The British Plastics Federation (BPF) released a Recycling Roadmap on 12th January, which highlights what the UK needs to achieve if it is to drastically reduce its reliance on plastic waste and reduce plastic going to landfill to 1% by 2030. The report also brings together all currently available data on plastic recycling.

The key points are:

Veolia launches Covid-19 test kit treatment service

12 Jan 2021 |
James Langley, letsrecycle

Veolia has introduced a treatment service for the potentially contaminated waste generated by Covid-19 tests.

The waste produced from testing kits is classified as offensive waste (EWC 180104) and non-hazardous chemical waste (EWC 180107). This means it needs to be stored separately from all other waste, and can only be treated at facilities permitted to take it.

National lockdowns latest

5 Jan 2021 |
LARAC Office

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England (Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have individual lockdown measures - click on the links for the latest info).

APSE, the Association for Public Service Excellence, has announced that the winner of the Best Service Team for the delivery of a Waste Management and Recycling Service is East Riding of Yorkshire Council with the council also taking the top prize as Overall Council of the Year.

The annual awards celebrate outstanding achievement and innovation within local government service delivery.

Litter Binfrastructure grant

21 Dec 2020 |

This grant scheme has been created to support the release of the 'Binfrastructure - The right bin in the right place' guidance released by WRAP on behalf of Defra in October.  

The scheme is open to local authorities based in England and shall award capital grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 to successful applicants for the purchase and installation of new bins, with the aim of providing infrastructure in identified litter-prone 'hotspot' locations.