Legislation Wednesday 27 July 2016
The impact of Treasury spending decisions on environmental policies has been questioned 20 July 2016

Spending cut impact on environmental targets ‘likely’

Cuts outlined by the Treasury in its Autumn 2015 spending review are likely to slow progress towards meeting environmental targets, the National Audit Office warned today (20 July). The five-year spending plans, outlined by the ...


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The case was heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in Central London 21 July 2016

VAT judicial review case heard at High Court


The judicial review case to decide if councils in England should remain exempt from charging VAT on commercial waste collections was heard in London’s Royal Courts of Justice this week. North east waste business, The Durham ...

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‘Optimism’ over Circular Economy pull measures


A European recycling body has reiterated its call for recycling ‘pull measures’ to encourage the use of recycled content in products to be introduced as part of the EU’s Circular Economy package. Speaking at last week’s ...

Guidance is being drawn up in a bid to prevent fires at waste sites. (Picture: Essex Fire Service) 18 July 2016

Wood recyclers question EA storage flexibility


The Environment Agency could ‘seriously damage’ the wood recycling sector if it fails to clarify how new Fire Prevention Plan guidance will impact permits to store waste. This was the message from the Wood Recyclers ...

The Environment Agency said that vehicles that TLC Recycling had claimed had been used to collect WEEE had been recorded as being in different places at the same time 18 July 2016

WEEE fraudster handed seven-year prison sentence


A man convicted of committing waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) evidence fraud worth up to £2.2 million was handed a seven year and six month jail sentence at Leeds Crown Court on Friday (July 15).

Defra is examining options for more producer responsibility regimes 15 July 2016

Defra examining producer responsibility options


Ministers at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have instructed officials to look at the options for introducing extended producer responsibility schemes for specific product lines. Sources at Defra have ...

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Creagh: Brexit leaves recycling investors ‘reeling’


The UK’s decision to leave the European Union will see investors in recycling technologies look to countries of less risk, Environmental Audit Committee chair Mary Creagh has warned. Speaking at Tuesday’s Westminster debate on...

The Administration Court ruled in favour of Biffa over its landfill tax challenge against HMRC 12 July 2016

Biffa wins ‘unprecedented’ landfill layer case


Biffa’s legal challenge to not pay landfill tax on waste used in construction at any of its landfill sites has been upheld by the Administrative Court – in a significant ruling for industry claimants. High Court Judge Sir ...

Lesley-Griffiths 7 July 2016

Welsh Minister to ‘look closely’ at recycling penalties


Wales’ newly-appointed Environment Secretary has warned that her department may need to look ‘more closely’ at potential penalties for councils who fail to meet future recycling targets. In an exclusive interview with ...

Defra's Nobel House headquarters 6 July 2016

Defra ‘committed’ to 25-year environment plan


Hopes that Defra’s forthcoming 25-year plan could act as a spur to government focus on waste and recycling policy have been temporarily dashed, after the Department confirmed it has put the plan on-hold. However, a spokesman has...

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