waste strategy

Coffey reveals details on resources and waste strategy

Coffey reveals details on resources and waste strategy Defra’s resources and waste strategy, which is in its final stages, will include “significant” reform of packaging regulations in order to boost the market for a wide range of secondary materials. Speaking … Read More

Defra defends recycling in face of EfW criticism

Defra defends recycling in face of EfW criticism With energy from waste facing criticism this week in claims that it is slowing recycling and that new plants are not needed, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has stepped … Read More

Defra reports 45.2% recycling rate for 2016

Defra reports 45.2% recycling rate for 2016 The latest Defra statistics have revealed that the UK recycling rate for Waste from Households rose by 0.6% to 45.2% in 2016. The statistics showed that Wales was again the best performer in … Read More

Defra and WRAP launch £500,000 Food Waste Reduction Fund

Defra and WRAP launch £500,000 Food Waste Reduction Fund Defra has given a clear indication that it may not be able to publish its resources and waste strategy until the second half of the year. Environment minister Thérèse Coffey has … Read More

WEEE

Defra’s WEEE targets criticised by ESA

Defra’s WEEE targets criticised by ESA The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has been left disappointed after Defra rejected calls for higher UK WEEE collection targets and, in some categories, opted for lower increases than originally proposed. Defra has announced that the … Read More

DEFRA

Defra urged to prove its Brexit capacity

Defra urged to prove its Brexit capacity MPs have called on Defra to provide evidence of its capacity to handle the transposition of EU environmental laws when the UK leaves the union. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) expressed concern about … Read More

Circular Economy

Defra minister hints at UK’s Circular Economy approach

Defra under-secretary Lord Gardiner of Kimble has offered an insight into the government’s position on the EU’s Circular Economy Package, indicating that the government may be open to adopting some measures set out by Brussels. Lord Gardiner’s comments came in … Read More

MP Debate Paints Uncertain Future for Defra

The future of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) looked uncertain after MPs from four political parties outlined their vision for a ‘greener’ government at a debate in London. Secretary of State for the Environment Liz Truss, … Read More

Resource Efficiency Could Generate an Extra £3.58bn for UK Businesses by 2020

According to a new study published by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), further progress can be made to prevent waste, reduce costs and generate revenue from waste through ‘better regulation’. The Environment Agency launched 11 new … Read More