ENDS Report Issue 307, August 2000

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  • Shadow over fluorocarbons

    3M’s decision to phase out some of its fluorocarbon products has put the onus on competitors to ask whether their own products are environmentally safe

  • Lead in PVC pipes shock

    Some PVC water mains cause breaches of a new drinking water standard for lead, research conducted for the DWI has found

  • “Eco-efficiency” reporting

    Businesses will have to tailor eco-efficiency reporting to their own activities, a study by the World Business Council on Sustainable Development has concluded

  • Water firms on pesticides

    The water industry has attacked proposals by pesticide manufacturers designed to fend off a tax on their products

Waste management

  • Incinerator ash recycling

    The waste industry believes the Byker ash affair is behind moves to exclude ash recycling from councils’ recycling targets


  • FoE’s chemicals campaign

    Friends of the Earth has started a campaign targeting high street retailers and the use of hazardous chemicals in products



  • Utilities Act on statute book

    The Government made minor concessions to the renewable energy sector in July as the Utilities Bill completed its final parliamentary stages

UK policy

  • DETR ups packaging targets

    Packaging recovery targets are to be increased from 52% to 58% in 2001 in an effort to meet the UK’s commitments under EC packaging legislation

  • Best Value waste strategies

    Consultation with stakeholders and public participation will be crucial in developing successful municipal waste strategies, according to new guidance to local authorities


  • Products from plants

    Products based on vegetable oils, starches and fibres have customer appeal, but they are unlikely to replace alternatives unless they have more tangible advantages

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