Plastic packaging

Plastic packaging ‘may worsen food waste’

Plastic packaging ‘may worsen food waste’ The increased use of plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe’s growing food waste problem, and may even be inadvertently fuelling it, campaign group Friends of the Earth (FoE) has claimed. Its study, … Read More

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council waste

ESA backs outsourcing as half of council waste contracts up for grabs

ESA backs outsourcing as half of council waste contracts up for grabs The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has called on councils to tender waste management contracts competitively rather than use in-house options, as research reveals that nearly 50% of contracts … Read More

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waste projects

Commonwealth meeting sees £61m for waste projects

Commonwealth meeting sees £61m for waste projects Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a £61.4 million package of waste funding which will help countries across the Commonwealth stop plastic waste from entering the oceans. The announcement came as the Prime … Read More

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recycling

Government to support 65% recycling rate

Government to support 65% recycling rate The Government will vote in favour boosting recycling rates as part of a package of EU measures, resources minister Therese Coffey has confirmed. The circular economy (CE) package, which is soon to be voted … Read More

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council waste

New Environment Agency crime powers come into force

New Environment Agency crime powers come into force The Environmental Services Association (ESA) is looking to debunk the “illusion” that bringing services in-house is the best way for local authorities to deliver waste services.  The trade body, which represents private … Read More

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environment agency

New Environment Agency crime powers come into force

New Environment Agency crime powers come into force New powers to tackle waste crime, including allowing the Environment Agency to lock illegal waste sites and force rogue traders to clean up all waste, came into force on the 29th of … Read More

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landfill

Landfill Tax up and illegal site penalties in force

Landfill Tax up and illegal site penalties in force Landfill Tax rates increased across the UK from 1 April 2018 and the tax was extended to include disposals at unauthorised waste sites in England and Northern Ireland. Another significant change … Read More

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WEEE

More than 60% of WEEE schemes back £3.50 fee

More than 60% of WEEE schemes back £3.50 fee Defra has officially confirmed that a £3.50 per tonne ‘flat-rate’ compliance fee will be set for 2018, after a consultation showed that 19 of the 30 responding compliance schemes backed the … Read More

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environment agency

EA unveils new charging regime

EA unveils new charging regime The Environment Agency has published a new charging scheme for regulatory permits and services which it claims will ensure businesses cover the costs of services rather than the public. And, the new costs will look … Read More

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Spring statement and plastics

Spring statement and plastics: Industry Views

Spring statement and plastics: Industry Views The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has confirmed plans to consider taxing packaging in a bid to tackle plastic waste. Here are a number of comments from the industry. ESA’s executive director Jacob … Read More

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