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Conservative election manifesto pledges to stop the construction of new waste incinerators

Conservative election manifesto pledges to stop the construction of new waste incinerators

In their 2024 manifesto, the Conservative Party has made several commitments regarding the future of UK waste and resources management if elected on 4th July. The manifesto pledges that the Government will take decisive action against waste criminals, particularly those affecting protected nature sites. The election document states, “We are dedicated to cracking down on...

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Green jobs: paving the way to a sustainable future

Green jobs: paving the way to a sustainable future

Today, as we celebrate World Environment Day (5th June), it’s important to recognise the critical challenge of the green skills gap hindering the UK’s ambitious environmental goals. Addressing the shortage of skilled professionals among younger generations in sectors such as renewable energy, waste management, water, contamination and sustainable construction is essential for further progress. The...

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TRA warns of imminent collapse in UK’s textile recycling sector

TRA warns of imminent collapse in UK’s textile recycling sector

The Textile Recycling Association (TRA) has issued a warning about the imminent collapse of the textile recycling sector due to global market challenges. The group, representing over 75% of the UK’s used textiles collectors and sorters, has been made aware of their members’ plight. They have reported a real fear in the industry about being...

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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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