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. ...


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.


9 June 2020

Treat most household WEEE as hazardous, EA says


Most household waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) must now be classified as waste containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs), according to updated guidance from the Environment Agency. This means most household ...

9 June 2020

Chelmsford seeks change to waste crime rules


Chelmsford city council is to ask the government for new powers after a High Court ruling which it considers could cause difficulties in investigating waste crime. The ruling concerns the power of local authorities and the ...

8 June 2020

WEEE compliance fee to account for pandemic


Defra has confirmed today (8 June) that any 2020 compliance fee methodology for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) will need to take the impact of the coronavirus pandemic into account. Self-isolation and social ...

8 June 2020

Industry calls for ban on oxo-degradable plastics


A group of trade associations and Greenpeace has called on the government to implement a total ban on so-called oxo-degradable plastics. Oxo-degradable material is often found in products such as plastic bags. The ...

29 May 2020

Agency uses tech to regulate sector


The Environment Agency says it has relied on technology to help it regulate the waste industry during the coronavirus pandemic. It says that by using online services such as Zoom, checking CCTV video footage and requesting ...

21 May 2020

Government responds to Waste Strategy concerns


The government has pledged to “review arrangements” to engage with local government on the implementation of its Resources and Waste Strategy.   The comments came as the government responded

19 May 2020

Agency issues waste crime warning in North East


The Environment Agency has urged the public across the North East to be “extra vigilant” as it looks to prevent waste crime during the continued coronavirus lockdown. The Agency said in a statement this morning that he ...

15 May 2020

Concerns raised over Scotland’s DRS


The decision by the Scottish Government to pass deposit return scheme (DRS) regulations on Wednesday (13 May) has been met with disappointment from some retailers and recyclers. From July 2022, a 20p deposit will apply each time a...

30 April 2020

Alupro criticises Scottish DRS flat fee


VIDEO REPORT: The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has accused the Scottish government of “burying its head in the sand” over its proposals for a deposit return system with a 20p flat fee.