Category Archives: Government

22Oct

Environment Bill laid in Parliament

Posted on 22nd October, 2019

The recycling and waste management sector has generally responded positively to publication of the Environment Bill subsequent to it being announced in the Queen’s Speech in October. Most commentators welcomed the Bill although there were calls to make sure it progressed and, in particular, delivered fully on the proposal for an Office for Environmental Protection….

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01May

GDPR – We’re Ready, Are You?

Posted on 1st May, 2018

AssetCare, our IT data destruction division, recently hosted a seminar on the impact of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The seminar was to bring clarity as to how we can all stay on the right side of the law and reduce risk whilst being pragmatic as to the implementation and ongoing requirements of…

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06Mar

Treasury in defensive mode over environment

Posted on 6th March, 2017

The Treasury has dismissed accusations from a Parliamentary committee that it has ‘run roughshod’ over Defra’s environmental policy objectives. Instead, the Treasury has reasoned that ‘trade-offs’ in departmental expenditure have been necessary.  The comments came in a formal response to criticisms from the Environmental Audit Committee which is chaired by Labour’s Mary Creagh. And, the…

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06Mar

Bottle deposit idea prompts debate

Posted on 6th March, 2017

Discussion of a possible deposit scheme for drinks bottles in Scotland has prompted discussion in England and Wales. The backers of a deposit scheme in Scotland have been heartened by the decision of Coca Cola to say it would favour a Scottish trial of such a system. In England, there have been calls for a…

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04Oct

VAT judge rules in favour of local authorities

Posted on 4th October, 2016

A long-running wrangle over VAT and the fact that councils don’t have to charge for their commercial waste services has moved a step further with a court ruling in favour of local authorities. In September, a High Court Judge upheld an HMRC ruling that councils carrying out trade waste collections should not be liable to…

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03Mar

Defra under pressure over waste policy

Posted on 3rd March, 2016

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has come under strong pressure from leaders within the waste management sector over a perceived lack of interest and support for the waste management sector. Steve Lee, the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), was one of the most vocal critics. Responding to…

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02Feb

Duty of Care campaign to be rolled out in March

Posted on 2nd February, 2016

Businesses have to conform to a Duty of Care with regard to their waste. However, while most businesses handle their waste correctly, there is still a large number who may be breaching regulations either inadvertently or deliberately. Now, a project aimed at raising the profile of the ‘Duty of Care’ among waste producing businesses is…

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01Dec

Defra cuts outlined in Osborne spending review

Posted on 1st December, 2015

Departmental day-to-day spending is to be reduced by 15% under plans outlined by Chancellor George Osborne in his spending review announced on 25 November 2015.  The spending review was published following the Chancellor’s speech to Parliament, in which he laid out his plans for government spending over the next five years. Day-to-day spending by departments…

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01Dec

Circular economy package to push recycling

Posted on 1st December, 2015

An important package of proposed measures from the European Commission is being unveiled in December which will set the pace for environmental and recycling measures in Europe over the coming years. It will still need to be discussed by EU Member States but will give increased recycling targets for municipalities and also encourage the better…

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02Oct

Retailers gear up for carrier bag charge

Posted on 2nd October, 2015

Large and medium-sized retailers across England are preparing for the start of the 5p charge for single use carrier bags, which comes into effect from the beginning of next week (October 5). Under the new law, retailers with more than 250 employees nationwide will be required to charge customers a minimum of 5p for every…

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