Legislation Sunday 26 January 2020
23 January 2020

Climate Committee urges action on food waste

There needs to be "universal separate food waste collection" to deliver the government’s net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050, according to a report published today, 23 January, by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).


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.


7 January 2020

Waste firms win appeal in landfill fluff case


Three waste companies have won an appeal against a ruling which stated that material deposited in landfill sites as ‘fluff’ was liable to landfill tax. In the latest ruling in a long-running dispute over whether fluff is ...

6 January 2020

LGA demands high penalties for fly-tippers


The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for higher penalties for fly-tipping and has suggested that manufacturers should take back more bulky waste items. The call comes after figures released by the LGA on Saturday, 4 ...

24 December 2019

Agency and industry assess impact of EfW review


The Environmental Services Association and the Environment Agency are assessing what a European Union review of incineration techniques for energy from waste (EfW) plants might mean for the UK. The assessments will look at whether...

20 December 2019

Zac Goldsmith to remain at Defra


Former Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith will remain in his ministerial role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) after being awarded a life peerage. This comes despite losing him his seat in Richmond Park...

19 December 2019

Environment bill addressed in Queen’s speech


At the State Opening of Parliament today (19 December) the Queen said environmental measures on several fronts – including a ban on plastic exports – were to be enshrined into law as part of a proposed environment bill. She ...

19 December 2019

WEEE bodies call for treatment standards


Representatives from the European waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) recycling sector have called for the EU to implement minimum quality treatment standards. Signatories from APPLiA, DIGITALEUROPE, the European ...

18 December 2019

NI Strategy consultation extended


The deadline for responses to a discussion paper on Northern Ireland’s first ever Environment Strategy has been pushed back to 5 February 2020. With ramifications for the Northern Irish waste sector, the proposed strategy would ...

17 December 2019

Dutch senate backs ‘RDF tax’ but court case looms


The Dutch Senate has today (17 December) backed proposals which will see a tax of €31 per tonne placed on the import of waste for incineration from 1 January 2020. However, a court case between Attero and the Dutch state will ...

13 December 2019

Uncertainty surrounds future shape of DTS


The UK’s current WEEE Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS) comes to an end on 31 December and a revised proposal for January and beyond has yet to be approved by the government. The scheme, which enables retailers to cover their ...