News Friday 7 May 2021
7 May 2021

Defra issues consistency consultation

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has this morning (7 May) released its delayed consultation on consistent collections in England. In the document, Defra confirms the proposal of free garden waste collections, a preference for more frequent than fortnightly collections in urban areas and weekly food...

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7 May 2021

Defra expands single-use carrier bag charge


Defra has today (7 May) confirmed the single-use carrier bag charge will be increased from 5p to 10p, and extended to all businesses in England from 21 May. Since the charge was first brought about in 2015, Defra has reported ...

6 May 2021

Consistency consultation due ‘shortly’


With local elections taking place today (6 May), it is believed an announcement on the delayed consultation on consistent collections could be due very soon. The consultation on consistency in recycling collections is one of three...

6 May 2021

Hindley ‘to move from Alupro to PodBack’


The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has announced that its executive director, Rick Hindley, has stepped down for another recycling post.  It is understood Mr Hindley will be joining the coffee pod recycling ...

6 May 2021

Health secretary wades into Walley’s Quarry row


The health secretary, Matt Hancock, wrote to the Environment Agency this week (4 May) expressing “grave concerns” about the “current situation” at the Walley’s Quarry landfill site near Newcastle-under-Lyme. Run by waste...

6 May 2021

Opinion: Dry AD ‘offers new opportunities’ for waste sector


OPINION: Ben Brown MSc, Director of WRM explains why he considers Dry AD offers advantages and opportunities for the waste sector in the UK. Anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities are well established ...

6 May 2021

Veolia sees Q1 fall in UK revenue


Veolia’s UK revenues fell by 6.2% in the first quarter of 2021, when compared with the same period last year, despite global revenues growing by 4%. In a report published on 5 May, the waste giant said global revenues in Q1  of...

6 May 2021

Aberdeenshire reapplies for three-weekly funding


Aberdeenshire council is reapplying for funding from the Scottish Government for the rollout of a three-weekly residual waste collection service. The plans to change the frequency of residual waste collections, in hopes to improve...

6 May 2021

Agency in crackdown over ‘illegal metals recyclers’


With cases of catalytic converter thefts rising across the UK, the latest stage in crackdown on illegal activity in the metals recycling sector has seen a focus on sites in Kent and South London. And, national action (see below) has resulted ...

6 May 2021

Commercial waste volumes ‘to rise by 23%’


Commercial waste volumes in London are predicted to rise by 23% in the current financial year (2021/22) when compared with 2020/21, but will still be significantly lower than levels seen before the Covid-19 pandemic.  

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