You probably know about the waste problem in our oceans. Airline passengers generated 5.2m tonnes of waste in 2016, most of which went to landfill or incineration, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates. And it's a figure set to double over the next 15 years. Toilet waste is included in that statistic. But so are miniature wine bottles, half-eaten lunch trays, unused toothbrushes and other hallmarks of air travel.
The United States Department of Energy released a Draft Plan for a Defense Waste Repository for public comment on December 16, 2016. The Defense Waste Repository would only be for nuclear waste generated from our production of nuclear weapons and includes both categories of weapons waste – high-level waste (HLW) and transuranic waste (TRU). This is the goopy peanut-butter-like junk in many of the nuclear waste tanks up at the Hanford Site in Washington State that holds waste left over from the production of nuclear weapons during the Cold War. It needs a repository separate from commercial waste. And so begins our Nation's attempt to get back to science with respect to our nuclear waste disposal program.
The level of household food waste in England is "unacceptable" and householders have a key role to play in reducing it, MPs have said. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said 7.3m tonnes of food was wasted in UK households in 2015. The committee said shops should relax standards that prevent the sale of "wonky vegetables" to help cut waste. And the next government should consider whether "best before" dates were needed, it said. Committee chairman Neil Parish said: "One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, and in the UK over £10bn worth of food is thrown away by households every year.
UK councils are charging almost £74m a year between them for garden waste collection, BBC research has suggested. Data collected by BBC One's Rip Off Britain revealed that more than half of councils had introduced charges. Residents' green waste was previously paid for through the council tax by most local authorities. The Local Government Association said councils were forced to charge because they face a £5bn shortfall in funding from central government. Rip Off Britain gathered responses under the Freedom of Information Act from 322 of the 326 UK local authorities responsible for waste collection.