Recycling

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

10/12/2019

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

Colourful bins have ‘significant impact’ on recycling

04/12/2019

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

25/11/2019

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

07/11/2019

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

Welsh council trials microchipping bins to encourage recycling

24/10/2019

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

17/10/2019

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

03/10/2019

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

23/09/2019

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

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

05/09/2019

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

31/07/2019

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

07/06/2019

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

21/05/2019

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

13/05/2019

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

10/05/2019

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

09/05/2019

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

01/05/2019

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

25/04/2019

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

08/04/2019

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

17/01/2019

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’

10/01/2019

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

18/12/2018

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

28/11/2018

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

15/11/2018

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’

09/11/2018

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

23/10/2018

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

22/10/2018

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

09/10/2018

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.

Welsh council moves to monthly refuse collection service

25/09/2018

Welsh council has announced it will only collect refuse destined for landfill or incineration once a month in an effort to save money and encourage recycling.

Charity calls for end of UK’s ‘barmy’ recycling system

25/09/2018

Every household in the country should be able to recycle the same items under a new national system, according to calls from Keep Britain Tidy.

Third of household plastics ‘unrecyclable’, councils say

06/08/2018

Local authorities are calling on manufacturers to stop using unrecyclable packaging as research suggests that it is only possible to recycle a third of the plastic used by households.

Recycling rates could be boosted by fraud, says auditors

23/07/2018

The UK’s success at recycling may be being boosted by fraudulent exports of unrecyclable materials, auditors have claimed.

Council use of incinerators ‘doubles’ since 2010

16/07/2018

The amount of waste managed by local authorities and sent to incinerators has doubled in less than a decade, a new report reveals.

Councils must change collection services to meet EU recycling target

25/05/2018

Most councils will be able to meet the EU's recycling target at no extra cost, according to waste management experts.

Third of households support pay-as-you-throw, survey reveals

18/04/2018

A new survey has revealed that one in three households support councils charging households for disposing of any waste and packaging they don’t recycle.

Recycling scheme to tackle plastic bottle waste

28/03/2018

Environment secretary Michael Gove today announced a new deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates and reduce waste.

Manchester bids to become UK’s first ‘Tidy City’

15/03/2018

Manchester City Council has signed a formal partnership with Keep Britain Tidy in a bid to become the UK’s first ‘Tidy City’ by 2020.

Council to introduce four-weekly bin collection

24/01/2018

Conwy Council is phasing in four-weekly black bin collections following a successful trial which saved the equivalent of 87 double decker buses from landfill.

MPs call for ‘latte levy’ to improve recycling facilities

05/01/2018

A 25p levy should be applied to all disposable coffee cups and a target set to recycle all cups by 2023, MPs have said today.

Council leaders welcome plastic bottle return scheme

22/12/2017

Council chiefs have welcomed a call from MPs to introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles — but urge Whitehall to ensure it is fully funded.

Research challenges countries' recycling rates

11/12/2017

Wales has been knocked of the number two spot in a worldwide table of countries' recycling policies - but is still far ahead of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Tri-weekly bin collections boosts Anglesey's recycling rates

08/11/2017

The introduction of tri-weekly waste collections has helped increase recycling rates by 10% in the past year in the Isle of Anglesey, new figures reveal.

Millennials ‘apathetic’ about recycling, survey reveals

07/11/2017

The generation born during or after the 1980s is the least likely age group to recycle, surprising new poll reveals.

Deposit refund systems could save councils £35m a year

11/10/2017

Local authorities across England could save up to £35m every year if a deposit refund system (DRS) for drinks containers was introduced, environmental charity says.

Plans for plastic bottle return scheme unveiled

03/10/2017

The Government has asked for views on introducing a reward and return scheme for drinks containers in England.

Energy-from-waste putting pressure on recycling rates, claims report

08/08/2017

A surge in the number of energy-from-waste and incinerator plants being built in the UK could limit recycling rates, according to a new report.

Bristol named ‘green capital’ of the UK

02/06/2017

Bristol has been named the greenest city in the UK as part of research into the country’s most environmentally friendly cities.

Plastic bottle waste 'out of control' in London

13/04/2017

The amount of waste from plastic bottles is ‘out of control’ in London, the assembly environment committee has warned today.

‘Hard-pressed’ councils not to blame for recycling confusion

09/01/2017

Councils are burdened with a ‘disproportionate share’ of the responsibility for waste and recycling, and companies should do more to improve packaging, environmentalists say.

Recycling rates fall for first time

16/12/2016

Recycling rates in the UK have decreased for the first time since records began, figures have revealed.

First National Recycling Guidelines unveiled

12/10/2016

A definitive list of what can and cannot be collected for recycling has been published to help dispel some of the confusion surrounding kerbside collections.

Giant coffee cup bins descend upon Manchester

12/10/2016

Giant coffee cups are coming to Manchester city centre today as part of a campaign to help recycle 20,000 cups.

Over a third of population confused by council recycling information

12/09/2016

Confusing information has resulted in nearly three in 10 people not recycling as much as they would like, according to new research.

Recycling in Wales reaches record high

25/08/2016

Recycling in Wales has reached its highest ever recorded level and has exceeded its statutory target.

Data shows councils reject 84% more recyclable waste

23/08/2016

The amount of rubbish rejected for recycling by councils in England has increased by 84% over the past four years, a new investigation has revealed.

Bristol opts for integrated waste service

15/08/2016

Bristol City Council has approved plans for all its waste services to be delivered by one council-owned company.

Council consults on smaller bins or collections every three weeks

03/08/2016

Local residents have hit out at Wirral Council after being asked to choose from having smaller bins or less frequent waste collections.

Scottish councils take the recycling pledge

26/07/2016

Half of all the councils in Scotland have signed up to a Scottish Government-backed charter to make household recycling easier.

Non-recyclable coffee cups cost millions to dispose of, LGA says

22/07/2016

High street coffee chains must go ‘further and faster’ in developing recyclable cups, councils say.

Recycling rewards without rewards schemes

22/07/2016

Recycling communications are the key to local authorities achieving higher recycling rates – and it can be achieved on a budget, says Rick Hindley.

Recycling depot closed after council staff taken ill

18/07/2016

Recycling collectors in Devon were taken ill after being exposed to gases produced by unwashed plastic bottles.

Charity calls for English councils to be set new recycling targets

03/06/2016

Councils in England should be set the ambitious target of recycling 70% of all waste collected by 2025 in order to keep pace with Welsh councils, an environmental charity has said.

Recycling experts defend efficiency of council waste collections

27/05/2016

Council recycling experts have rejected recent reports suggesting changes to the way waste is collected.

Energy-from-waste treatment ‘dramatically’ reduces landfill waste

14/03/2016

South Tyneside has ‘dramatically’ reduced the amount of waste it sends to landfill from 66% to only 3%.

Councils forced to incinerate and bury tons of recycling

18/01/2016

Councils are burning and burying tons of carefully sorted recycling, and this practice has nearly doubled in the last three years, according to the results of a freedom of information request.

Authorities exceeding recycling expectations, but more must be done, says union

14/01/2016

73 councils in England already meet or exceed the EU recycling rate target of 50% of household waste by 2020, but more investment is needed if this progress is to continue, according to GMB.

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