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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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ESA calls for Plastic Packaging Tax to be raised

ESA calls for Plastic Packaging Tax to be raised

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has criticised the Autumn Statement of the UK Government’s budget and urged for a raise in the Plastic Packaging Tax to £500 per tonne. They also recommended setting a 50% minimum recycled content threshold for packaging. In response, the UK Government has announced that it will increase the Plastic Packaging...

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​Veolia welcomes UK ban on nitrous oxide

​Veolia welcomes UK ban on nitrous oxide

Possession of nitrous oxide, commonly known as ‘laughing gas’, was this week made illegal in the UK. The drug has been classified as a class C drug due to its harmful effects on users’ health and its contribution to anti-social behaviour. The ban was initially proposed by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative government in March...

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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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Scotland to consider banning disposable vapes

Scotland to consider banning disposable vapes

The First Minister of Scotland, Humza Yousaf, pledged to reduce vaping among non-smokers and youth and address the environmental impact of disposable vapes. The proposals include consulting on banning their sale and other appropriate measures. Research shows that nearly 20% of teenagers have experimented with vaping. Zero Waste Scotland estimated that in the last year,...

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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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UK needs to significantly reduce textiles going to waste, says government document

UK needs to significantly reduce textiles going to waste, says government document

In a recent policy paper, the UK Government highlighted the need to decrease the amount of textiles that are disposed of as residual waste in order to meet waste targets and Net Zero commitments. The document, called Maximising Resources, Minimising Waste, outlines the Waste Prevention Programme for England and identifies the priorities for action to...

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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...