IKEA UK Rings Up Success on Food Waste, Green Energy and Circular Sofas

IKEA is pressing ahead with plans to become a ‘circular retailer’ that minimises its waste and encourages customers to reuse and repair its products, according to the company’s latest Annual Summary for the UK. The company will confirm this morning that for the second year running it has sent no waste to landfill in the …

The Amount of Plastic Produced in a Year is Roughly the Same as the...

The former boss of Asda is calling for supermarkets to stop using plastic packaging saying billions of pounds of investment in recycling has failed to resolve the world’s plastic proliferation crisis. Andy Clarke, CEO of one of Britain’s biggest supermarket chains for six years, said the only solution was for retailers to reject plastic entirely …

Costa, Greggs, McDonald’s and Starbucks Among Coffee Giants to Sign Cup Recycling Deal

Some of the UK’s largest coffee shops have joined forces to battle Britain’s cup waste mountain, announcing plans to develop a nationwide recycling system they hope will curb the numbers of takeaway cups ending up in landfill. Fourteen organisations, including Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee, Greggs, McDonald’s UK, Pret A Manger, and Starbucks, will help fund …

Zero Waste Scotland Publishes Carbon Report as Recycling Rate Climbs

Scotland’s national household recycling rate reached 45.5% in 2016, with one council, East Renfrewshire, becoming the first Scottish council to break through the 60% mark, according to figures published today. The news comes on the same day that Zero Waste Scotland published a report on how recycling helps fight climate change. The organization, which is …

Aquafil Rolls Out $10m for First Carpet Recycling Plant in US

Aquafil has announced plans to invest $10m in opening its first carpet recycling facility in the US, in what the Italian company hopes will be the first of many plants across North America. In addition to enhancing its original “pioneering” ECONYL regeneration technology for recovering nylon from old carpets, swim suits and fishing nets for …

Tesco to Scrap 5p Single-Use Plastic Bags

Tesco shoppers will soon only be able to buy 10p ‘Bags for Life’ in stores, after the retailer announced plans to stop offering single-use 5p plastic carrier bags in a bid to further reduce plastic waste. From August 28th, 5p plastic bags will no longer be available in Tesco stores, while proceeds from its new …