Legislation Thursday 27 June 2019
26 June 2019

Defra minister dismisses ‘non-recyclable’ packaging ban

The government has no plans to introduce a ban on non-recyclable food packaging, a Defra minister has said. However, policies set out in the government's Resources and Waste Strategy, including a tax on plastic packaging ...


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 May 2019

Jail sentences and charges over illegal waste wood site


Jail sentences and charges have been imposed at Cambridge Crown Court for illegal activities at a wood recycling site near St Neots, Cambridgeshire. The case, brought by the Environment Agency, saw one man, James Mervyn ...

13 May 2019

Concerns raised over Scotland’s DRS proposals


Several waste management organisations have reacted with concern to the Scottish government’s plans for an ‘all in’ deposit return scheme (DRS). However, others said they welcome the ambitions shown in the plans and will ...

8 May 2019

‘Work to be done’ ahead of Scottish landfill ban


The Scottish Government has said it is working with local authorities that have yet to procure waste treatment solutions ahead of the country’s ban on biodegradable municipal waste to landfill. And, officials have expressed ...

2 May 2019

Committee calls for landfill ban on biodegradable waste


The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called for a ban on all biodegradable waste sent to landfill by 2025, if the UK is to reach ‘net zero emissions’ by 2050. The CCC released its long-awaited report this morning (May 02...

30 April 2019

MPs call for changes to post-Brexit environmental laws


Measures put forward in the government’s draft Environment Bill have been criticised by a group of MPs as being, in parts, a “significant regression” on current European standards. This is the conclusion of an inquiry by the...

26 April 2019

Veolia’s Kirkman backs ‘proven’ DRS


Veolia’s chief innovation and technology officer for the UK has responded to concerns that a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers would be too costly to implement. The comments from Veolia's Richard Kirkman came in ...

25 April 2019

Government ‘passing the buck’ on post-Brexit environmental laws


Government plans for post-Brexit environmental regulation will effectively ‘pass the buck’ to local authorities over failure to meet future green goals. This is the conclusion of the Environmental Audit Committee, led by the ...

23 April 2019

Suez calls for ‘hybrid’ EPR system


Suez has said that none of the four options set out in the government’s consultations on reforming the packaging producer responsibility system is “suitable in its entirety”. In a report released last week (18 April), the ...

11 April 2019

Stroud council investigates ‘trade waste bonfires’


Stroud district council has revealed that it is investigating ‘an increasing number’ of complaints about illegal waste bonfires on industrial and trade premises. Materials being burnt on commercial properties includes plastics...

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