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Southampton City Council among worst at recycling household waste

Published in the Southern Daily Echo on the 15th May 2018

 

LESS than 30 per cent of household waste in Southampton is recycled or reused, ranking it one of the worst in the country.

This figure, from the 2016/17 financial year, puts the city council – who deals with recycling – in the bottom 10 per cent of authorities across the UK – ranked 321 out of 350.

But civic chiefs say the it has now improved rates from 28.2 per cent to 32 per cent, despite cutting bin collections from weekly to fortnighly last year.

Cabinet member for environment and transport Cllr Jacqui Rayment said: “Residents have started to recycle more following the changeover to alternate weekly bin collections in June last year, and we are engaging with and supporting key areas in the city to further build on this improvement.

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EU member states support near-total neonicotinoids ban

Concerns over the health of honeybees and other pollinators have led the EU to push for a total ban. Credit Getty Images

Published on the BBC News website on 27th April 2018
Story by Matt McGrath, Environment Correspondent

 

Member states have voted in favour of an almost complete ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides across the EU.

Scientific studies have long linked their use to the decline of honeybees, wild bees and other pollinators.

The move represents a major extension of existing restrictions, in place since 2013.

Manufacturers and some farming groups have opposed the move, saying the science remains uncertain.

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Companies sign up to pledge to cut plastic pollution

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Published on the BBC News website on 26th April 2018

 

More than 40 companies have signed up to a pact to cut plastic pollution over the next seven years.

The firms, which include Coca-Cola and Asda, have promised to honour a number of pledges such as eliminating single-use packaging through better design.

They have joined the government, trade associations and campaigners to form the UK Plastics Pact.

The signatories are responsible for more than 80% of plastic packaging on products sold through UK supermarkets.

One of the promises which companies, such as such consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble and Marks & Spencer, have signed up to is to make 100% of plastic packaging ready for recycling or composting by 2025.

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