55% Large Businesses Commit to Circularity, Yet Don’t Make the Change

Circular Economy Business

A recent study released by Bain & Company found that over half of large enterprises, precisely 55%, have expressed commitments towards circularity. However, the prevailing “linear mindset” continues to hinder these companies from wholly incorporating it into their operational practices. Circular Economy Business Practices Of the organisations that were part of this survey, only 20%…

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Updates From the World of Recycling | August

WasteTrade Exhibiting at Plast 2023 Next Week In Milan WasteTrade is exhibiting at Plast 2023 next week in Milan from 5-8th September. Plast 2023 is a trade show for the global plastics industry, showcasing the latest talent and innovation in all areas of plastics; WasteTrade will be exhibiting to make the industry aware of the…

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What is Waste? Rethinking Our Waste Definition

Waste Definition

Evolution of the Waste Definition The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) emphasises the pressing need to reconsider the current waste definition. As the resources and waste sector has progressed, newer and more nuanced management techniques have emerged. Unfortunately, the prevailing EU definitions hinders us in realising their full potential. In the past, waste was…

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Plastic Packaging Tax Reforms | The Questions we Should be Asking

Plastic Packaging Tax

Plastic Packaging Tax 2023 The United Kingdom’s HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has opened its doors to a new consultation about the future of the Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT), offering a fresh opportunity for industry professionals to contribute their insights. Zoe Brimelow, a director at Duo, a prominent packaging manufacturer and consultancy firm, has identified…

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Updates From the World of Recycling | July

Defra’s Newly Released Waste Statistics: A Detailed Analysis The UK’s recycling rate slightly improved from 44.4% in 2020 to 44.6% in 2021, but the amount of biodegradable waste sent to landfill increased, and packaging waste recycling remained stagnant at 63.2%. Recycling rates varied by material, with paper and cardboard reaching 70.6%, metals at 76%, but…

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Staggering £6 Million Investment into Plastics Research


£6M Boost in Plastic Sustainability Research UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a prominent national funding agency, has made a significant stride in environmental conservation by backing five unique, sustainable plastic projects with a hefty £6m in funding. This move is part of the UK’s broader drive towards a sustainable future and is anticipated to yield…

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Defra’s Newly Released Waste Statistics: A Detailed Analysis

Defra Waste Statistics

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) recently published the nation’s waste statistics for 2021, casting a spotlight on the recycling efforts across the country. The data reveals nuanced improvements, stagnation in some areas, and continued cause for concern in others. However, industry experts and stakeholders maintain that the fight against waste…

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Corporate Social Responsibility UK | Why Your Business Should be Embracing CSR

corporate social responsibility uk

The term ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR) refers to business practices that help companies be socially accountable—to themselves, their stakeholders, their clients, and the public. In the current business environment, CSR is no longer a luxury but a necessity; it is the cornerstone upon which forward-thinking businesses build their reputations and sustainability strategies. Prioritising CSR Recycling…

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WasteTrade Launching New and Improved Waste Marketplace

New WasteTrade Marketpalce

The New Marketplace WasteTrade is thrilled to announce the launch of our new and improved marketplace this week. With a strong focus on enhancing the user experience, streamlining navigation, and increasing the efficiency of the recycling process, WasteTrade is positioned to revolutionise the way waste commodities are traded. New Layout One of the standout features…

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England’s Single-Use Plastic Ban | Defra Publishes Guidance

Single-Use Plastic Ban

Single-Use Plastic Ban The United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has recently made public its advisory on the impending ban of single-use plastics across England, set to come into effect from the 1st of October, 2023. On the 14th of January, Thérèse Coffey, the Environment Secretary, released a statement announcing that…

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WasteTrade at PRSE 2023: Changing Course to a Greener Future

WasteTrade at PRSE 2023

Last week, WasteTrade exhibited at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) 2023 in Amsterdam. Over the course of two days, we had the chance to meet and network with a broad range of individuals and organisations from within the plastics recycling industry throughout Europe and around the world. We found the event to be a…

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UK Gov Suggests Alterations to Plastic Packaging Tax to Promote Chemical Recycling

Plastic Packaging

The UK government has declared its intention to hold a consultation on amending the Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) to incentivise investment in chemical recycling. Mass Balance Approach: A Game-Changer for UK Recycling? The consultation aims to gather opinions on whether a “mass balance approach” should be permitted for determining the percentage of recycled content in…

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WasteTrade Returns to PRSE Amsterdam 2023: Exhibiting 10-11 May 2023, Stand No. A43

WasteTrade Exhibiting at PRSE Amsterdam 2023

WasteTrade is delighted to announce its attendance at the prestigious PRSE Amsterdam 2023 trade show, an event dedicated to European plastics recycling. The team looks forward to reconnecting with industry professionals and forging new relationships in the pursuit of sustainable and circular waste management solutions. WasteTrade is a cutting-edge online marketplace designed to bridge the…

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Protecting the Environment or Making a Profit? A Closer Look at the UK Government’s Proposed Bin Collection Changes

Bin Collection Changes

The UK government will require households to segregate plastic waste by type into different recycling bins to increase recycling rates and reduce plastic waste in landfills and incinerators. Critics have raised concerns about the cost and complexity of the changes, as well as the potential for reduced recycling rates and unclear motivations behind the policy.…

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National Careers Week | An Interview With Liza Ambat

Liza Ambat is a Web Design and Development Executive here at WasteTrade, and is one of the newest members of the team. She has been with us just over two months and has settled into the team nicely. As it is Careers Week this week, we thought we would sit down with Liza to find…

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National Careers Week | An Interview With Victor Cojocaru

Victor Cojocaru is a Front-End Web Developer at WasteTrade and joined the team recently. Although he has only been here a short time, he has already made a positive impact since joining the team. We thought it would be great to sit down with him during Careers Week to learn more about his professional background,…

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National Careers Week | An Interview With Carla Fuller

Carla Fuller is an Online Support Specialist here at WasteTrade, and having started just under two months ago, she is one of the newest members of the team. With it being careers week, we took the opportunity to speak to Carla and learn more about her professional background, her experience at WasteTrade so far and…

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£77 Million Investment in Maritime Net Zero Technology | UK Government

Net Zero Technology

The UK government has launched a £77 million Zero Emission Vessels and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition aimed at decarbonising the country’s maritime sector. The funding will take existing green maritime technology from the factory to the sea, identifying which projects will have a long-term impact in reducing emissions. The ZEVI competition will provide funding for innovative…

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Single Use Plastic Plates and Cutlery To Be Banned In England

single use plastic

Single Use Plastics Single use plastic plates, cutlery and other items are set to be banned in England from October 2023; this action is part of England’s 25 Year Environment Plan (2018), which aims to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the ban…

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WasteTrade | 2022: A Year In Review

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As Christmas and the new year get closer, we have decided to take this opportunity to reflect on 2022 and look back at everything we achieved in our first full year. 2022 is the WasteTrade’s first full calendar year, and to say it has been an eventful one would be an understatement. At the beginning…

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WasteTrade Nominated For ‘Waste’ Award | The Big Sustainability Expo 2022

Big Sustainability Expo

Waste Management Company We are delighted to announce we have been shortlisted as a finalist for the ‘Waste’ Award at this year’s Big Sustainability Expo in St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton on September 22nd. The waste award we are nominated for is: “From circular principles applied to design, to projects achieving zero waste and remanufacturing initiatives,…

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June 22nd – WasteTrade: The Launch | PRSE 2022 Amsterdam.

The ever-growing waste crisis has been devastating the natural environment across the globe for decades. The waste industry has been struggling for a long time, failing to sustainably process anywhere near the amount of waste we produce. Compliance and regulation issues, coordinating transport and the lack of clarity around the most ethical means of waste…

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The 2030 Agenda

Sustainability Agenda What is the 2030 Agenda? The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations at the Sustainable Development summit, held in September 2015. The agenda was designed to bring about a more sustainable future for the entire planet; in the UN’s own…

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ThinkCarbon is a new project tasked with combatting the excessive levels of carbon emissions being produced around the world. Owing to decades of over-consumption, we are facing a climate catastrophe. However, it is not too late for us to make the important changes we need to make for the sake of our future. ThinkCarbon is…

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Work With Us

WasteTrade is a new tech company looking to make a global impact on the world’s waste and sustainability industries. We offer meaningful career opportunities to individuals ideally suited to helping us achieve this. We want to work alongside people who share our beliefs and are excited to get involved in what we know will be…

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WasteTrade: The Global Waste Marketplace

Owing to decades of over-production and over-consumption around the world, we are facing a climate catastrophe. Globally, we produce over 2 billion tonnes of waste every year; that number is forecast to increase to 3.4 billion tonnes by 2050. Billions of tonnes of waste every year are handled in ways that cause harm to and…

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