Legislation Sunday 25 September 2016
Environment Agency officers shut down almost 1,000 illegal waste sites in 2015/16 23 September 2016

Waste prosecutions up, EA figures reveal

The number of waste businesses prosecuted by the Environment Agency rose in 2015 - despite an overall decline in prosecutions brought against companies for environmental offences. And, between April 2015 and March 2016, EA ...


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The ESA has said it will support further action to overturn VAT exemptions for councils collecting commercial waste 22 September 2016

ESA backs further action in VAT exemption case


Any further action to overturn VAT exemptions for councils that provide trade waste collections will receive the full backing of the Environmental Services Association (ESA). This was the message from the waste industry trade body...

Councils are exempt from paying VAT on trade waste collections as part of an HMRC 2011 ruling 21 September 2016

Judge rules in favour of councils on VAT exemptions


A legal challenge to overturn VAT exemptions for councils in England who provide trade waste collections was dismissed by a High Court Judge on Monday (19 September). The ruling this week follows a judicial review, heard as an ...

hazardous-waste-case 19 September 2016

Three fined in oven cleaner hazardous waste case


The final stage of a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency, over illegal management of hazardous waste, has seen three companies fined a total of £354,000. Working with Rochdale borough council, the Agency action saw ...

Mary Creagh was vocal in her support of the Remain campaign during the EU Referendum 19 September 2016

EAC chair warns of Brexit impact on waste laws


The chair of the House of Commons Environmental Audit, Mary Creagh, has expressed concern that environmental legislation could be undermined if the UK is to exit the EU. Speaking at a panel session on the final day of the RWM ...

andy-hill 16 September 2016

Suez director critical of RDF definition


RWM: The government’s clarification on the official definition of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) has been dismissed as “completely pointless” by Suez market development director Andy Hill. Mr Hill was part of a panel speaking on ...

SEPA is leading a cross-agency operation into illegal waste activities along the Scottish border 15 September 2016

Repeat waste offender handed prison sentence


A ‘notorious’ Hampshire waste boss who was previously convicted has been jailed for 30 weeks following a further string of offences in the county. Marcus Bairstow, 41, from Southampton, appeared before Southampton Crown ...

David Palmer-Jones, chief executive of French-owned Suez in the UK 12 September 2016

Minister has inherited a ‘bare locker’ on waste policy


EXCLUSIVE: Suez chief executive David Palmer-Jones has urged the resources minister Thérèse Coffey not to discount any potential policy options for future direction for the UK’s waste and resources sector post-Brexit. Mr ...

Rachel-Maskell 8 September 2016

Labour committed to upholding EU waste plans


EXCLUSIVE: Shadow Environment Secretary Rachael Maskell has said Labour is “absolutely” committed to retaining a recycling target of 60% by 2030 in the event of the UK exiting the European Union. Speaking exclusively to ...

Dr Coffey suggested that policy towards waste would focus on “outcomes” 7 September 2016

Thérèse Coffey: Waste policy will not be ‘prescriptive’


Government intervention on waste and recycling definitions in England could generate a “worse outcome” for the industry, newly-appointed resources minister Thérèse Coffey has cautioned. Speaking before the Environmental ...

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