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Burning question: Why councils are sending low-grade plastics for incineration

Burning question: Why councils are sending low-grade plastics for incineration

With some councils suggesting they will stop collecting certain types of low-grade plastics for recycling, Conor McGlone investigates how the lack of a market for the PET found in pots, tubs and... Read more

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‘Out of step’ government rejects MPs’ sustainable fashion recommendations

MPs’ calls for mandatory environmental targets for large fashion retailers and a ban on incinerating or landfilling unsold fashion stock have been dismissed by the government


Suspended sentence for waste criminal who avoided almost £500k in compliance costs

A man that saved almost half a million pounds by running an illegal waste site in Pershore, Gloucester, has been sentenced to 12 months’ custody, suspended for 18 months.

Energy from waste

Council in court over plans for £650m incinerator that could ‘discourage recycling’

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) has been taken to court over claims that a £650m contract it awarded for an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant could result in the incineration of recyclable material, counter to the government’s waste and resources strategy


Waste bosses guilty of abandoning 2,000 tonnes of rotting waste

Three waste bosses have been found guilty of major permitting failures which led to thousands of tonnes of rotten waste being stockpiled and deserted


Councils in opposition to UK-wide single waste collection system

Representatives from local authority waste trade associations have argued there should not be a single system of collection across the UK as part of the government's plans to introduce consistency measures through its waste and resources strategy



Why numerous checks were not enough to prevent a £327,000 duty of care payout

Why numerous checks were not enough to prevent a £327,000 duty of care payout

A company took multiple steps to comply with the duty of care but its failure to check the detailed conditions of an exemption allowing wood to be stored on a waste site in Cambridgeshire proved extremely costly. Conor McGlone investigates


Scotland's one million tonne question

A huge amount of residual waste could be looking for a new home when Scotland's landfill ban takes effect in 2021. Where will it end up?

Packaging waste

Policy briefing: How might the landscape for producer responsibility change?

A consultation on changes to the producer responsibility system has recently closed. Dominic Hogg looks at what impact these proposals might have on producers and local authorities


Can the UK ban biodegradable waste going to landfill by 2025?

The Committee on Climate Change wants a ban on biodegradable waste going to landfill by 2025, but is it feasible? Conor McGlone investigates

Environmental Politics

10 key policy updates to look out for this May

Scan upcoming policy changes on oil and gas decommissioning, energy efficiency for small and medium businesses, environmental governance in Scotland, resources and waste recycling, low carbon energy generation, the industrial energy transformation fund, and the marine environment in Wales


Policy briefing: Time to start preparing for the plastic packaging tax

A consultation on a planned plastic packaging tax, one of the government’s flagship policies designed to combat the proliferation of single-use plastics, closes on 12 May 2019

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