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England’s plastic straw ban: 6 things you need to know

England’s plastic straw ban: 6 things you need to know

From today, businesses in England must not supply or sell single-use plastic straws, cotton buds, and drink stirrers, or face financial penalties. Here's what you need to know

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First UK standard for biodegradable plastic introduced

The first standard for measuring the biodegradability of polyolefins - the most littered form of plastic packaging in the UK - has been published by the national standards body BSI


Exclusive: More than half of waste operators could be illegally landfilling toxic waste

Sampling carried out by the Environment Agency suggests more than half of waste operators could be breaking the law by misclassifying toxic waste as non-hazardous and disposing of it at landfills, ENDS has learned


Scottish incineration up and CO2 emissions down

Scotland is sending much less waste to landfill than last year, while its industry is also emitting less methane and carbon dioxide, according to figures published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) yesterday


Exclusive: EA to hire external consultants to clear permitting backlog by the end of the year

The EA has a plan to clear its permitting backlog and to return its performance on permitting to a 2017/18 baseline level by the end of December 2020, ENDS has learned


Waste boss handed £179k confiscation order

The owner of a notorious waste firm has been told to pay back £179,000 of his unlawful profits, while avoiding imprisonment for concealing his assets



Targeting England’s waste mountain

Targeting England’s waste mountain

The government has announced plans for two new waste targets to underpin the Environment Bill, focusing on the top of the waste hierarchy, and aiming to drive reduction, reuse and repair. But what will those targets look like, and how will they be enforced?

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6 things you need to know about the Office for Environmental Protection

Concerns over the recruitment of the chair of the post-Brexit green watchdog are reaching a head. The body, required under the Environment Bill, will replace some of the oversight functions of the European Commission when it is finally established. Here’s what we know so far

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Back to work: what’s on the policy radar this autumn?

ENDS takes a look at 14 of the biggest policy changes to prepare for as people head back to work, if not the office, this autumn


Why the EA’s decision to withdraw free permitting advice could backfire

The EA says it has temporarily withdrawn its free pre-application permitting advice because of the coronavirus pandemic, but experts fear that the decision could backfire, increasing permitting delays. Conor McGlone reports


The landfills that flout the rules

Landfills in England breached their permits more than 2,000 times in 2018, the second highest total for a regulated sector. So what do the latest figures tell us about the main reasons for non-compliance and how can operators avoid them?

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Can DEFRA create a ‘Climate Change Act moment for nature?’

DEFRA has begun its much anticipated Environment Bill target-setting process and while the move has been welcomed, fears remain over whether the exercise will ultimately deliver strong enough goals to arrest the decline in nature. Rachel Salvidge reports

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