Legislation Sunday 22 April 2018
18 April 2018

European Parliament approves Circular Economy package

The Circular Economy package, with recycling targets and other requirements, has been formally agreed today (18 April) by the European Parliament with only final approval needed by ministers before it becomes law. And, even ...


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.


19 April 2018

Environmental Protection Act to be introduced


Environment secretary Michael Gove was questioned by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) yesterday, as part of its ‘short inquiry’ into the government’s 25-year Environment Plan. Michael Gove stated that he aimed to ...

2 April 2018

Landfill Tax up and illegal site penalties in force


Landfill Tax rates increased across the UK from 1 April 2018 and the tax was extended to include disposals at unauthorised waste sites in England and Northern Ireland. Another significant change from 1 April 2018 is that the Welsh...

26 February 2018

Government emphasises producer responsibility


The government has formally responded to the Environmental Audit Committee’s recent report on plastic waste by pointing to plans to look at changes to the “entire regime”, including increased packaging producer responsibility.

26 February 2018

EU ambassadors back Waste Framework Directive revisions


The latest stage in the approval process for changes to the Waste Framework Directive has seen European Union ambassadors endorse the package agreed at the EU meeting in December 2017. Before Christmas, member states ...

21 February 2018

Environmental groups lobby Lords over Brexit Bill


Representatives of the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF), including CIWM, have urged the House of Lords to take “crucial” environmental considerations into account during their scrutiny of the EU Withdrawal Bill. The bill, ...

7 February 2018

Creagh questions approach to Brexit and the environment


Brexit and its impact on the environment dominated the agenda at the Kit Strange Memorial lecture yesterday, as shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh criticised the government’s handling of the environmental impacts. The ...

5 February 2018

WEEE fee to include £3.50 per-tonne ‘flat-rate’


WEEE – waste electrical and electronic equipment – compliance fees for 2017 will be set using a methodology drawn up by the Joint Trade Associations, it has been revealed. This will include a ‘flat rate’ of £3.50 per ...

17 January 2018

Gill Weeks reappointed to Environment Agency board


The waste and recycling sector’s expert on the board of the Environment Agency, Gill Weeks, has been reappointed for a second term by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove. Defra and the Environment Agency announced this week ...

15 January 2018

EA to tackle plastic pollution in South West


A ‘plastics and sustainability team’ across Devon and Cornwall has been set up to tackle avoidable waste as part of an Environment Agency project worth £750,000. The announcement followed a pledge by the government to ...