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Coffee pod recycling scheme hits million milestone


An initiative run by Cherwell District Council has seen more than a million coffee pods – weighing 16.4 tonnes – recycled in eight months.

Councils call for ‘autonomy’ under EPR


Councils must still have the autonomy to run waste services according to local need under new packaging reforms, the Local Government Association has said.

Two thirds of councils expect to miss waste reform deadline


Councils have urged Government to reconsider its ‘unrealistic’ waste reform deadline after research found authorities face shortfalls to fund the changes.

MPs at odds with public on packaging measures


Appetite for government intervention to reduce the use of packaging, either through taxes or bans, is lower among MPs than with the public, new research has found.

Councils banned from charging for small-scale DIY waste disposal


Local authorities in England are no longer able to charge households to leave small-scale DIY waste at recycling centres in a move aimed at tacking fly-tipping.

Wales passes workplace recycling law


New Workplace Recycling Regulations have been passed in Wales, which will require all businesses to separate recyclable materials.

Simpler Recycling: The implications for local authorities


Lee Marshall, Policy and External Affairs Director, CIWM looks at the Government’s recycling reforms and what they mean for local authorities.

Oxfordshire councils install vape recycling bins


Three local authorities in Oxfordshire have joined forces to install 60 new recycling collection points for vapes across the county.

'Lack of clarity' puts recycling reforms at risk


A ‘lack of clarity’ around the Government’s recycling reforms is preventing councils from preparing for the upcoming changes, according to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Sheffield food waste collections delayed by 15 years


A plan for weekly food waste collections from homes in Sheffield could be delayed by up to 15 years.

Councils welcome waste reform flexibility but await details on costs


Councils were relieved not to lose all local discretion in the Government’s waste collection reforms but have said questions remain, including over funding.

Solving the UK’s 'wishcycling' problem


Chris Williams, founder and CEO of UK cleantech ISB Global sets out how to fix the confusing state of recycling in the UK.

Seven bins? The future of consistent collections


Lee Marshall, CIWM, looks at the Government’s claims to be scrapping the much-fabled ‘seven bins’ policy and the future of the consistent collections reform.

Liverpool proposes to insource waste collections


Liverpool City Council is to bring its waste collection service in-house in a bid to improve recycling rates.

Concern companies not aware of single-use plastics ban


The Local Government Association (LGA) has raised concerns that businesses may not know about the ban on certain single-use plastic items.

Screeching U-turn on waste proposals


The Government has claimed it is scrapping its ‘top-down approach’ on recycling while still ensuring ‘all homes in England recycle the same materials’.

Nottinghamshire waste staff to strike


The GMB union has announced a week-long strike at waste recycling plants in Nottinghamshire.

'Clarity' promised on waste reforms


More certainty on the Government’s waste reform programme has been promised after mandarins were taken to task over delays.

Number of vapes discarded each week soars to five million


Five million single-use vapes are thrown away in the UK every week, an almost four-fold increase on last year, according to research from Material Focus.

EPR scheme payments may come as late as December 2025


Councils may not receive their first payments under the new extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme until as late as December 2025, The MJ has learnt.

Recycled soil used to create Liverpool’s largest park


Liverpool City Council has used recycled soil from a former landfill site to create one of the largest transformed urban green spaces in England.

The cost of the EPR delay


Steve Palfrey, chair of ADEPT’s Waste Group, looks at the implications for councils of the delay in implementing extended producer responsibility (EPR).

Councils call for urgent clarity after further EPR delay


Council chiefs have called for ‘clear timelines’ on waste policy after the Government announced a further delay to extended producer responsibility (EPR).

Councils call for ban of disposable vapes


Council chiefs have called on the Government to ban disposable e-cigarettes over concerns about their impact on the environment and young people.

Watchdog warns councils still in dark on waste reforms


The Government ‘still lacks effective long-term plans to reduce waste,’ according to a watchdog’s new report.

Retailers criticise ‘extended producer responsibility’ scheme


A plan to make food manufacturers pay councils for the collection and recycling of packaging waste is facing opposition from retailers and manufacturers.

North Somerset Council trials innovative bins


North Somerset Council is claiming a first with an innovative new way to collect recycling and waste.

Reusing household items could save £63m a year


Councils should take the lead in encouraging the reuse of household items to help save millions of pounds a year, a waste management company has said.

The recycling system is in need of an overhaul – so what’s the solution?


Dr Helen Holmes, lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester’s Sustainable Consumption Institute, looks at how the recycling system can be reformed.

‘Postcode lottery’ undermines plastic recycling


People are being put off recycling their plastic because of the complexity of messaging and varying systems in different places, according to a new report.

Top five recycling councils all districts


District councils are leading the way in recycling waste, new Government figures suggest.

Islington council to invest £2m to improve recycling facilities


Recycling facilities on estates across the borough of Islington are set to benefit from £2m of council investment.

Three-weekly waste collections boosts Mid Devon’s recycling rates


The recycling rates in Mid Devon have increased in the first three months since three-weekly waste collections were introduced, the council has reported.

£165,000 fund available to make Liverpool a ‘greener place’


Community groups across Liverpool City Region are able to bid for a share of a £165,000 fund as part of a push to make the area a ‘cleaner and greener place’.

Buying less vs recycling more


Buying less rather than recycling more is the best way to save the environment, argues Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy.

Deposit Return Scheme: further clarification needed


Steve Palfrey, chair of ADEPT's Waste Group, discusses the Government's response to the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) and calls for further clarification.

Council chiefs call for more focus on waste reduction


Council leaders have called on the Government to prioritise plans to reduce the amount of waste produced rather than focusing on recycling schemes.

New fears emerge of ‘sofa mountains’


Recycling experts have called on the Government to step in amid warnings that a crackdown on disposal of upholstered furniture could lead to ‘sofa mountains’.

Council celebrates zero-landfill month


North East Lincolnshire Council is celebrating after making it through September without sending any waste to landfill.

Recycling week: The advantages of anaerobic digestion


Pamela Woolcock, group public sector lead, BioteCH argues that anaerobic digestion (AD) is the most sustainable process of recycling food waste.

Recycling projects in Scotland to receive £3.4m boost


Three Scottish councils are set to receive a boost in their recycling services thanks to a £3.4m investment from Holyrood’s Recycling Improvement Fund.

Greenwich council reduces waste collections in move to net zero


Greenwich council is reducing the number of waste collections it offers as part of the effort to cut carbon emissions and increase the rate of recycling.

Portsmouth council set to bring waste services in house


Portsmouth City Council’s domestic household waste and recycling collection service is set to be delivered in house following a cabinet decision yesterday.

Changes to food waste collection and recycling: What actions do councils need to take?


Ben Thomson, solicitor at Ashfords, looks at what actions councils need to take in light of the changes to food waste collection and recycling.

Government misses 50% recycling target


More than 100,000 extra tonnes of rubbish was sent to landfill during lockdown, the latest figures reveal as Government misses 50% recycling target.

Red diesel ban ‘tangible threat’ to waste strategy


The Chancellor has been warned that the red diesel ban is ‘counter intuitive’ and presents ‘a tangible threat’ to the Government’s waste strategy.

The case for keeping co-mingled collections while boosting food waste recycling rates


Simon Christian explores how new technology can help local authorities increase the amount of household food waste they collect – without completely overhauling their current waste collection regime.

Councils demand to know more about deposit return scheme


Councils are unsure about the full implications of deposit return schemes ahead of their rollout, according to new research.

Council to bring waste and recycling centres in-house


Kirklees Council will bring Household Waste and Recycling Centres in-house as part of an effort to give the council more control over public-facing services.

Scottish councils awarded £13m to boost recycling


The Scottish government today announced a multi-million-pound investment into local authorities to help boost the quantity and quality of recycling.

Council sets up ‘arms-length’ business to deliver key services


East Suffolk Council is to create a Local Authority Trading Company (LATCo) to help it deliver key council services.

District boosts pay to tackle shortage of bin drivers


South Holland District Council has agreed to increase pay for its waste and recycling teams in response to the national shortage of drivers.

Councils forced to suspend waste services due to staff shortages


Several local authorities have been forced to reduce or suspend waste and recycling services due to staff having to self-isolate and a national shortage of drivers.

We must seize the opportunity to accelerate a circular economy


Victoria Lawson argues that moving to a circular economy could tackle the climate crisis, shorten supply chains, support new green jobs and encourage more connected and resilient communities.

Council invests over £1m in mobile household recycling centres


Birmingham City Council has invested £1.4m in a pilot project that will see a fleet of mobile household recycling centres (MHRCs) rolled out across the city.

Council ‘outraged’ by Unite decision to continue bin strike


Thurrock Council has said that it is ‘disappointed’ workers in the local authority’s waste and recycling department have decided to continue pay strike.

New measures to boost recycling rates


New proposals to increase the amount of household waste being recycled have been unveiled by the Government today.

Digital map reveals 'lacklustre recycling growth'


Recycling rates have plateaued in England and Scotland for the fifth consecutive year according to a new interactive digital map of local authority recycling data.

Non-recyclable packaging costs councils £48m per year


Packaging manufacturers are not doing enough to stop producing non-recyclable packaging or to contribute to the costs of disposal, council chiefs say.

The importance of sustainable waste management strategies for the UK's local authorities


Peter Vernon sustainable waste management strategies in the context of wheelie-bin procurement and improved recycling rates.

Three Rivers tops recycling league


Three Rivers DC in Hertfordshire has climbed to become the highest performing authority in England for household waste recycling, according to official government figures.

Councillors warn standardised collections will result in waste and recycling charges


Residents may be forced to carry the cost of introducing standardised waste and recycling collections in England, a survey of local councillors has warned.

How schools can combat waste


Michael Taylor, general manager at Skip Hire UK, looks at how schools can combat waste.

Survey shows public trusts councils more than Government on COVID


The findings of a new opinion poll show the public trusts councils more than Government on the response to COVID, says APSE.

Household recycling 'soared' during pandemic


Some councils saw household recycling soar by 100% during the COVID-19 pandemic, council leaders have revealed.

An alternative to deposit return schemes


Deposit return schemes are not the answer to our plastic recycling challenges, argues Matthew Ball.

Most councils prepare to open household waste recycling centres


Nearly all councils are planning on opening Household Waste Recycling Centres in the next two weeks, a survey has revealed.

Councils must continue recycling collections to avoid negative environmental impact


Recycling collections must continue during lockdown or risk longer term damage to our environment says Tim Gent.

Fly-tipping soars by 300% since lockdown


Fly-tipping in rural areas has increased by 300% since the lockdown, new analysis has discovered.

Councils prepare to reopen recycling sites


Councils have been asked to make reopening household waste recycling sites a priority by the Government.

Wales to ban ‘hard to recycle’ plastics


Plastic straws, cutlery and polystyrene food containers are just a few of the items set to be banned as the Welsh government cracks down on single-use plastics.

Council chiefs call on mattress companies to ‘recycle own products’


Local authority leaders are calling for mattress manufacturers to be forced to recycle their own products and offer take-back services to stop them being fly-tipped.

Eliminating consumer single use plastics in the workplace


How CCS can help your organisation achieve environmental goals.

Scotland’s bottle deposit scheme should cover other materials, MSPs say


Scotland’s bottle deposit scheme should include cartons and other plastics, a report has urged today.

Colourful bins have ‘significant impact’ on recycling


A pilot scheme aimed at boosting recycling in Leeds city centre has seen 1.2 million coffee cups recycled in one year.

Welsh council tops Recycling Carbon Index


Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has been named as the best recycler in the UK in terms of the amount of greenhouse gas emissions it has saved.

Councils warn 'unclear' labelling is hindering recycling efforts


Councils are calling for a series of new measures to help boost recycling rates.

Welsh council trials microchipping bins to encourage recycling


A Welsh county council is trialling the use of microchipping as part of an effort to encourage recycling as it moves to a four weekly collection.

Recycling and refuse top public’s spending priority list


Councils should spend more money on rubbish collection and recycling, according to the results of a new poll.

Council angered by Hampshire CC’s decision to charge for contaminated recycling


A local authority in Hampshire is seeking legal advice after the county council announced that it would bill local councils for contaminated recycling.

Council cleared of exporting plastic waste to Malaysia


Milton Keynes Council has been cleared of exporting plastic waste to Malaysia.

Waste strategy places 'needless burden' on councils, MPs warn


The waste strategy proposed by the Government has come under fire from MPs amid concerns about the burden it could impose upon local authorities.

Sales of plastic bags drop 90% since fee was introduced


Sales of single-use plastic bags have fallen by 90% since the introduction of the 5p charge in 2015, new figures have revealed.

Councils urged to record data on procurement of single-use plastic bottles


A third of councils are failing to record how many single-use plastic bottles they have procured over the last five years, according to new research.

Over half of councils ‘experiencing issues’ with plastic markets


More than 50% of councils have reported that they were ‘experiencing issues’ with plastic markets, new research has revealed.

‘Smart bins’ and tax cuts could help increase recycling rates, report says


Local authorities could use ‘smart bins’ and council tax cuts to help drive up recycling rates in their areas, a new study has recommended.

Glastonbury arena to be made from recycled plastic


An arena at Glastonbury Festival is to be built from waste plastic that has been recycled by Exeter City Council.

Everything local government needs to know about coffee cup recycling


With applications for The Cup Fund, the UK’s largest grant for projects that boost UK paper cup recycling, closing soon, Phil Wild shares what he thinks everyone should know.

Celebrating 25 years of paint recycling


Community RePaint network appeals for local authority support as it celebrates 25 years of paint recycling. Sarah Burns reports.

Holyrood announces ambition to cut food waste by one third


The Scottish government has unveiled plans to help reduce food waste by one third by 2025.

Council pays £1.75m in compensation to recycling contractor


Milton Keynes Council has reached a settlement with the contractor Viridor to cover what the local authority describes as the ‘historic costs’ of contamination in its recycling sacks.

Council launches weekly recycling pilot for 1,500 homes


A council in Lincolnshire has announced it will pilot weekly recycling collections at more than 1,500 homes in order to help households reduce their waste.

Council issues smaller recycling boxes to prevent ‘bad backs’


A Cumbrian council has decided to reduce the size of its recycling boxes in order to protect its staff from damaging their backs.

Recycling services receive a £1bn boost


Council chiefs have welcomed the Government’s new waste strategy, which aims to encourage businesses and manufacturers to use easily recyclable packaging.

Council abandons controversial plan to drop kerbside plastic collection


Swindon has abandoned controversial proposals to withdraw the kerbside collection of plastics and says it will carry out further ‘research’ into the issue.

Nearly all Welsh councils hit recycling target


The latest figures show 20 of the 22 councils in Wales have met or exceeded the statutory recycling target of 58% for 2017/18.

Swindon’s plans to stop collecting plastic dubbed ‘regressive step’


Swindon’s consultation on plans to withdraw the kerbside collection of plastics is a ‘regressive step’, says the environment minister.

Recycling grants for councils protected in Wales


Recycling grants to councils will not be cut and three councils will receive extra funding to improve collections, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Councils affected by China's waste ban


A fifth of councils have been directly affected by China’s ban on imported waste over the past year, according to a new survey.

Leeds behind UK’s ‘biggest push’ to trial on-street recycling facilities


Leeds City Council has teamed up with environmentalists to pilot new on-the-go recycling facilities to help people recycle bottles and cups while they are in the city centre.

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