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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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UK Government Publishes Recycling Targets for 2020

As part of the Spring Budget 2017, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has revealed the 2020 recycling targets for all packaging materials. This follows on from the 2016 Spring Budget, in which targets for glass and plastic recycling were announced. These targets are displayed in Table 1  below. No specific targets for 2018 and 2019 have yet…

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Global Carrier Bag Interventions

Many countries across the world have been working towards reducing the impact of carrier bags over the past 20 years and these methods have been met with varying success. There are three main strategies that countries have implemented as approaches to try and reduce the volume of carrier bags being used: bag fees at the…

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An Evaluation of the Plastic Bag Levy: Part 2

Part One of this blog series evaluating the plastic bag levy in the UK examined the data available through the government website, concluding that one of the stated aims of the policy has been achieved. From this, media sources have praised the levy as removing billions of plastic bags from circulation and as having a…

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An Evaluation of The Plastic Bag Levy: Part 1

The introduction of a levy on single-use plastic bags in retailers above a certain size in England in 2015 caused a significant level of media attention.  Public reaction to the policy has been broadly positive, and this two-part blog series explores what conclusions we can draw from the evidence available. From the 5th October 2015,…

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Carriers Bag Charges Across the UK

When the carrier bag charges came into force across England in late 2015 there was a lot of unease amongst consumers about how this would pan out. However, in other parts of the British Isles, similar legislation had been in place as early as 2002. Since 2002, all countries in the UK have implemented a…

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