Resource & 'Waste'
An initiative from recycling campaign #LeedsByExample means that students at Leeds Beckett University can now donate money to the homeless while they recycle their plastic bottles and cans or paper cups on campus - and targets millennials who eat most on the go than other age groups but recycle the least.
The WasteAid's charity's first ever photography competition encourages people to look at waste through a different lens, and inspire them to see the materials as a valuable resource.
Marston's, the brewery and pub group which operates over 1,600 pubs, have confirmed that 100% of the estate, including all of its managed houses and taverns are now operating as Zero to Waste Landfill two years ahead of their own target.
Funding of over £3m has been given for four projects comprising a new plastics recycling partnership, Project Beacon, which has the potential to recycle all plastics in Scotland and beyond – even those that currently can’t be recycled.
Cornish lithium, a crucial material for electric car batteries, is being prospected for from space - an unobtrusive method of mining exploration.
Online retailer Ocado have published a total food waste figure of 0.02% – just 1 in 6,000 items, a near zero waste figure. Ocado's automated business model is built on efficiency and low waste, and tackling the food redistribution strategy has become key, with 2,200 tonnes of food donated in 2017 alone.
Knauf Insulation and Veolia have opened a £10 million glass recycling facility in St Helens, Merseyside whereby 60,000 tonnes of used glass bottles and jars will now be given a new lease of life each year as energy-saving insulation. Fittingly, the town has been well known for glass making, including pioneering the float glass window method, for hundreds of years.
The Global E-Waste Monitor 2017 report brings attention to the growing worldwide issue of e-waste ranging from mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys - with facts and predictions showing large increases and risks to both the environment and human health.
Schoolchildren are being inspired to seriously consider 'untrendy' careers in science and engineering following visits to a Berkshire waste-to-energy plant where Grundon, Viridor and Lakeside join forces to focus on providing STEM education.
The increasing UK homeless crisis, and people intoxicated from alcoholic drink or drugs, means that refuse collectors are living with the growing fear that they could accidentally kill a person sleeping in a commercial wheeled bin, as they attempt to stay warm for the night.