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Coronavirus: How the waste sector is pulling together to keep recycling going during ...

Coronavirus: How the waste sector is pulling together to keep recycling going during

Despite fears at the outset of the lockdown that councils would be forced to suspend recycling services, local authorities, the waste sector and the government are working together to keep vital collections running. Conor McGlone finds out how... Read more

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Chemicals

Brexit: Duplicating EU chemicals regulations ‘will cost sector £1bn’

The UK chemicals industry has warned that Brexit could cost the sector more than £1bn unless a data-sharing deal can be agreed with Brussels

Chemicals

ECHA places new restrictions on exporting 22 hazardous chemicals

The European Chemicals Agency has published a list of 22 chemicals that will face new export restrictions from September, largely targeting active substances in pesticides that have been banned in the EU

Environmental Politics

Whitehall seeks control of UK’s internal market

The government has insisted that high environmental standards will be preserved by a new plan to control the UK’s post-Brexit internal market, dismissed as an 'assault on devolution' by the Scottish National Party

Environmental Law

Consultant fined for ‘incompetent’ noise and chemicals advice

A self-employed consultant has been fined after admitting he provided unlawfully poor advice on workplace noise, hand arm vibration and the control of substances hazardous to health

Land, Ecology & Development

Neonic found in gamebird livers

There is 'clear evidence' that cereal seeds treated with a banned neonicotinoid pesticide is a source of exposure for gamebirds, say researchers

Analysis

Waste

Why packaging fraudsters are importing plastic waste from the Netherlands

Why packaging fraudsters are importing plastic waste from the Netherlands

The Environment Agency confirmed last week it was investigating PRN ‘carousel’ fraud amid renewed calls for action from the industry. Conor McGlone investigates how fraudsters are manipulating the system and what can be done about it

Policy

Brexit talks: The trade deal pitfalls to avoid

Negotiations on a UK-EU trade deal are under way after weeks of stalemate. While green groups fear the consequences should parties fail to strike an agreement, commentators warn that trade deals are fraught with difficulties for the environment

Environmental Law

Policy briefing: Get ready for the Treasury’s tax on plastic packaging

The Treasury is consulting on the design of a new tax on plastic packaging, due to apply from 1 April 2022. Here’s what you need to know about the implications for business

Regulation

UPDATED: 21 green rules that have been relaxed in response to Covid-19

UK environmental regulators have in recent days issued a clutch of temporary regulatory position statements in response to the coronavirus crisis, granting businesses additional flexibility in order to keep key sectors of the economy moving. Here's what you need to know

Products & Chemicals

Should titanium dioxide have been named a carcinogen?

There will be serious consequences from the EU decision to label the vital industrial chemical titanium dioxide as a carcinogen, says industry, while campaigners say lobbying watered down the European Commission’s response. Gareth Simkins reports

Products & Chemicals

5 things you need to know about PFAS

There are almost 5,000 forms of per- and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS), according to the OECD. What are they and where are they found?

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