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The Dirty Man of Europe: Is the UK on a course to reprise ...

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In his book, The Dirty Man of Europe, Chris Rose detailed the ecological misrule of Britain in the 1980s. Without pressure from Europe, he wrote, it is difficult to see how the country would have made any environmental progress in that period. Now the UK has left the EU, could we see a reprise of the unenviable title once again?... Read more

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Former company director fined £11,200 for exporting banned waste

The Environment Agency has prosecuted an ex-company director for illegally exporting household waste including nappies, textiles and electrical items to Indonesia

Packaging waste

Claims that EPR will cost consumers are ‘disingenuous’, say council bosses

Council bosses have rubbished claims made by the food industry that the introduction of extended producer responsibility is 'adding to inflation,' and should therefore be abandoned while the government addresses the cost of living crisis

Energy from waste

Scottish government accused of backtracking on its commitment to halt new incinerators

Local authorities in Scotland can still issue planning permission for new incineration facilities, says Scotland’s circular economy minister, despite the government recently issuing a moratorium on new incineration


Plastic bag charge sees a 77% decrease in the number of bags sold

The number of single-use plastic bags sold by England’s biggest retailers has fallen by 77% since 2016/17, new data shows

Biomass and biofuels

Aviva submits environmental statement in appeal to save controversial Barry Biomass plant

Multinational insurance giant Aviva has submitted a long-delayed environmental statement in its appeal against a decision that could see its controversial biomass plant in Wales brought down



Burning questions: Is time running out again for Scotland’s landfill ban?

Bin full of household waste

Almost three years on from Holyrood’s decision to delay its ban on household biodegradable waste being sent to landfill, there is little certainty among experts that the new target of 2025 is achievable, writes David Burrows

Environmental Law

Why environmental non-compliance can have legal consequences outside of fines and community service

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a former waste company director given a conditional discharge and a five-year disqualification order after being convicted of an environmental permitting offence. The case shows how non-compliance can have consequences outside of fines and community service, writes Angus Evers

Products & Chemicals

How Covid-19 exposed cracks in the medical waste system

Personal protective equipment has played a fundamental role in protecting lives and preventing the spread of Covid-19 but recent revelations around the burning of unused PPE has raised some questions around the disposal of medical waste. Pippa Neill explores the challenges faced by the current system


Is waste incineration set to burn out?

In May 2022, the Scottish government published an independent review calling for an immediate moratorium to be issued on planning permission for new incinerators. Pippa Neill explores what this might mean for the future of the UK incineration business

Environmental Politics

Is DEFRA too ‘scared’ to consult on its environmental principles statement?

The government has been called on to explain why a key environmental governance mechanism of the Environment Act has not been laid before Parliament. Tess Colley looks at why the environmental principles statement is so important and what its absence means


Will the UK ever be able to end its reliance on plastic waste exports?

Just days after the Environment Agency called for a ‘complete ban on waste exports’, analysis by ENDS can reveal that in 2021, the UK sent a staggering 469,405 tonnes of plastic waste abroad. Pippa Neill reports


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