Legislation Saturday 24 October 2020
23 October 2020

Environment Bill to address regulation and waste crime

A Defra official said yesterday (23 October) he hoped measures intended to tackle waste crime under the Environment Bill would gain royal assent by next summer. David Read is the joint head of waste regulation and crime at Defra. ...


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21 October 2020

‘Europe has to seize momentum to hit targets’


OPINION: Otto de Bont, chief executive of Renewi, discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has put Europe's recycling targets at risk.  Europe, a leading force in the global race to create a circular ...

20 October 2020

HWRCs to close as part of Welsh lockdown


All Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Wales will be shut as part of the ‘fire break’ two week national lockdown, announced by the Welsh first minister yesterday, 19 October. From Friday, 23 October until 9 ...

16 October 2020

Covid ‘an opportunity’ to improve sector safety


The Covid-19 pandemic has created an opportunity to promote health and safety in the waste and recycling sector, according to a leading H&S expert. Chris Jones, chair of the WISH (Waste Industry Safety and Health) Forum, ...

15 October 2020

Film ‘significant’ to meeting targets, says Defra


Tackling plastic film will play “a really significant part” in reaching the recycling targets set out in the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, a senior Defra official has said. Chris Preston, deputy director for...

1 October 2020

Plastic straw ban comes into force


The ban on supplying plastic straws and stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds has come into force today (1 October). Initially due by the end of April, the ban was delayed for six months by the coronavirus pandemic (see

23 September 2020

Eustice targets ‘holistic’ waste policies


The environment secretary George Eustice said today (23 September) any targets set under the Environment Bill framework would retain a “holistic ethos” between policy areas. The government is to set legally binding targets ...

23 September 2020

Pow backs waste policy to win public trust


The recycling minister Rebecca Pow has said while there is “much to do” to increase public trust in the recycling system, she is confident the waste reforms being introduced by government will address this.  

22 September 2020

DAERA launches performance indicator consultation


The Northern Irish government has launched a consultation looking to redefine the key performance indicators used to measure how well councils do with waste and recycling. Northern Ireland’s department of agriculture, ...

31 August 2020

Plastic bag charge to be extended


Defra said today (31 August) it would be stepping up its "war on plastic" by extending the plastic carrier bag charge to all retailers from April 2021. Following a public consultation last year, the government is ...