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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28 August 2020

Kenya further eases mitumba import restrictions


The Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta met with the Mitumba Association yesterday to unveil a further easing of the restrictions on the import of used clothing into the country.   Mr Kenyatta met with the association’s chair ...

27 August 2020

Agency alters standard rules for some materials 


The Environment Agency has published a response document on its standard rules consultation (number 21), covering both mattress and tyre recycling, as well as paper, card and plastic bulking. The response document was released on ...

20 August 2020

Defra waste plan sums up future policies


Defra could move to reduce the number of companies operating commercial waste collections in some parts of England, as part of efforts to allow councils to “better co-ordinate waste collections”.   And local authorities are ...

19 August 2020

Defra to set legally binding waste targets


The government will set legally binding targets under its Environment Bill to help the country “build back greener”, it said today (19 August). Potential targets relating to resource efficiency and waste reduction will look to...

13 August 2020

Lobby groups press for ‘all-in’ DRS


As the government continues to shape policy for its proposed deposit return scheme (DRS), lobby groups have backed calls for an ‘all-in’ scheme for a wide range of materials.  A group of 20 cross-party MPs today (13 August) ...

10 August 2020

Defra seeks chair for environmental watchdog


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has begun the recruitment process for the inaugural chair of the Office for Environmental Protection today, 10 August. The successful candidate will be the driving ...

5 August 2020

EA chief executive praises ‘good regulation’


Good regulation is essential for tackling the climate emergency and rebooting the economy in the wake of coronavirus, the chief executive of the Environment Agency argued yesterday (4 August). In a speech to the London Chamber of ...

31 July 2020

Industry welcomes UK adoption of EU waste goals


Industry figures have welcomed the ‘ambition’ of the government’s recently unveiled Circular Economy Package but have expressed concern that further measures may be needed. The UK, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland ...

30 July 2020

UK unveils its own Circular Economy Package


The UK has re-affirmed its commitment to recycling 65% of municipal waste by 2035 as it today (30 July) set out its approach to transposing the EU circular economy package (CEP) into domestic law. The UK’s own