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Packaging waste

Does a major recycling drive by big retailers stand up to scrutiny?

Does a major recycling drive by big retailers stand up to scrutiny?

An initiative to increase the amount of plastic packaging being recycled is generating momentum across the UK, but complaints are surfacing about the fate of the material once it arrives in Poland and questions over duty of care have been raised. Conor McGlone investigates... Read more

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13 permit breaches found at controversial landfill

The operator of a notorious landfill, which has been the subject of thousands of complaints over odour issues, breached its permit at least 13 times over the first quarter of 2021

Environmental Politics

UK infrastructure bank opens for business with focus on net zero

The government’s UK Infrastructure Bank has officially opened for business, with the body’s ‘mission’ including a focus on meeting the government’s net zero emissions target, but a tension has been identified between economic and environmental objectives


EA consults on technically competent manager attendance at waste sites

The Environment Agency is consulting on ways to assess how long technically competent managers must be in attendance at waste sites for each week

Environmental Law

High Court rejects challenge to UK ETS design

Waste incineration will continue to be excluded from the UK Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), while its generous initial emissions cap will also be allowed to remain, according to a court ruling


Haulage firm handed £10,000 penalty over waste offences

A haulage company and its director have been ordered to pay nearly £10,000 for offences related to an illegal waste site in Northamptonshire


Hazardous waste

How toxic waste devastated livestock on two Cumbrian farms

How toxic waste devastated livestock on two Cumbrian farms

Carcinogens, pharmaceuticals and industrial waste have been found on land treated with a new fertiliser, which was spread on at least two farms in the north west, where livestock have fallen sick and died. How does a disaster like this happen? asks Rachel Salvidge


Policy briefing: The lowdown on the extended producer responsibility scheme

A new consultation has set out the key elements of a proposed scheme that will make packaging producers take on the full cost of managing their products’ waste


Toxic time bombs: The historic landfills at risk of flooding

Hundreds of historic landfills are located in areas susceptible to flooding, an analysis by ENDS has found. The finding adds to growing concerns that old tips could become major sources of pollution as a result of climate change if no action is taken to protect them


How some major waste firms are achieving high compliance scores

All of one major waste firm’s sites were in the highest A and B compliance bands in 2019, according to official data, with several other companies close behind. We talk to them about their approach to compliance


Hidden in the shadows: Modern slavery in the waste sector

The victims of what is reported to be the largest modern slavery ring ever to be uncovered in the UK talk to ENDS about how they ended up working in a recycling plant, and how they eventually escaped their captors


Does the EA’s handling of an unauthorised waste site make a ‘mockery of environmental law’?

A recycling site was allowed to operate next to a football ground in Merseyside, without planning permission for more than a year, despite being erected on a floodplain and having been described by the EA as a threat to public health. Was this an 'abject failure of the regulatory system?' asks Conor McGlone

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