Five things you might have missed over Christmas

China plastic ban, a green year in electricity, a ban on microbeads and more… Things you might have missed over the Christmas break

Plastic bottles baled for recycling. Photograph: Gnter Menzl/123RF
In the dock: plastics going nowhere. Photograph: Gnter Menzl/123RF

China enforces plastic ban

China has implemented its decision to ban the import of 24 kinds of solid wastes – a move which is stoking fears within the UK recycling industry.

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