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UK ‘without policy’ on EU’s Circular Economy plans

Defra is expected to continue to participate in ongoing discussions on the European Union’s Circular Economy Package, despite the UK’s impending withdrawal from the EU.


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In light of the Brexit result, do you think the UK government will keep the 50% recycling target for 2020?

From 1 July, new rules aimed at preventing exporters misdeclaring container weights will come into force 30 June 2016

Exporters face container weight rules from July


New rules ensuring shipping lines verify the weight of containers before they are shipped could create extra costs and even disruption for some UK waste and recycling exporters from tomorrow (1 July). The International Maritime ...

Environment Agency photo of the fire at Plevin’s wood site in Hazlehead in June 30 June 2016

WRA calls for reconsideration on fire plan burn times


Proposed guidance which would limit the amount of time waste fires can be left to burn should be reconsidered, the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) has claimed. The proposal was among those put ...

Keith Bury, who helped lead the UK's input into creation of the Landfill Directive, has called for dialogue to continue with Europe over the environment 30 June 2016

Landfill Directive pioneer calls for European dialogue


One of the UK’s leaders of the waste management sector, involved in the shaping of the Landfill Directive in the 1990s, has urged that the UK remains in dialogue with Europe over environmental issues. The call has come from ...

The Scottish Government is to offer "more prescriptive" guidance on upcoming landfill tax changes 30 June 2016

Scotland unveils ‘more prescriptive’ landfill tax consultation


A second consultation on how landfill tax should be applied to waste fines in Scotland has been launched this week, following confusion over how the material will be classified and tested. Revenue Scotland is seeking views from ...

Proposed aims within Birmingham's 20-year strategy include a 70% recycling rate by 2030 and zero waste to landfill by 2035 30 June 2016

Birmingham to map out 20-year waste strategy


A consultation proposing how to map out Birmingham’s waste strategy over the next 20 years was put to residents yesterday (29 June). And, options being considered include an expansion of the range of recyclable materials ...

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Kent claims 90% of waste handled in UK


Around 90% of Kent’s household waste was reprocessed in the UK in 2014/15 the Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) has claimed in its fourth ‘End Destinations’ report. The KRP is a partnership comprising all 13 councils in ...

Monoworld's new £9 million PRF 29 June 2016

Monoworld sorting mixed plastics at Rushden PRF


Plastics recycling firm Monoworld Recycling is accepting mixed plastic polymers for sorting, following the opening of its £9 million plastics recycling facility (PRF) in Rushden, Northamptonshire. The site, which the company ...

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Excitement mounts for Snowdon ‘Walk for Waste’


With less than three weeks to go before the ‘Walk for Waste’, interest in the Mount Snowdon charity event is rising. On Saturday 16 July, walkers of all abilities will ascend Wales’ highest peak to watch the sunset – ...

Oldham 29 June 2016

Oldham approves three-weekly waste collection scheme


Oldham council’s cabinet has approved proposals to roll out a three-weekly residual waste collection service across the borough. The proposal for the introduction of reduced residual waste collections was discussed at a ...

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After the vote: Assessing the impact of Brexit

Opinion: Gev Eduljee, director of external affairs at Suez, reflects on the challenges ahead for the recycling sector following the UK's historic decision to leave the EU. With the political fallout from last Thursday’s ...

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Hazard perception

Earlier this year, the government unveiled new amendments to the Hazardous Waste Regulations. But what do they mean to waste producers? Dr Ken Westlake, director of Waste Training Services, gives an overview.

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News last week that Air Products is to exit the energy from waste sector has come as little surprise to many in the waste industry. “It was inevitable,” tweeted Jarno Stet, waste services manager at Westminster city council...


The latest set of recycling figures shouldn't prompt a panic but they certainly merit a scrutiny of current strategies and approaches. Over the years there have been variations in the amount of green waste collected and this has ...

25 November 2015

Sweetening the pill

The Chancellor’s announcement today that Defra will be spared some of the heavy cuts envisaged over the next five years will cause many in the waste industry to breathe a sigh of relief.