have saved thousands of pounds and hugely reduced their plastic waste by switching to a reusable cup system, according to research. Research carried out by international environmental consultancy Eunomiafound that venues in Bristol that replaced single-use plastic cups with reusable alternatives using a deposit return system (DRS) have made significant financial savings,

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The Government’s proposal to establish a tax on plastic packaging could cost households 7p per week, according to new research. The estimate assumes the tax cost is transferred to households by packaging producers and retailers. It also considers projected levels of recycled content in packaging. The cost has been derived from research undertaken by Imperial

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Recycle Now’s latest food waste recycling campaign has just been launched on social media and will run until 20 March. The campaign is going extremely well and is already getting great coverage, having reached over 1 million people so far. If you collect food waste in your area, it would be great if you could

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No-deal Brexit could lead to “putrefying stockpiles” of waste, according to leaked emails from government officials. Originally reported by The Guardian, the Environment Agency emails revealed growing concerns of pollution due to export and import licences for waste becoming invalid in the event of No Deal. Stockpiled waste runs the risk of odours and extra leachates which

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Some waste sites may be allowed to temporarily exceed their permitted storage tonnages in the event that movements of material are disrupted by a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said. This was among the details set out by Mr Gove outlining the planning that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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