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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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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

Brexit Hub Products & Chemicals

Eustice admits Brexit crash-out would pose challenge for downstream chemicals companies

Environment secretary George Eustice has confirmed that small companies importing chemicals from the EU would face challenges if London and Brussels fail to agree on data sharing provisions as part of a free trade deal

Products & Chemicals

Four substances named as SVHCs

The addition of three plastic additives and a cosmetics preservative has brought the EU’s list of substances of very high concern to 209

Water pollution

UK scientists develop method for removing pharmaceutical pollution from wastewater

Scientists have developed a new method for the fast detection and removal of wastewater pollutants that come from everyday pharmaceuticals such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin

Environmental Law

Steelwork firm donates £15k to charity for breaching packaging rules

The Environment Agency has announced that a steel firm has paid £15,300 to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for failing to meet packaging recycling obligations

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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