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Scotland is to become the home of one of the world’s most advanced glass recycling facilities, after Scottish Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead yesterday officially opened a £25m new facility in North Lanarkshire.

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Major fashion retailer H&M is seeking new ideas on how to reduce its environmental footprint, after yesterday announcing a €1m grant will be offered to help develop innovative techniques to recycle its clothes.

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With more than one trillion plastic bags distributed worldwide each year, the amount of waste created through everyday shopping is substantial, contributing to an ever-growing crisis of polluted water and non-biodegradable landfills. Estimates suggest there are nearly 50,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the world’s oceans which take up to 500 years to degrade.

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Waste advisory charity WRAP and environmental consultancy Valpak are to team up to research the lifecycle of card and paper, it was announced yesterday.

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Household recycling rates in England are maintaining steady improvement, but currently look set to fall short of meeting EU targets for 2020, according to data released yesterday by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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