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RAY COBBETT: Aiming towards plastic-free towns

Friends of the Earth would like to see towns go plastic-free. This plastic was found on Hayling beach.

Published in the Portsmouth News on 17th May 2018


The Friends of the Earth co-ordinator says councils must do more

When Teresa May launched the government’s 25 year environment plan earlier this year, she pledged to eliminate plastic waste by 2042.

Among other measures Mrs May wanted to see more plastic-free aisles in supermarkets, a deposit-return scheme for Britain’s 13 billion plastic bottles and extension of the very successful 5p charge for plastic bags to small retailers.

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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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