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Defra appoints former CIWM president as Head of EPR scheme

Defra appoints former CIWM president as Head of EPR scheme

The UK Government has appointed Dr Margaret Bates, Managing Director of On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL), as the Head of the UK Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging (EPR) scheme. Dr Bates, who served as the CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) President from October 2016 to October 2017, will take up the role on secondment for...

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Charges for disposing of DIY waste at recycling centres scrapped

Charges for disposing of DIY waste at recycling centres scrapped

Households will no longer have to pay fees for disposing of small-scale DIY waste at council recycling centres. This change will make it easier for people to dispose of their waste responsibly and boost recycling. The Government has abolished the charges previously imposed by one-third of local authorities for disposing of DIY waste at household...

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Steve Barclay appointed Environment Secretary

Steve Barclay appointed Environment Secretary

Former Health Secretary Steve Barclay has been confirmed as the new Environment Secretary, replacing Thérèse Coffey. The Member of Parliament for North East Cambridgeshire from the Conservative Party is being shifted from his current position as Health Secretary to the role of Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)...

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UK Government launches ‘simpler recycling’ plan

UK Government launches ‘simpler recycling’ plan

On 21st October, the UK Government announced long-awaited reforms to household and business bin collections and a crackdown on ‘unscrupulous waste carriers’. The UK Government plans to simplify the recycling process and reduce confusion by allowing people to recycle the same materials at home, work, or school. They are also introducing weekly food waste collections...

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Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme deferred for a year until October 2025

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme deferred for a year until October 2025

After consulting with the industry and acknowledging the financial strain on consumers and businesses during the current economic climate, the implementation of new regulations requiring packaging producers to cover recycling costs will be postponed by a year from October 2024 to 2025. The Government will utilise this extra time to collaborate further with the industry...

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New Cardiff hazardous waste transfer station officially opened

New Cardiff hazardous waste transfer station officially opened

A new hazardous waste transfer station has been formally unveiled in East Moors Road, Cardiff, as part of an ambitious growth strategy by Welsh environmental services specialist Forward Waste Management. The new facility, which serves many of the manufacturing giants across South Wales and the rest of the UK, is authorised to receive hazardous waste...

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This is what we do! Incoming CIWM President calls for UK to celebrate its world-class recycling and resource management sector

This is what we do! Incoming CIWM President calls for UK to celebrate its world-class recycling and resource management sector

A digital report titled This Is What We Do: Showcasing A World-Class Sector & The UK’s Circular Economy Pathfinders was launched after the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Presidential inauguration on Thursday, 29th June. The report highlights the UK’s recycling and resource recovery sector’s excellence and significant contribution to the economy. The waste and...

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June’s Skip Chicks are a terrible twosome

June’s Skip Chicks are a terrible twosome

Two chicks for the price of one this month. Who do we have here?Zoe Fry (left). Age 33.Samantha Rudge (right). Age 33. Pleased to meet you both – now tell us more.We both work at QSP Training Ltd, in Redditch.Zoe: I worked here for six months as a Marketing Co-ordinator, managing the social media platforms...

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Scotland delays Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) until March 2024

Scotland delays Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) until March 2024

In his first policy announcement since taking over from Nicola Sturgeon, Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s First Minister, announced the Scottish Government’s flagship recycling policy, the deposit return scheme (DRS), will be delayed until 1st March 2024, providing extra time for businesses to get ready. A package of measures, Yousaf said, would also be put in place...

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CIWM launches Technical membership

CIWM launches Technical membership

To meet the waste management and resource sector’s ever-growing demand to professionalise specific technical ability, CIWM has today (7th March) launched a new grade to its portfolio of membership options. Responding to market research and sector feedback, CIWM will now recognise the pathways of technically competent managers by awarding TechMCIWM membership to applicants with level 4...