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ECO Plastics

Recycling Progress Stalling, ECO Plastics Warns

UK plastic recycling giant ECO Plastics has warned lawmakers that England risks missing its EU recycling targets because of government cuts. Jonathan Short, founder of ECO Plastics, appeared in front of the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee inquiry yesterday and said that government cuts have … Read more »

flexible packaging

Coke, Tesco, Receive Defra Funds to Boost Packaging Recycling

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Tesco and Nestlé UK & Ireland are among the companies that have received funding from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to develop viable approaches for collecting flexible packaging materials containing aluminum, such as toothpaste tubes and pet food sachets (pictured), to improve recycling … Read more »

Resource Management’s $1M Savings Potential

Resource Management’s $1M Savings Potential

Sustainable resource management has the potential to generate savings of over $1 million annually for some UK businesses, according to a report by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. The report is part of a larger call to action for businesses by the IEMA, which notes that price volatility, … Read more »

Anthesis

Anthesis Acquires Best Foot Forward

Sustainability consultancy Anthesis has acquired UK blue-chip advisors Best Foot Forward in a deal that the companies say creates a “new global sustainability consulting platform.” The agreement combines Best Foot Forward’s Europe-based team with the existing US and Asian operations of Anthesis to form a worldwide expert group. Best Foot … Read more »

Coca-Cola, Britvic Join Soft Drink Sustainability Roadmap

Coca-Cola, Britvic Join Soft Drink Sustainability Roadmap

Half of the UK’s leading soft drink producers and suppliers including Coca-Cola and Britvic have signed onto the Soft Drinks Sustainability Roadmap, a supply chain study that aims to reduce the environment footprint of the industry’s products. The UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched the … Read more »

UK Clothing Industry Signs Green Commitment

Tesco, Marks & Spencer and the UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are among the High Street retailers, charities, recyclers and other major players in the clothing sector that have signed a commitment pledging to cut their carbon, water and waste footprints by 2020. Working on behalf of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Arctic Council Spill Plan, Chu Resigns, Defense Nominee Backs Alt Fuels

The eight-nation Arctic Council’s oil spill response agreement, obtained by Greenpeace ahead of the council’s meeting of environment ministers February 5-6 in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, is vague and ineffective, Greenpeace said. The activist group says the draft contains a series of major omissions including any discussion of oil company liabilities or … Read more »

Less than Half of UK Businesses Plan for Climate Change Adaptation, CDP Finds

More than 80 percent of U.K. businesses say climate change is a substantial risk to them, citing a range of risk factors including change in precipitation extremes and droughts, change in temperature extremes or induced changes in natural resources. However, only 46 percent of surveyed FTSE 100 companies say they … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Indian Point, EPA Overruled on Coal, UK Delays GHG Reporting Law

Entergy, the owner of Indian Point nuclear plant in Buchanan, N.Y., has agreed with the New York State DEC to pay a $1.2 million penalty for a transformer explosion at its Unit 2 reactor that spilled oil into the Hudson River in November 2010. The penalty comes as the state … Read more »

Sustainable Packaging Briefing: Defra Recycling Targets, Polyden Folien, Cardia Bioplastics, Seattle Bag Ban

The UK Department for Environmental Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has introduced proposals for tougher packaging recycling targets to stop 400,000 tons going to landfill by 2017. The proposal includes: increasing the plastics recycling target by five percent per year, from 32 percent to 57 percent by 2017; increasing the aluminum recycling … Read more »

DEFRA Scraps ‘Sell-By’ Dates To Cut Food Waste

DEFRA Scraps ‘Sell-By’ Dates To Cut Food Waste

U.K. agency DEFRA has released updated guidance to help ensure the right date marks are used on food labels, to make it easier for shoppers to know when food is safe to eat. DEFRA, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, wants retailers to ditch “sell-by” and “display-until” labels … Read more »