04Feb

Hot off the press!

Posted on 4th February, 2019

WasteCare have just acquired Augean’s site and High Temperature Incinerator located near Sandwich in Kent. This follows a path of acquisitions that firmly focuses the Group’s resources in providing a national service for collecting and recycling most types of hazardous and speciality wastes on behalf of over 35,000 organisations throughout the UK. Commenting on the…

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04Feb

Brexit ready?

Posted on 4th February, 2019

Uncertainty over what happens on the 29th March is reaching fever pitch. Are we going to be out without a deal, working to a revised version of the existing draft on the table or simply kicking the decision down the road, no one knows. For the waste sector there are additional concerns. For too long,…

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04Feb

Defra to provide funding for food redistribution schemes

Posted on 4th February, 2019

The government has introduced a pilot scheme for food redistribution organisations allowing them to apply for a funding share of up to £5m. The funding forms part of a £15m scheme launched by Environment Secretary Michael Gove last year, which aims to crack down on food waste generated from the retail and food manufacturing industries….

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04Feb

Councils to impose household fines for fly-tipping

Posted on 4th February, 2019

Councils can now fine householders up to £400 if they fail to pass their waste to a registered carrier. The new powers came into effect in January, with the objective of preventing further dumping and fly-tipping of household materials from illegal waste operators. Under previous rules, local authorities only had the option of taking offenders…

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04Feb

Improving your data protection methods is a must

Posted on 4th February, 2019

For many businesses, the idea of data protection is an overall important goal, but not one that carries any real risk. As with other crimes, it can feel like data theft or hacking are things that happen to someone else. But in fact, it’s a very real possibility that any business can be targeted digitally,…

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04Feb

PRN compliance inspections to ‘double’ says EA

Posted on 4th February, 2019

The Environment Agency (EA) has said that it plans to double inspections at sites which issue Packaging Recovery Notes (PRN’s) throughout 2019. The Agency’s move follows on from criticism directed at the EA and Environment Secretary Michael Gove, for a lack of oversight over facilities producing PRNs. One of the criticisms came from Parliament’s Environmental…

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04Feb

Brexit plans include extra waste storage

Posted on 4th February, 2019

As Prime Minister Theresa May looks to try and resolve the problem of the ‘Backstop’ plan within the proposed agreement for the UK to leave the European Union, planning is underway on the waste front in case of a ‘no-deal’ hard Brexit. In particular, there has been a focus on the issues surrounding the refuse…

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04Feb

Northern Ireland receives trial for Iceland DRS

Posted on 4th February, 2019

Food retailer, Iceland, has confirmed that it will be carrying out a six-month trial of its own deposit return scheme (DRS) in Northern Ireland. The retailer is one of several businesses and groups looking at the potential for a DRS, which has been suggested by the government in its Resources and Waste Strategy. The trial…

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07Jan

Environment Agency scorecard shows waste sites challenge

Posted on 7th January, 2019

Figures published recently by the Environment Agency under its corporate scorecard show that tackling illegal waste sites still remains a challenge for the organisation. Out of its eight measures for protecting the environment, only “reducing the number of high risk illegal waste sites” received a “red” forecast.  The scorecard is based on quarter one for…

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07Jan

Environment Bill for after Brexit

Posted on 7th January, 2019

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published its draft Environment Bill, which sets out how the government will be held accountable on environmental principles once the UK leaves the European Union. The draft, published in December sets out clauses on environmental principles and governance “to be included in an ambitious, broader Environment Bill…

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