As of Thursday 5th November 2020, England is officially in its second full lockdown. Unlike the first lockdown, schools and universities are to stay open; however, all non-essential businesses must close and all those able to work from home must do so. People are also being told to stay at home, with the only exceptions being…

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When the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK and we went into lockdown in March 2020, the hygiene industry was left fully exposed. COVID-19 revealed just how unprepared for such an event we were; people went out panic buying and key hygiene products were nowhere to be found in supermarkets. Toilet paper, soap, disinfectants, gloves, masks…

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The UK government is set to introduce a deposit-return scheme (DRS) for all drinks containers that will come into effect from 2023 and will be implemented across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Under this scheme, consumers will be required to pay a charge when purchasing drinks that they can later reclaim when the containers are…

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On Tuesday 2nd September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the government’s plans for implementing new coronavirus restrictions in the UK. The reactions to these measures in the media and around the country have been extremely varied. Many express that they feel the new regulations are appropriate and will help bring the rate of new infections down…

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As you venture through the beautiful Welsh countryside, it becomes obvious that the Welsh government must be applauded for taking a stand in doing something to tackle plastic waste. Expected to come into effect in the first half of 2021, Wales is introducing a ban on a long list of single-use plastic items. They have…

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The areas of society that have not been affected by Covid-19 are few and far between; industries across the globe have had to assess and adapt to the changing world at lightspeed. The instancy and intensity with which demand for plastic in particular has surged is unprecedented. From medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE)…

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Having worked in the waste industry for many years, I had been trying to find my place. Trying to find a job I enjoyed and could really sink my teeth into; one that suited my personality and lifestyle. Ten years ago I set up my own event recycling business, and before that had worked for…

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Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth, and one of the building blocks of the European Green Deal, has been to adopt the Circular Economy Action Plan. A circular economy is an economic system designed to minimise waste by using sustainable resources that can be cyclically reused, rather than relying on a constant supply of new…

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