Environmental news round-up from UNTHA UK

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There’s always lots going on in the waste and recycling sector – with new innovations, collaborations, and initiatives from both existing and emerging industry players. We’ve done a sweep of the headlines and have compiled some of the most important stories from recent weeks.

Why not grab a brew and take a look?

A score for plastic recycling at Wembley
Veolia’s collaboration with the Football Association and Wembley Stadium saw the creation of a recycled plastic banner – comprising 47,600 bottles that were spun into PET plastic yarn.

The 105-metre-long and 68-metre-wide innovation was used to unveil the pitch during the Liverpool and Chelsea cup final, and will now be transformed into drawstring bags and sports bibs that will be donated to the local community.

Increase in waste wood sent to UK biomass plants
The Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) has reported that the tonnage of waste wood sentto biomass plants in the UK grew by more than 400,000 (15%) in 2021.

The WRA added that overall biomass capacity could increase even further to 3 million tonnes, from the current 2.4 million.

The statistics also revealed an uplift in the amount of exported wood waste – rising from 92,000 tonnes in 2020 to 139,000 in 2021 – alongside a downturn in the volume of imported

Nature’s answer to plastic recycling?
Scientists in Australia have discovered that ‘superworms’ – larvae of the darkling beetle – have an “extraordinary capability for digesting waste plastic”. Following three-week-long trials, it’s been uncovered that these animals are able to “thrive on a polystyrene-only diet” and derive energy from the material.

If the process can work on an industrial scale, it’s believed that superworms could help to reduce the levels of human pollution.

New initiative helps to drive a circular economy Charity
WasteAid launched its ‘Zero Waste Cities Challenge’, seeing it invite “grassroots entrepreneurs to propose their business ideas that would contribute towards a circular economy.” The initiative was introduced in a bid to help the “many waste champions with great ideas but no access to finance”.

This is an ethos we echo here at UNTHA UK. We believe that all organisations – no matter how big or small they are, or the size of their budget – should have equal opportunities when it comes to driving the world’s closed loop, circular agenda forward.
That’s why we offer our own range of UNTHA Finance packages for our world-renowned machines.

Improved food waste reporting for large businesses
As part of the Government’s recently published Food Strategy, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is consulting “on options to improve food waste reporting by large food businesses in England.”

In terms of deciding which organisations would be affected by the new measures, Defra has proposed this should apply to companies with more than 250 staff.

Single-use plastic ban in Scotland
Taking place from 1 st June, the Scottish Government has banned many “problematic” single-use plastics – including polystyrene food containers and cups, alongside straws, stirrers, balloon sticks, and more.

With circa 700 million of these items being used in the country every year, the new legislation aims to reduce this – and failure to comply with the regulations will incur monetary fines. This is one step further regarding the ‘War on Plastic’.

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