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DEFRA reshuffle: What does the new look ministry mean for environmental policy?

DEFRA reshuffle: What does the new look ministry mean for environmental policy?

With two new ministers and a new secretary of state, DEFRA’s new ministerial team has a very different look compared to the one run by Michael Gove before the summer. Rachel Salvidge examines what... Read more

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Environmental Law

Landfill operator to pay £55,000 for serial permit breaches

The operators of a landfill site in central Wales have been ordered to pay £55,520 for a long-running series of environmental permit breaches


Scotland pushes landfill ban back to 2025

The Scottish government has delayed its ban on landfilling biodegradable municipal waste until 2025, saying that the industry would not be ready in time to meet the original 2021 deadline


EA rules change: Radioactive materials can be kept longer due to Brexit

The Environment Agency (EA) has extended regulatory position statements (RPS) allowing radioactive substances and waste to be held in excess of permitted amounts until April 2020


DEFRA resources strategy will cost waste sector up to £35bn, claims major waste firm

“Seismic shifts” in how waste is defined and viewed over the next 20-30 years will require an investment of between £26bn and £35bn, according to a report from one of the UK’s largest waste firms

Environmental Politics

DEFRA’s new ministerial team: 9 things you need to know

It has been all change at DEFRA since Boris Johnson became prime minister in July. Here’s what you need to know about the department’s new ministerial team



‘Free-wheeling chaos’: How should plastic waste management be reformed?

‘Free-wheeling chaos’: How should plastic waste management be reformed?

Four experts considered how producers of plastic waste should be made to pay for its collection and treatment at a major recycling and waste management conference this week. Gareth Simkins reports


End-of-waste review: Why waste recyclers could be in for significant cost increases

Firms who turn waste into new products could be in line for significant extra costs as a result of the Environment Agency’s review of end-of-waste criteria. Conor McGlone investigates


Infographic: focus on plastic waste exports

The impact of China’s 2018 import ban on mixed recyclable plastics is evident in UK waste export figures

Environmental Politics

What’s going to be in the Environment Bill?

The remaining parts of the draft Environment Bill are due to be published this autumn. What do we already know and what has yet to be resolved?


Enforcement action: The regulations that are no longer enforced

There are some regulations that the Environment Agency has stopped enforcing entirely – does this reflect a change in the regulator’s approach to enforcement or a lack of capacity to tackle serious environmental crimes?


Why a no-deal Brexit is likely to lead to more waste crime

The Environment Agency has acknowledged that potential funding cuts threaten its abilities to tackle waste crime, and a no-deal Brexit will only make matters worse, finds Conor McGlone

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