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Fly-tipping incidents reach close to one million

It has been found that the number of fly tipping incidents increased by 50 per cent in 2015-2016, with close to one million occurrences reported by councils in England. Official figures show a total 936,090 cases of fly-tipping, the highest level since 2009-2010. The...

Hotel breakfast under the spotlight for waste

There are a range of industries that have been under scrutiny for high levels of waste, most notably food waste. Most recently, the spotlight has been on hotels and the accommodation industry whose buffet breakfasts have been accused as being a “big nightmare”. Hugh...

Is AI the solution to rejected recyclables?

According to government figures, the amount of recycled waste that is rejected has increased by 84 per cent in four years. The figures show that there is still a lack of understanding in the public over what is and isn’t recyclable. Work is being undertaken to solve...

Nearly all new power in Europe comes from renewable energy

In 2016, nearly 90 per cent of the power added to the EU’s electricity grids was from renewable sources, a clear sign of a shift away from fossil fuels. Of the 24.5GW of new capacity built across the EU in 2016, 21.1GW (86 per cent) was made up of renewable sources...

Takeaway coffee cups damaging the environment

It’s no surprise just how much the UK loves coffee, every day we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee. In recent years many of us have taken to the high streets to get our coffee fix with 80 per cent of people visiting coffee shops at least once a week and 16...

Number of AD plants in the UK increases

The number of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the UK has risen to 540, with more than 100 new plants coming into operation in 2016. The growth can be put quite simply down to demand for the service. AD plants produce biogas from food waste, agricultural materials,...

Manufacturers reduce waste in 2016

The UK’s food and drink industry has made significant strides toward meeting the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) Ambition 2025. According to the FDF’s 2016 Environment Ambition Progress Report, members of the organisation reported a 46 per cent reduction in...

AD plant increases yearly capacity

An AD plant in Widnes has put in place plans to expand and handle up to 150,000 tonnes of food waste per year. The installation of a new digester tank means that the plant will be able to handle a higher volume of waste. The Anaerobic Digester is a device that...

Number of illegal waste operators rising

The Environment Agency has announced that the use of warehouses to store illegal waste has doubled in England since 2014. Between April 2015 and March 2016, more than 1,000 waste sites were discovered without a legal permit – an 82 per cent rise from 2013-14 and more...

New set of National Recycling Guidelines announced

For the first time, a set of new guidelines has been announced by the waste management industry to help improve the nation’s recycling rates. The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) teamed up with industry associations, local authorities and waste and...