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Metal recycling firm calls for stronger battery recycling targets

Metal recycling firm calls for stronger battery recycling targets

S. Norton Group is a leading global exporter of responsible recycling. The company is urging the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to set stronger battery recycling targets to ensure the safety of workers and communities in the recycling sector. Defra plans to consult on the waste batteries and accumulators regulations and create...

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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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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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Plastic bag use falls by more than 98% after charge introduction

Plastic bag use falls by more than 98% after charge introduction

The UK has seen a more than 98% decline in the use of plastic bags due to charges on single-use carrier bags, according to new figures released by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) on 31st July. In 2015, several supermarket chains, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose, Morrisons, Co-op, and Marks and...

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Defra pushes back food waste reporting mandate

Defra pushes back food waste reporting mandate

The UK Government has announced that large food and drink companies will not be obligated to report their food waste until at least 2026. Although a mandate was initially promised in 2018, the deadline has now been pushed back. Defra, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has recently confirmed a delay in its...

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The Recycling Association: NAO report shows need to kick on with EPR and Consistency and ditch DRS

The Recycling Association: NAO report shows need to kick on with EPR and Consistency and ditch DRS

The Recycling Association has said that the National Audit Office (NAO) report on resources and waste reforms shows that Defra needs to get on with implementing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Consistency of Collection. But The Recycling Association believes that the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) should be abandoned in its current guise to get on...

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Topolytics wins funding to build the UK’s first digital waste tracking system

Topolytics wins funding to build the UK’s first digital waste tracking system

AWARD-winning data analytics business Topolytics has been awarded £500,000 to build a prototype for a UK-wide comprehensive waste tracking system. The system will monitor and analyse all waste transactions across the UK every year. The system will enable the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the environmental regulators in England, Scotland, Wales and...

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