WasteWorld May 25th – New guidance for single-use plastic ban and we ask Jake about asbestos!

Defra announce exemptions and fines for new ban
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Welcome to Thursday, 25th May Edition.

In today's Waste World:
  • New guidance on single-use plastic ban
  • Waste Price Watch – what's happening in the waste market?
  • Ask the Experts – we talk to our waste expert, Jake, about asbestos!
  • What we've been reading – quirky stories that have interested us this week!


New guidance on single-use plastic ban

Defra publish new guidance in preparation for new October ban.

Back on January 14th, Thérèse Coffey announced that a variety of single-use plastic will be banned in England from October 1st. Now, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has provided guidance for businesses in the run up to the changes.

When the new ban comes into place, businesses in England will no longer be able to sell their items in single-use plastic packaging for both online and over the counter sales. As part of their guidance, Defra stated the exemptions including if you're supplying the goods to another business or if the food would need extra preparation before it's eaten, such as microwaving or toasting. If businesses don't comply, they could face a fine and have to cover the costs of the investigation.

To learn more about why single-use plastics are damaging the environment, check out our blog!


Waste Price Watch

Each issue we bring you the latest market prices for recycling; plus the cost of PRN (Packaging Recycling Note) and landfill fees.

For full detail and up to date prices click here. For details on PRNs click here.


Ask the Experts: Jake

Dealing with asbestos on your site!

Asbestos can be difficult to deal with and, if it's not dealt with quickly and safely, it can become incredibly dangerous. That's why we sat down with Jake, one of our waste experts to find out exactly what you should do if you find asbestos on your site.

His advice for dealing with asbestos? Get in touch with an expert as soon as you can: "If people find asbestos on their site, they should get in touch with an expert straight away. The longer it’s left, the more likely it is to be harmful for people. You should never try to remove asbestos yourself. Asbestos should only be removed by trained professionals and specialists."

To hear more about dealing with asbestos, check out our newest Ask the Experts blog. Or, head over to our LinkedIn to find out more about what Jake had to say.


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Creating a more sustainable pint:

A brewery is tackling droughts by making their beers with recycled shower water.

A new recycling world record:

A new world record was set for the largest t-shirt and it's made from over 500,000 plastic bottles!

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