Legislation Friday 27 November 2015
EU Brexit 20 November 2015

Environmental sector voices Brexit concern

Fears that the UK could leave the European Union and thereby prompt a “rolling back” of important environmental regulations were highlighted at the Environmental Industries Commission’s conference in London yesterday (November 19).


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The Scottish Government looks set to adopt landfill tax checks in line with the rest of the UK 17 November 2015

Scotland commits to landfill tax checks


Scottish ministers have ‘committed’ to introducing loss on ignition (LOI) testing from April 2016 – in a move that will bring Scotland’s landfill tax regime in line with England and Wales. The measures aim to provide ...

Defra's offices in Whitehall. The department would like to see 'cuts to complexity' for businesses 11 November 2015

Defra backs deregulatory approach to circular economy


Defra has called on the EU to focus on measures aimed at easing permitting requirements for small and medium sized businesses in its upcoming circular economy package. The legislative-light proposals could be seen as an ...

European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans 11 November 2015

Trade bodies reach out to Timmermans over EU laws


A group of six UK-based trade bodies has launched a last gasp appeal to EU Commission vice president Frans Timmermans over the inclusion of ‘pull measures’ to encourage recycling in the EU’s imminent Circular Economy package.

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REA petition calls for ‘mandatory’ food waste collections


A petition to introduce mandatory separate collections of food waste across England has been launched by the Renewable Energy Association (REA). The organisation, which includes the Organics Recycling Group, represents anaerobic ...

The Court of Session permanently sits in Scotland's Civil Supreme Court at Parliament House, Edinburgh 2 November 2015

Biffa stakes claim over landfill tax rebates


A legal dispute has erupted between Biffa and Scottish waste firm Patersons over the distribution of landfill tax repayments claimed to be worth £2 million. The case, which was heard in the Scottish Court of Session on October 20...

The Commission's circular economy package is due to be revealed in December 27 October 2015

FEAD calls for circular economy ‘pull’ focus


Landfill diversion targets and ‘pull’ measures to encourage recycling should be the main focus of the upcoming circular economy package if the EU is to drive demand for secondary raw materials. This was the message from the ...

The EU's revised proposals on the future of waste legislation will be published on December 2 16 October 2015

EU looks at food waste for animal feed


More details of the direction of the European Commission’s new Circular Economy laws, due to be unveiled in December, have emerged with a Brussels paper suggesting more food waste should be used as animal feed. And, the internal...

East Cambridgeshire district council was among the first councils to carry out a TEEP assessment of its collection service 15 October 2015

Councils still uncertain over TEEP


Many councils are still unsure of the implications of regulations designed to encourage the separate collection of recyclable materials a recycling officer has claimed, with some having failed altogether to assess their compliance with the ...

Stuart Hayward-Higham (right) shared the stage with Antonis Mavropoulos and Phil Conran at LARAC 2015 15 October 2015

Circular Economy laws ‘to focus on extended producer responsibility’


While some things will not change, such as weight-based targets, plastics, producer responsibility and food waste are all likely to be touched on by the forthcoming Circular Economy package from Brussels, delegates to the LARAC conference ...

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