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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

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 end of last summer. What appealed to me about the job was the opportunity to take on…

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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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France Bans Plastic

In the last twelve months, French authorities have brought in bans on various different single use, “non-recyclable” plastic items, such as plastic bags and crockery. As of the 1st July 2016, all plastic carrier bags thinner than 50 microns, and with a volume of less than 10 litres, can no longer be given to consumers…

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Recycling Targets and Rates in Europe

In light of the new recycling targets set out in the 2017 Spring Budget, a comparison of recycling in the UK with the rest of Europe feels appropriate. This posts looks at the Recycling targets and rates across Europe and then focusses on two countries. Each country is free to choose how they act upon the…

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Petition for Non-recyclable Packaging Legislation Rejected by UK Government

A cross-party panel of MPs has rejected a petition calling for a ban on all non-recyclable packaging. The petition, which garnered over 83,000 signatures, indicates that 1.5 million tonnes of plastic packaging waste is not recycled each year, instead ending up in landfill or waterways. It also suggests that the UK recycles 64% of all packaging…

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