Legislation Friday 17 November 2017
13 November 2017

Gove unveils plans for new regulatory body

With the Brexit Bill back in Parliament this week, environment secretary of state Michael Gove, has announced plans for a new regulatory body which would have more powers than the Environment Agency. Appearing to suggest that the ...


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1 November 2017

Six men sentenced for waste permit breaches


One man has been jailed, three given suspended prison sentences and another two handed community orders over environmental permit breaches at three waste sites in Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. The charges related to illegal...

26 October 2017

LARAC chief exec concerned over deposits impact


LARAC chief executive Lee Marshall has said there is insufficient evidence to show that a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles would not have a negative effect on local authorities. Deposit return schemes (DRS) see consumers ...

20 October 2017

Defra consults on ‘open scope’ WEEE changes


Defra has launched a consultation on potential changes to the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) system, which will bring into effect ‘open scope’ requirements, changing the way that some types of WEEE are classified.

Food waste at the Agrivert facility 13 October 2017

Government targets zero ‘avoidable’ waste by 2050


The government has outlined its ambition to see no ‘avoidable’ waste produced in the UK by 2050, alongside a commitment to phase out food waste being sent to landfill by 2030. These are among a number of new policy proposals ...

11 October 2017

Waste sector warned over tax evasion law 


The waste management sector is “not prepared” for new legislation on tax evasion, which makes businesses criminally liable if they fail to prevent tax evasion, a tax expert at a top London law firm warned this week. Under the ...

25 September 2017

Circular Economy package expected to be implemented


Defra is working towards the expectation that the EU’s Circular Economy Package “will be adopted” and implemented in the UK even with Britain’s exit from the EU, a Defra official has reiterated. The comments came from ...

20 September 2017

Agency to consult on ‘risk-based’ regulation in 2018


Planned changes to the way that fees for compliance with environmental permitting regulations are assessed have been pushed back to 2018, the Environment Agency has confirmed. The Agency has been considering changes to its ...

14 September 2017

HMRC to ‘crackdown’ on illegal waste sites


Rogue operators handling waste illegally will have to pay landfill tax, the government’s economic and finance ministry warned yesterday (13 September). From 1 April 2018, HMRC is proposing to make the illegal disposal of ...

7 September 2017

Environmental groups put pressure on Brexit Bill


As MPs prepare for today’s debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill, environmental experts are putting pressure on the government with a letter of their concerns raised by the key bill. Today (7 September), the government is ...

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