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Single-use plastics and Covid-19: 6 things you need to know

Single-use plastics and Covid-19: 6 things you need to know

Covid-19 restrictions are driving a surge in the use of single-use plastics, while lobbyists have called for restrictions on some items to be lifted in response to the pandemic. Here's what you need to know... Read more

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Energy from waste

London’s mayor launches legal action against EfW plant’s expansion

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said he will seek a judicial review of the government’s decision to back the expansion of an energy-from-waste in the south-east of the capital

Packaging waste

EA surpasses own target for waste packaging checks

The Environment Agency says that it exceeded its own target for the monitoring of packaging firms and compliance schemes working in the packaging recovery note system during 2019


Tyre debris is ‘hidden threat’ to marine environment

Debris released from tyres is likely to represent a major – and previously unrecorded – source of marine microplastic pollution, according to a DEFRA-commissioned research study, which identifies storm water discharges adjacent to roads as a key pathway


Green light for waste-to-jet-fuel plant as Natural England drops objection

A pioneering waste-to-jet-fuel facility has secured planning permission after an objection on environmental grounds was dropped by wildlife regulator Natural England


‘No exemptions’: All councils to be required to collect core recyclable materials

The government has said it will bring in legislation requiring all local authorities to collect glass, metal, plastic, paper and card, food waste and garden waste for recycling from 2023, as set out in the Environment Bill


Environmental Law

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

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


Why coronavirus is leading to a surge in waste crime

The closure of household recycling centres has led to a sharp rise in waste crime but the waste industry does not feel able to reopen them due to social distancing rules. DEFRA is in a bind. Conor McGlone investigates


WATCH: The UK's secret waste crisis

VIDEO: The UK is headed into a plastic waste crisis with exports markets closing their doors, domestic recycling plants under pressure and landfill capacity shrinking


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

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


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

Fines Monitor Prosecutions

Last month’s key environmental fines

A £90,000 penalty for river pollution and £400,000 for an illegal car breaker were among the biggest fines handed out last month. ENDS looks at March’s most significant payouts

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