Legislation Friday 3 April 2020
31 March 2020

Commission moves to ease waste shipment disruption

Measures to limit disruptions to waste shipments transported between EU member states have been published by the European Commission in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The Commission says intra-EU shipments of waste are a key ...


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.


27 March 2020

Environment bill committee suspended


The work of the committee scrutinising the environment bill has been 

26 March 2020

Competent managers ‘still a requirement’


WAMITAB has issued updated guidance on the positions of Technically Competent Managers (TCMs) at waste sites during this period of coronavirus restrictions. [Amended 31 March 2020] Anyone who operates any form of waste activity ...

25 March 2020

ESA clarifies ‘key worker’ definition for waste


The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has moved to clear up confusion as to which employees in the waste sector are considered essential and should still be at work. Waste sector employees were granted key worker status by ...

24 March 2020

HMRC to appeal landfill fluff ruling


EXCLUSIVE: HMRC has confirmed that it has appealed against a ruling in January 2020 which stated that 

20 March 2020

Waste sector receives ‘key worker’ status


Recycling and waste sector employees have been granted ‘key worker' status by the government, meaning they will continue to receive educational and care provision for their children during the current coronavirus crisis. Schools...

18 March 2020

Wales to ban single-use plastics


The Welsh Government is to ban single-use plastics from mid-2021 as part of wider measures to make Wales “the world’s top recycling nation”. The single-use plastics to be banned include straws, stirrers, cotton buds, balloon...

17 March 2020

Hull-based scrap metal recycler fined


A scrap metal recycler from Hull has been ordered to pay more than £2,500 after being found guilty of illegally transporting waste. The Environment Agency said Daley Smith, 54, of Bankside Park, Bankside, Hull, was sentenced at ...

17 March 2020

Scotland delays DRS introduction


The Scottish government has pushed back the implementation date of its deposit return scheme (DRS) to July 2022, citing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The delay will allow retailers “more time” to prepare and also ...

13 March 2020

MPs launch inquiry into WEEE and the circular economy


The Environmental Audit Committee has re-launched an inquiry into electronic waste and the circular economy today, 13 March, looking at how the UK can deal with waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The previous EAC ...