Waste Watch

PLASTICS PACKAGE: Here’s to proper coffee in proper cups

French law bans disposables for dining-in. New warning labels for single-use cups. The cup LCA that sucked people in. And the sexy sterility of plastic packaging. As the UK Government stresses over how to safely reopen the hospitality sector next month, the newspapers are brimming with images of Europeans enjoying café dehors in the sunshine.…
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PLASTICS PACKAGE: Cup confusion reigns as more cafés reopen

Coffee shops have been left baffled by the advice regarding acceptance of reusable cups, while exclusive research shows consumers haven’t totally bought into the pandemic positivity around single-use packaging. By David Burrows. “There is government advice not to accept any reusable cups for fear of virus transmission and this seems likely to last for some…
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The last straw?

Bans on plastic are simply sucking businesses towards alternatives. Whether these are recycled doesn’t seem to matter to ministers or brands. But it certainly should, says David Burrows. In three weeks’ time a ban on plastic straws (and drinks stirrers) will come into force. Or will it? Footprint revealed in January that Defra had been…
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Plastics Package: No time for toying around

This month’s package is committed to reduction (and is doing it for the kids) Schools have all shut up shop for the summer holidays, leaving many parents facing a rollercoaster six weeks of juggling childcare, work and the cost of ice cream on popular family days out. We have thus condensed this month’s Package. Puffery…
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PLASTICS PACKAGE: Slow on the uptake?

Foodservice and hospitality businesses continue to shy away from a high profile global plastics commitment. David Burrows reports. Take-away food chains, hotels and airlines have been urged to join a global initiative to reduce plastic waste and pollution. More than 350 organisations, including 150 businesses, have signed up to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment,…
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PLASTICS PACKAGE: unpicking the resources & waste strategy

The government’s new proposals look amazing on paper, however the deadlines are hardly pressing and the concept of reducing consumption is conspicuous only by its absence. By David Burrows. Our energy resources may have been depleted by a hectic year of proposals, press releases and policies on the subject of plastics, but fuelled by cold…
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New waste strategy: reaction

Campaigners welcomed some of the ambition within the strategy, but criticised the timeframes. Mary Creagh, chair of the House of Commons environmental audit committee, also accused the government of “kicking the waste can down the road yet again”. She said: “The plastic bottle deposit return scheme promised in 2018 won’t be ready until 2023. Textile…
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More companies to publish food waste data

Nestlé, Unilever, Walmart and Tesco are among big names signed up to ambitious reduction targets. By David Burrows. There has been a flurry of food waste announcements in the past week, which will see more companies come under pressure to not only measure and manage their waste but to publish data on it and be…
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Plastics package: coffee pods, strawless lids and a bitter BBIA

This month we will mostly be confused by compostables and perplexed by plastics. By David Burrows. For years there have been calls to ditch weight as a measurement for waste and use carbon instead. An analysis of Scotland’s rubbish showed that the five most carbon-intensive waste materials make up just 6% of waste by weight…
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