Coca Cola today has become the latest company to make an announcement on plastics saying it is to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can it sells globally by 2030.

The soft drinks company said they will “continue to focus on developing 100-percent recyclable packaging and reducing the amount of plastic in its bottles”. This was said by the company’s president, James Quincey, who will be attending the World Economic Forum in Davos.

 

The Crime-fighting organisation Crimestoppers has launched a campaign with SEPA asking industry and the public to “stay alert” over illegal dumping of waste in warehouses or on farms.

They encourage anyone who works in the waste industry to “play their part by speaking up anonymously about other operators who are putting profits ahead of the public’s health”. Launched last month, with a further push this week on social media asking the public to help report illegal dumping- SEPA says each incident can cost in excess of £1 million. This includes the costs of clean-up, disposal, building repairs or demolition and public services.

Subject to pending parliamentary approval, the Environment Agency (EA) will be able to lock the gates or block access to problem waste sites to prevent waste illegally building up. Potential changes in legislation will also allow the EA to force operators to clear all the waste at any problem waste site, not just the illegal waste.

This comes as today new powers which may potentially be granted to the EA to tackle the “serious problem” of waste crime were announced by the Environmental Minister. It comes in conjunction with the launch of a consultation by Defra on further action to crack-down on illegal sites which will include possible new powers for local authorities to fine householders for using illegal operators.

As a more imminent and short term solution, and subject to parliamentary approval, the Environment Agency (EA) will be able to lock the gates or block access to problem waste sites to prevent waste illegally building up. Changes will also enable the EA to force operators to clear all the waste at a problem waste site, not just the illegal waste.

The new Agency powers are to be introduced by spring 2018, subject to the parliamentary approval. This follows a public consultation in which 90% of respondents, said Defra, were in favour of allowing regulators to take physical steps to prevent operators from accepting more illegally dumped waste.

 

According to Defra, waste crime cost the English economy more than £600m in 2015, including lost landfill tax revenues and clean-up costs.

 

Last month seen the famous RWM show purchased by Prysm Group. There was talk that dates would be amended and that the show would be held in October but this has since further been confirmed that the show will continue to be held in September. 

A number of concerns have been raised regarding this. A number of people voice that the October date clashed with school half term holidays, that the September date is well-established in the industry calendar and some exhibitors had already booked hotels. And, the CIWM, which has a commercial interest in the event, was also in favour of a September date as were a number of senior industry figures involved with RWM.

The Global recycling association- the "Bureau of International Recycling (BIR)" has called for world leaders to implement and strengthen international agreements that promote recycling.

It was recommended in a list of seven changes to prioritise recycling, and world leaders have been asked to commit to this. The changes will be central to the mission of the first Global Recycling Day which is to be held on 18 March this year.

The international initiative designed by BIR is to raise awareness of the need to shift the global perception of what is considered as waste into a valuable resource.

 

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