Conservatives could review recycling measures

Therese Coffey has suggested that a Conservative government could review the use of ‘weight-based’ targets to measure recycling in the UK.

90 per cent of floodplains unfit for purpose

A new study reveals that only 10 per cent of England’s extensive floodplains are fit for purpose, increasing the risk of flooding across the UK.

UK sued for first time over illegal air pollution

The government will be taken to court for a third time over its plans to tackle the UK’s illegal levels of air pollution.

Aberdeen City Council to spend £1.3m on park refurbishment

A total of £1.3million is to be spent refurbishing play parks across Aberdeen in 2017/18 after the money was agreed by the City Council’s communities, housing and infrastructure committee.

East Hampshire litter penalties halve after privatisation reversal

Figures have shown the number of fines for litter and dog fouling has halved for East Hampshire District Council, after it replaced private enforcement officers with its own staff.

Lights on option for Surrey councils

Local councils in Surrey could be handed powers to turn street lights back on, if they pay for the cost of doing so themselves.

Councils would be hit by deposit scheme

Plastic bottle deposit schemes could threaten the investment made by local authorities in infrastructure and collection services.

UK’s bathing water quality questioned

An EEA survey has found that 20 beaches across Britain failed an assessment on the quality of their bathing water.

Rutland renews recycling contract with Casepak

Rutland County Council has renewed its recycling contract with Leicester-based recycling company Casepak, following a competitive selection process

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has unveiled a new £17 million double-decker fleet of buses that will be powered by biomethane.

Liverpool council defends litter firm slammed for preying on publi

Liverpool Council has defended its new litter partner firm Kingdom, after an undercover Panorama investigation found litter officers were ‘lying in wait’ to hand out fines to unsuspecting residents on the city’s streets.

Poor quality packaging threatens UK recycling, RA warns

A survey of UK recycling industry experts conducted by the Recycling Association (RA) at the Quality First Recycling Conference has revealed that 59 per cent of respondents considered poor material quality to represent the biggest threat to the sector.

South Northamptonshire joins MetalMatters scheme

South Northamptonshire council has announced that it has joined the ‘MetalMatters’ communications initiative.

World's biggest wind turbines go online near Liverpool

Dong Energy’s wind turbines have begun generating electricity off the Liverpool coast.

Hedges can help cut pollution in cities

New research has argued that hedges are often better than trees at soaking up air pollution among tall buildings.

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