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How could packaging help reduce food waste?

The previous two posts in this blog series have drawn attention to what food waste actually is, and considered why it’s a problem. One reason food waste is concerning is due to resource wastage, not just of food itself but of agricultural and financial resources which are used to produce and purchase food. This post…

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Why is food waste a problem?

The first blog post of this four part series about food waste sought to clarify what food waste is. Food waste incorporates any food components removed from the food supply chain for recovery or disposal, of which a considerable chunk is from households. Of this, 60% is estimated to be avoidable. The last section of…

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What actually is food waste?

This blog post is a first in a series about food waste. Food waste has been identified as a significant issue in the UK, and indeed globally, and is a focus of some UK government policy, and campaigning by WRAP. This blog series aims to discuss the problem of food waste, and explore what is…

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Design for Environment: does EPR encourage it?

As more and more countries around the world begin to implement varying forms of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), it is worth pausing to consider what the desired outcomes of EPR are. The first, in most cases, is as a tax, or an investment in the recycling industry. This means less waste reaching landfill sites and…

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Global EPR: some interesting systems

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) across the EU has followed similar structures, such as the predominance of a system for packaging and legal obligations for action and payments for covered producers. This is hardly surprising giving the presence of EU directives for these schemes. However, such directives are not present for many countries globally, meaning there…

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Join our Team as a Data Analyst

This post has now closed but you may be interested to read about working at ecoVeritas below. We are currently recruiting for a Data Analyst. Below, one of our team talks about what he enjoys about working for ecoVeritas. George Edwards, Data Analyst I started at ecoVeritas just after finishing a Master’s degree at the…

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Plastic Bottle waste in the UK – what to do?

British adults are suggested to use over 7.5 billion single-use plastic bottles each year, the majority of which are not recycled. One factor linked to this is the reluctance of consumers to obtain free tap water from businesses, especially when a purchase has not been made. Recent research into the provision, usage and perception of…

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General Election 2017: what might it mean for recycling?

Following Theresa May’s unexpected call for a general election to take place in June 2017, the party manifestos for both major UK parties were released last week. These manifestos cover a huge range of issues affecting the UK, and one key issue of concern here at ecoVeritas is recycling and the environment. Polling suggests that…

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Paint recycling in the UK: room for improvement?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Product Stewardship regulations have been applied to a variety of different waste areas under a large range of different states. One waste product for which there are schemes globally, although not in the UK, is paint. EPR schemes for paint are in place in most states across Canada, providing free-to-use…

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What does government do to tackle recycling?

In the last few months, the ecoVeritas blog has covered some high profile government efforts to reduce some of the environmental consequences of modern society. This blog has covered plastic bags in the UK and abroad, coffee cups, French bans on supermarket waste and some plastic items, and a plastic bag ban in Queensland, Australia. One theme which…

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