03Feb

Food waste action week in May

Posted on 3rd February, 2020

The first ever ‘Food Waste Action Week’ has been announced by the Government alongside a £1.5 funding programme to help change the public’s behaviour with regard to and also for transforming food waste into other materials. The Government has a Food Waste Champion, Ben Elliott, who announced the week and urged “everyone to get involved”,…

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03Feb

Concerns over alternatives to plastic

Posted on 3rd February, 2020

Supermarket chains could be rushing to stop the use of single plastics and using alternatives that may cause more environmental harm, an environmental report has suggested. The UK environmental think-tank, the Green Alliance, published a report called Plastic Promises in January which was based on interviews with senior packaging and product staff in supermarkets and…

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03Feb

Environment Bill set to transform producer responsibility

Posted on 3rd February, 2020

With the UK now out of Europe, the Environment Bill has started to make its way through Parliament and is set to replace some European Union measures as well as introduce fresh ideas from the UK government. At the beginning of February, the Bill passed through its automatic first stage in the House of Commons….

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03Jan

Environmental legislation planned for 2020

Posted on 3rd January, 2020

While Brexit looks likely to dominate early political debate and ministerial work in January, 2020 looks set to be a big year in terms of environmental legislation. Top of the tree, within the Parliamentary process, for the environment will be the Environment Bill. This was first announced in the Queen’s Speech that was delivered on…

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03Jan

Lincolnshire in warning over fires from batteries

Posted on 3rd January, 2020

Concerns about fires caused by the public not removing batteries from toys and other household items have already been raised this year. Early in January Lincolnshire County Council issued a warning over batteries following three small fires at its household waste recycling centres in rubbish deposited by members of the public after Christmas. The fires…

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03Jan

Larger retailers to take-back in-store from 2021

Posted on 3rd January, 2020

The Recycling Minister, Rebecca Pow, has approved plans which will see larger retailers having to offer instore take-back for waste electrical and electronic equipment from January 2021. On 24 December 2019, Defra said that the minister had approved the takeback requirement. This represents changes to the current UK WEEE system where the main focus on…

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12Nov

Pressure remains on single use plastics

Posted on 12th November, 2019

Plastics packaging and products using plastics continued to feature in government policy developments ahead of the election period. Facing a ban from next spring, subject to the Parliamentary and political timetable, are three products: plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers (with some exceptions). On 28 October, the Department for Environment, Food and…

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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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07Oct

Defra confirms WEEE revision and cash for councils

Posted on 7th October, 2019

A top Defra official has reinforced the government’s commitment to cover the costs of national changes to household waste collections which will derive from the Environment Bill. And, speaking at a recent local authority conference, the official – Chris Preston – also confirmed that a review of the WEEE, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations…

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07Oct

EU bid to make electrical products ‘last longer’

Posted on 7th October, 2019

New eco-design measures have been adopted by the European Commission in a bid to make electrical products last longer and use less energy. An Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Package aims to reduce Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) by making it easier to repair electronic items, largely through making spare parts more available and easier…

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