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The latest report from the Circular Economy Task Force recommends four positive steps to solve the problem:

  • standardised recycling collections;
  • waste-generating companies to contribute to council costs;
  • responsible companies should pay lower producer responsibility fees;
  • enable councils to charge those households which don’t recycle properly.

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Using food waste as pig feed

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

This FCRN blog post by Karen Luyckz argues that instead of feeding virgin crops like soy, barley or maize to pigs and chickens, we should allow these omnivores to eat our leftovers, as they’ve done for thousands of years. In fact, in the UK, during both world wars leftover food was the only thing they could eat at all, as it was illegal to feed pigs any food that was deemed fit for human consumption.

A new report by a research team at Cardiff University presents the results of an ESRC-funded project which examined the behavioural and attitudinal impacts of the English plastic bag charge, introduced in October 2015.

This implementation guide from Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme from Zero Waste Scotland, describes how organisations can effectively measure and monitor their use of energy, water and raw materials, in order to identify patterns of wasteful behaviour and opportunities to reduce resource use, improve environmental performance and save money.  It provides a clear five-step guide:

Next steps for waste and recycling policy in the UK

By Editor on 28th September 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 09:30 to 13:00

London

Timed to follow a year on from the introduction of the EU Circular Economy package of reforms, and in the context of the recent government ban on microbeads set for 2017, this seminar will discuss the next steps for implementing measures to improve resource efficiency and the future for the waste sector in the UK.  

Date and Time: 
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 17:30 to 19:00

University of Westminster, London

Since the 2000s, the global energy landscape that took shape in the last two decades of the twentieth century has been altered due to major geo-political and geo-economical shifts, growing climate change concerns, the rise of new players in the energy sector and technological breakthroughs. This panel discussion seeks to provide new perspectives on world energy prospects and challenges.

Product Lifetimes and The Environment (PLATE) Seminar 2016

By Editor on 14th September 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 10:00 to 16:30

Nottingham

This timely event offers participants the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest developments in product lifetime policy and practice, planned obsolescence, reuse and repair. Set within the context of growing EU interest in product lifetimes, confirmed speakers include Ferenc Pekar (European Commission), entrepreneur Tara Button (BuyMeOnce.com), Dr Carlos Montalvo (TNO, Netherlands) and Dr Ines Oehme (Federal Environment Agency, Germany).

Date and Time: 
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 09:30 to Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 17:45

University for the Creative Arts, Epsom

Organised by the Centre for Sustainable Design at UCA as part of the ‘Towards Sustainable Product Design’ series of conferences, this conference will provide a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to Circular Economy innovation and design related to products, services, technologies and new business models.  The event will create a unique space for learning, networking and thinking.  Delegates will come globally from large companies and SMEs, as well as academia, government and non-governmental organisations. 

Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 11:00 to Friday, September 2, 2016 - 13:15

Ålesund, Norway

Circular Ocean’s first conference aims to bring together key stakeholders who are involved in striving towards a more circular economy in relation to fishing nets and ropes particularly. 

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 18:00 to 20:30

University of Surrey, Guildford

Resource efficiency is one of the major challenges facing our society in the 21st century. In order to increase the resource efficiency of our industrial system, we need to move from a linear to a circular economy. A circular economy is an economic and industrial system based on the reuse of products and raw materials and the restorative capacity of natural resources. 

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