Plastic Alternatives May Worsen Marine Pollution, MPs Warn

Compostable and biodegradable plastics could add to marine pollution because there is no infrastructure in place to make sure they break down correctly, a committee of MPs has warned. The use of alternatives to plastic are being adopted by many food and drink companies, takeaway coffee venues, cafes and retailers. …

Europe’s Forests Are Booming and Here’s Why

Around the world, forests are shrinking due to deforestation, urban development and climate change, but in Europe that trend has been reversed. Large areas of the continent have seen a forest boom that means today more than two-fifths of Europe is tree-covered. Between 1990 and 2015, the area covered by …

Banning Single-Use Plastics ‘Could Lead to Higher Carbon Emissions’

Banning single-use plastics could lead to higher carbon emissions. That’s according to a new report published by BP, which says a worldwide ban on the use of plastics for packaging and other single-use purposes from 2040 onwards would lead to lower than anticipated demand for oil. In 2017, single-use plastics …

China Isn’t Taking Our Recycling: Here’s What We Could Do With It Instead

Last year, China announced that it is officially done accepting “foreign garbage.” That is: plastic and paper recycling scraps from the U.S. and Europe. Since March 1, the country has barred 24 materials, including plastic and paper, from entering its borders. The few items the nation will take, like scrap …

Costa Brews Up Nationwide Coffee Cup Recycling Scheme

Costa has officially launched its new coffee cup recycling scheme in over 2,000 stores across the UK, promising to ensure any paper coffee cup deposited by customers is recycled. The company, which first announced the move last autumn, said the new recycling collection scheme will form part of a wider …

Recycling Focus for Turkey’s Hospitality Sector

The Turkish government has launched a recycling campaign targeting the glass, plastics, paper and metal discards from hotels, restaurants and cafés. The HoReCa campaign will be centred mainly on major cities such as Istanbul, İzmir and the north-western province of Bursa where such businesses create the largest volumes of packaging …