Legislation Thursday 18 January 2018
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 ...


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.


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 ...

9 January 2018

New enforcement agency could be in place before Brexit


Defra’s minister in the House of Lords, Lord Gardiner of Kimble, has confirmed that “a full and proper consultation” will take place early this year on the powers which a new post-Brexit environmental enforcement agency will hold.

22 December 2017

Cooper attacks London Mayor over recycling rate


London household recycling rates must increase by almost a third by 2030 if the Mayor’s overall recycling target is to be met, according to a report published by the London Assembly Environment Committee. In order to do this, ...

18 December 2017

EU set for softer targets with 55% recycling by 2025


Europe looks set to have softer recycling targets than first proposed by the European Commission with a rate of 55% by 2025 now expected to be set for municipal waste. This will be followed by a 60% rate for 2030 and a 65% rate ...

18 December 2017

Agreement over Waste Framework Directive revisions


An agreement on the Waste Framework Directive revisions with new recycling targets has been reached between the European Council and the European Parliament. The breakthrough was achieved at extended meetings which finished in the...

13 December 2017

BMRA ‘dismayed’ over scrap dealers act review


The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has said it is 'dismayed' by the Home Office’s decision not to amend the conditions of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. But, the Home Office reports that levels of metal theft ...

7 December 2017

Lords to grill Coffey over waste and Brexit


The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has written to DEFRA Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, asking the UK Government to urgently "provide clarity" on the post-Brexit trade arrangements for waste. The letter to...

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 ...

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...

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