South Ayrshire Council has become the first local authority to sign up to the Scottish Government-backed Resource Sector Commitment, which aims to help deliver the country's zero waste targets by setting standards for business waste collection.
The scheme has been developed by Zero Waste Scotland in association with the resource management industry and small business representatives.
More than 200 solar photovoltaic panels have been fitted to a multi-storey car park owned by Bedford Borough Council in the first phase of a £1.7m scheme to cut energy costs.
The Re:Fit Project will see outsourcing specialist Mitie make improvements to seven council buildings to reduce their running costs and environmental impact. The improvements are expected to pay back their implementation costs within eight years.
The Government should consider introducing council tax discounts linked to a property's energy efficiency to encourage take-up of the Green Deal, a new report has argued.
The study from the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) said that offering a council tax cut for high-performance houses and higher rates for those homes with poor efficiency would be a significant incentive for driving retrofit work due to the broad impact of council tax.
A new recycling campaign is asking local authorities to encourage residents to leave aluminium caps and closures in glass bottles for recycling.
You Can Leave Your Cap On has been launched by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) in partnership with British Glass and the European Aluminium Foil Association, who estimate that around 5,000 tonnes of the metal worth some £2m could be diverted from landfill if recyclers screwed caps back on empty wine or olive oil bottles before depositing them.
Cornwall Council is offering grants to local businesses to help them encourage their staff to take greener forms of transport.
Some 57 per cent of people in the county currently use their car to get to work and the council has set aside £155,000 over the next two years from its local transport plan to provide match funding of up to 75 per cent for facilities or equipment that support more sustainable travel.
This could include remodelling car parks to provide car share spaces, creating secure cycle storage or buying a pool of bicycles for staff to use.
Salford City Council has cut its energy bills by more than £1m since 2007, despite a "dramatic" rise in prices.
Green schemes such as improved heating controls to limit gas use and cavity wall and loft insulation have been used at a range of council-owned buildings, including schools, libraries and leisure centres.
The authority said its energy savings have helped to cut carbon emissions by around 20 per cent.