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Asda, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative Group, Tesco, and Waitrose sold 490 million fewer single-use plastic bags in 2018/19, a drop of almost half on the previous year Read more

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She previously served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from September 2012 until July 2016, and was Minister of State for Transport from May 2010 until September 2012 Read more

Environment

The survey results have been published following an announcement made last week by the former Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, in which he gave his backing to an all-in DRS that includes drinks containers of all materials and sizes Read more

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Feedback from the consultation, which took place between February and May of this year and received more than 208,000 responses, showed strong public backing for an all-in DRS model Read more

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In an update on progress towards the introduction of the landmark Environment Bill – the first for 20 years – the government has published firm positions on issues ranging from trees, water, and recycling, to boost the natural environment Read more

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Professor Gideon Henderson, currently a Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, and until recently its head of department, will join Defra in October of this year Read more

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This is compared to just £250 million that would be generated by an ‘on-the-go’ system, which would collect a fraction of the drinks containers produced Read more

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The new grants have been launched as part of the £18 million Resource Action Fund, launched by Defra in May 2019, and are focusing on increasing reprocessing infrastructure for plastics and textiles Read more

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The letter was signed by members of INCPEN, the BPF, and the Packaging Federation, as well as numerous high-profile food and drink companies Read more

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The aim of this new 30-month R&D project known as Odour Control, is to employ unique process technologies to deliver high value second life applications for odour contaminated plastics Read more

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The report is a follow-up to Suez’s ‘Unpackaging extended producer responsibility report’, which was published in September 2018 and set out ten principles for the UK to achieve a world-class producer-responsibility regime Read more

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The Welsh Government has been working with the other UK nations on a comprehensive UK wide approach to address the problems created by commonly littered single use plastics Read more

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The move has come after a number of Asian countries, including China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, have limited and banned incoming plastic waste Read more

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Frozen supermarket chain, Iceland, has reported that its trial in-store deposit return system has proved popular with customers and provided valuable insights into behaviour. Read more

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Therese Coffey has told the UK plastics industry not to feel under threat, but to see the Government’s upcoming Plastic Waste and Recycling Strategy as "an opportunity”. Read more

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Ocean scientists at the University of Plymouth’s International Marine Litter Research Unit will start a project to study the entry of microparticles in water-systems. Read more

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Sales of drinks stirrers, straws and cotton buds could be banned by the Government with a new consultation against single-use plastics announced to Commonwealth leaders. Read more

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The trade body for the British plastics industry, the BPF, has cautiously backed the consultation on a Deposit Return Scheme with plastic containers for England. Read more

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After the 2016 recycling statistics were released by Defra last week, the environmental consultancy Eunomia has countered the figures with its own estimates that recovered materials are bulked by a third. Read more

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The Government's latest findings on the change in the recycling rate in 2016 shows the UK will likely miss the EU 2020 target, but significant progress in plastics packaging recycling leaves the blame at public failure to compost food waste. Read more

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