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25 Year Environment Plan: The breakdown

Jan 11, 2018

SOURCE: 25 Year Environment Plan, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

A new policy paper was published today, by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Setting out what the UK government are going to do to improve the environment over the next 25 years.


The policy paper sets out the government's targets:

  1. Clean air
  2. Clean and plentiful water
  3. Thriving plants and wildlife
  4. A reduced risk of harm from environmental hazards such as flooding and drought
  5. Using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently
  6. Enhanced beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment

The policy paper sets out the 6 key areas in which action will be focussed, which are split across 6 chapters.

CS Recycling were especially interested in Chapter 4: Increasing resource efficiency and reducing pollution and waste and Chapter 6: Protecting and improving the global environment.

Key notes from Chapter 4:

  • The government are committed to develop a new national Resource and Waste strategy to achieve their goal of zero avoidable waste by 2050. This report will be published later in 2018.
  • The government are “committed to supporting comprehensive and frequent waste and recycling collections which protect local amenity and ensure that products are recycled as much as possible, returning high quality materials back to the economy.”
  • The government will be setting out plans for a “Bioeconomy Strategy” later in 2018, looking to develop a bio-based economy and remove dependence on finite fossil resources.
  • The government are going to be seeking views on how the tax system or charges could reduce the amount of single use plastics waste.
  • Research shows that the government have invested roughly £54m of public research and development money on plastics innovation in the past 7 years.
  • At the production stage, the government will encourage producers to take more responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products.
  • By working with the waste management industry and reprocessors, the government looks to significantly increase the proportion of plastic packaging that is collected and recycled.
  • Through the Framework for Greater Consistency, WRAP is working with industry and local authorities to ensure that a consistent set of materials are collected by all local authorities.

Key notes from Chapter 6:

  • The government will provide “international leadership lead by example in tackling climate change and protecting and improving international biodiversity.”
  • They will help “developing nations protect and improve the environment by providing assistance and supporting disaster planning.”
  • They will “support and protect international forests and sustainable agriculture.”
  • And will leave a “lighter footprint on the global environment by enhancing sustainability and supporting zero deforestation supply chains.”
  • They will be reducing UK emissions from 1990 levels by at least 80% by 2050 and publishing a second National Adaptation Programme in 2018.
  • They have promised to use their “diplomacy on the international stage to encourage more ambitious global action”.
  • The government will be phasing out unabated coal-fired electricity by 2025.

Our expert comments:

CS Recycling Managing Director, Craig Curtis, commented “After seeing how quickly China made changes to it's policies on waste import, a 25 year plan seems a little long winded to reform our own policies. Although the general basis of the policy paper sets the UK's sights in the right direction, our environment needs reform sooner rather than later.

“On a positive note, the entire policy paper does indicate the deep level of interest this government has taken in the global and national environment, which is wholly motivating as key contributors to circular economy. We are looking forward to seeing the subsequent policies promised within the paper including new national Resource and Waste strategy and Bioeconomy Strategy””

Read the full policy paper:

Landfill prices on the increase

Jul 18, 2017

SOURCE: WRAP Gate Fees Report 2017

It’s becoming more and more important to recycle… For financial reasons, if nothing else.

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Why Pringles hit the news

Jun 17, 2017

Photography copyright: ALAMY

The Recycling Association was recently asked by the BBC to identify products that are difficult to recycle. The Association highlighted the iconic Pringles container, which incorporates a mix of materials that are difficult to separate, and Lucozade Sport bottles, which have a branding jacket that is unrecyclable and difficult to remove from the bottle.

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Hertfordshire fly-tipping out of control

Jun 14, 2017

Photography copyright: PrestonScenery, Pinterest

Everyone needs to do their bit to crack down on fly-tipping. It’s important that Hertsmere Borough Council, local businesses and the local community should unite to prevent fly-tipping from increasing in the area.

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The first Quality First Conference 2017

Apr 10, 2017

As CS Recycling are a part of the Recycling Association, we attended the first Quality First Conference. This comprised of a full day of speakers; starting with a keynote by Recycling Association President, Adrian Jackson. The day included notable speakers such as Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability at Coca Cola and Kevin Vyse, Head of Packaging Innovation Technology at Marks and Spencer.

The Quality First Conference was the first of its kind since the creation of the Quality First Scheme. The scheme aims to raise awareness of the need for the UK to improve the quality of its recyclable materials.

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China's National Sword

Mar 17, 2017

Photography copyright: Overflo

As international suppliers of recyclates, CS Recycling see the significance of the new National Sword regulations that have been recently announced. This shows, now more than ever, the importance of the Quality First program led by The UK Recycling Association. It’s a call to action for all participants of the recycling supply chain; from packaging designers to manufacturers to reprocessors such as ourselves.

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Waste Management for England 2015 report summary and comments

Oct 31, 2016

Source: EA, Waste management 2015 in England report summary

Proceeding the release of the annual waste management report for England, by the Environment Agency, we have noticed some significant trends among waste management.

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Plastic Island in the Pacific Ocean

Oct 23, 2015

At CS Recycling we believe the need for plastic recycling is very important as illustrated by recent articles we published in our ‘News’ section.

Plastic Packaging Recycling for Businesses – 7 July and Deposits for Glass & Plastic Bottles Ignites Debate – 11 June.

The ‘Plastic Island’ has had a lot of press coverage recently and for those who may have missed we would like to repeat some of the basic facts.

In the Pacific Ocean there is a phenomenon known as ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’, ‘Floating Plastic Island’ or simply ‘Garbage Island’.

Although it sits between Japan and Hawaii the waste comes from Asia, Canada and the US.

Worldwide 100 million tonnes of plastic is produced annually, 10% of which ends up in the sea, emanating from platforms, ships or blown from land.

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See How Artists Are Turning Recycling Into Masterpieces

Sep 30, 2015

This week we are featuring work by the artist Ptolemy Elrington.

Born in the South of England and growing up in the North, Ptolemy studied Art and Design at Bradford and Ilkley Community College during the mid-eighties. His sculptures are of natural forms and are created from recycled plastic hubcaps.

His work has been commissioned by the likes of DEFRA, The Eden Project, The Environment Agency and the R.S.P.B.

Ptolemy has also made TV appearances on Richard and Judy and Blue Peter.

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