WRAP Framework Set To Help Increase Recycling

29 September 2016

Greater consistency in household collections by England’s local authorities could see a 7% increase in the country’s recycling rate by 2025, according to Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The ‘Framework for Greater Consistency in Household Recycling for England’ was developed by an advisory group of representatives from across the sector, and supported by Defra […]

Tonbridge Canoe Club Removes Rubbish From River

27 August 2016

Last month a team of volunteers from Tonbridge Canoe Club took to the River Medway in Tonbridge in a joint clean-up operation as part of the Love Kent Hate Litter and Littergram campaigns. The clean-up was organised by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council in response to recent reports of abandoned supermarket trolleys at several locations […]

Therese Coffey Confirmed As New Waste Minister

26 August 2016

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that Therese Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal, will be the government’s new Waste Minister. Dr Coffey was appointed to Defra by Prime Minister Theresa May at the end of July following the promotion of Rory Stewart to International Development. However, it was not confirmed […]

Councils Push For Highways England To Clean Up Kent’s Roadsides

25 August 2016

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has partnered with other local authorities in Kent to push for Highways England to clean up and prevent litter on the Garden of England’s roadsides. A joint letter on behalf of the county’s 13 councils has been sent to Simon Jones, the director of Highways England, urging him to agree […]

Carrier Bag Usage Drops 85% Since 5p Charge Introduced

24 August 2016

Early figures suggest that the number of single-use plastic carrier bags used by shoppers in England has dropped by more than 85% since the introduction of the 5p charge last October. More than seven billion plastic bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in 2014, but this figure plummeted to just over half a […]

Kent County Council Unveils 20 Year Waste Stategy

9 August 2016

A consultation has been launched by Kent County Council (KCC) for the Kent Waste Disposal Strategy, which will form the backbone plan of how household waste is disposed in the county between 2017 and 2035. KCC is responsible for the disposal and recycling of Kent’s household waste whilst the district and borough councils are responsible […]

Starbucks To Trail Recyclable Coffee Cups

8 August 2016

In a bid to reduce the 2.5bn disposable cups deposited in landfill or incinerated each year in the UK, coffee chain Starbucks has announced that it will begin trialling a fully recyclable coffee cup in stores nationwide. Earlier this year, it emerged that popular coffee chains, such as Starbucks, Costa and Pret a Manger recycled […]

Volunteers Sought For Great British Beach Clean

7 August 2016

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is asking for volunteers to join in “The Great British Beach Clean”, an annual weekend dedicated to picking and monitoring coastal litter. MCS is a UK charity dedicated to protecting sea, shores and wildlife. It regularly organises beach cleans as part of its BeachWatch programme and has put out an […]

Kent Surpasses Its Landfill Target Within A Year

28 July 2016

Kent has surpassed its target to send no more than 5% of its household waste to landfill by four years. The target was intended to be met by 2020, but by using alternative methods of disposal such as energy from waste and improved contracting, the target has been beaten within a year. As a result […]

Charites Serve Up 18 Million Meals Diverted From Waste

27 July 2016

According to annual figures released last month by FareShare, it received a record breaking 9,070 tonnes of food, worth £19.6m, from the food industry during 2015/16, enough for charities on the frontline to provide 18.3m meals to people in need. Retailers and manufacturers including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The Co-operative, Kellogg’s and Nestle diverted the majority […]
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