Legislation Thursday 28 January 2021
27 January 2021

Defra publishes Waste Management Plan for England

Defra says it expects changes to local authority collections infrastructure to increase consistency in recycling to be done “at the earliest opportunity”. Defra is currently consulting on measures to increase consistency in ...


With the latest news and past articles about legislation covering the recycling and waste management sector, or use the News Archive below to find more items.


26 January 2021

Environment Bill delayed to ‘next parliamentary session’


The government has made a surprise announcement that the Environment Bill will be carried over to the “next parliamentary session”, with the recycling minister Rebecca Pow saying Royal Assent for the bill can now be expected in the autumn...

25 January 2021

Environment Bill reaches report stage  


The Environment Bill will return to parliament tomorrow (26 January) as it reaches its report stage, which gives MPs the opportunity to consider further amendments on the floor of the House of Commons. The House of Commons ...

25 January 2021

Renewi worker wins tribunal after failed drugs test


An employment judge has ruled that a decision by waste management company Renewi to dismiss a driver’s mate for gross misconduct, after failing a random drugs test, was unfair. The decision was handed down by Judge Housego on ...

21 January 2021

Defra clarifies non-OECD plastics export rules


The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has moved to clear up confusion arising from the UK’s approach to plastic exports to non-OECD countries. The clarification comes in the wake of criticism from the ...

20 January 2021

Agency chair decries ‘squeezed’ funding


The chair of the Environment Agency said yesterday (19 January) the funding the enforcement body received from the government for regulatory work had become increasingly “squeezed”. Emma Howard Boyd was giving evidence at a ...

19 January 2021

Pow says UK will ‘go further’ than EU on export bans


Recycling minister Rebecca Pow said yesterday (18 January) the UK “is not regressing on environmental standards”, vowing that Defra will “go further” than the EU in implementing Basel Convention requirements. This comes ...

18 January 2021

‘Alternative measures’ cited for fire prevention


The Environment Agency has “revised and updated” its fire prevention plans (FPP) guidance for waste sites, providing case study examples of alternative measures proposed by operators. First released in July 2016 (see

15 January 2021

EU regulations ‘not perfect’ as Agency welcomes Brexit


The chief executive of the Environment Agency has criticised EU environmental regulation and welcomed Brexit as an opportunity to rethink its future. In a speech made on 13 January for an environment conference, Sir James ...

6 January 2021

WISH releases ninth Covid-19 guidance


VIDEO REPORT: The Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum has released the ninth version of its information document for managing coronavirus risks for waste management activities.   According to the WISH Forum, the ...