Legislation Monday 14 June 2021
10 June 2021

Agency told of scale of waste crime

The Environment Agency has published the results of its national waste crime survey, with respondents from the waste industry saying 18% in the sector commit “some form of waste crime”. The survey was launched in March (see


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8 June 2021

LARAC concerned by EPR ‘reference costs’


The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) has expressed concerns about the use of ‘reference costs’ in the government’s consultation on extended producer responsibility (EPR). This approach seeks to establish ...

8 June 2021

Former Environment Agency trio join OEP


The first four non-executive board members of the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) include three individuals with past links to the Environment Agency. As a new environmental watchdog, the OEP has been created to monitor...

8 June 2021

Councils ‘need clarity’ on EPR funding


The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that councils need more clarity on how waste services will be funded under the proposed Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) reforms. The call came as part of the LGA’s ...

7 June 2021

Councils call for deferral of DRS


The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) has called for the introduction of the deposit return scheme (DRS) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be deferred. The government’s consultation on a DRS closed on...

4 June 2021

EPR and DRS consultations close


The government’s consultations on extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and a deposit return scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland close today (4 June). The consultations’ outcomes promise to ...

3 June 2021

Digital DRS could offer ‘significant’ savings


A group of trade bodies and companies across the drinks containers value chain claim an ‘all-in’ digital deposit return scheme (DRS) would offer “significant” savings compared to using reverse vending machines. The Digital...

3 June 2021

More pressure on Defra over business waste plans


The Recycling Association has ramped up the pressure on Defra over its proposals for the collection of packaging from businesses, warning that they will “force successful recycling businesses into administration”. In a ...

2 June 2021

Defra urged to ‘re-think’ business waste plans


Defra's proposals for the collection and funding of packaging recycling from businesses in England have been slammed in an open letter sent to the environment secretary, George Eustice.  The letter sent yesterday (1 June) says ...

28 May 2021

‘EPR reform must join up with industry goals’


OPINION: Tim Gent, director of glass recycling company Recresco, calls for the reform of extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging to produce a system that reduces waste and increases glass recycling rates.