Legislation Wednesday 26 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.


10 April 2019

MP suggests peerage for UKWIN campaigner


MPs debated the future need for energy from waste plants in England in Parliament yesterday, with one member calling for anti-incineration campaigner Shlomo Dowen to be recommended for a peerage. The debate yesterday was secured ...

4 April 2019

MP questions packaging waste compliance system


A Labour MP has called on the government to reduce the number of packaging compliance schemes operating in the UK, describing it as 'one of the big flaws' in the packaging compliance system. Anna McMorrin, the MP for Cardiff ...

2 April 2019

Agency rolls out landfill and WEEE permit cost changes


The Environment Agency has made changes to the environmental permitting system, to recover the cost of monitoring environmental issues at closed landfill sites. The changes, which came into effect yesterday (1 April) are designed ...

1 April 2019

Landfill Tax rate rises to £91.35 per tonne


Landfill Tax rates have moved above £90 per tonne for the first time from today (1 April 2019). The latest tax rates – which are currently the same for all areas across the UK – are: for standard rate material £91.35 and ...

28 March 2019

MEPs agree single-use plastic measures


The European Parliament has approved legislation which paves the way for a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029, as well as a full ban on many single-use plastic products from 2021. The proposals, which also included ...

14 March 2019

OBR predicts Scottish landfill tax ‘displacement’


Scotland’s 2021 ban on biodegradable municipal waste to landfill will ‘mostly benefit UK tax receipts’ – the government’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has claimed. The conclusion was reached in the organisation...

6 March 2019

MPs question strength of post-Brexit green watchdog


MPs have questioned whether the government’s proposed Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) will have the autonomy and power to hold ministers to account over environmental laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Defra ...

1 March 2019

SESA raises concern over Scottish landfill ban


Waste management companies in Scotland are ‘deeply concerned’ about the country’s preparedness for a ban on sending biodegradable waste to landfill by 2021. Concerns have been raised by the Scottish Environmental Services ...

28 February 2019

Defra proposes WEEE target hike


Defra has told producer compliance schemes that they may need to achieve a 12% increase in the collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to meet targets in 2019. Details of the proposed targets for 2019 were ...

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