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How are environmental managers adapting to the coronavirus pandemic?

How are environmental managers adapting to the coronavirus pandemic?

While the coronavirus has slowed down many industries, environmental managers are still being tasked with continuing their work in such vital sectors as waste, packaging and infrastructure services.... Read more

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Waste

Coronavirus: HMRC introduces flexible measures on landfill tax

HMRC has introduced measures to improve flexibility surrounding landfill tax but has stopped short of reducing the tax itself, as called for by some in the waste sector

Plastics

7 reasons why the UK is heading into a waste plastics crisis

The UK is headed for a plastics recycling crisis, which has its origins in China’s decision to ban imports of plastics more than two years ago. ENDS looks at how the problems are unfolding

Land, Ecology & Development

Pioneering waste to jet fuel plant hit by Natural England objection

The nature regulator Natural England has issued an objection to plans for a first-of-a-kind waste to jet fuel plant in the Humber Estuary, warning that the proposals as submitted would have an adverse effect on nearby protected sites

Waste

Coronavirus: Business waste levels predicted to halve as Covid-19 crisis hits activity

Levels of residual commercial and industrial waste generated in the UK are likely to drop by ‘just under’ 50% in the immediate short term due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to an analysis

Waste

Coronavirus: Waste worker safety guidance does not recommend use of masks

Masks and personal protective equipment are not recommended in new Health & Safety Executive guidelines aimed at keeping frontline workers in the waste industry safe during the Covid-19 pandemic

Analysis

Plastics

The debrief: How a waste company is closing the loop for plastic bottles

The debrief: How a waste company  is closing the loop for plastic bottles

Biffa combined its in-house knowledge with expertise from across Europe to build the UK’s first recycling plant turning PET back into food-grade PET

Waste

Feeling the heat: How the waste sector is managing fire risk

Firefighters are called out to tackle fires at around 300 waste sites each year. The introduction of fire prevention plans, intended to manage fire risk, has proved costly for operators, some of whom are seeking innovative solutions in order to be granted permission to depart from evolving Environment Agency guidance

Plastics

Why the UK is facing a major plastic waste crisis

Countries including Malaysia, China and Indonesia have turned their backs on the UK’s plastic waste. It must find new ways to dispose of its rubbish. Fast.

Hazardous waste

Can the clinical waste industry cope with coronavirus?

The clinical waste industry has said there is spare capacity but concerns remain over ageing infrastructure and workforce availability as the country goes into lockdown

Plastics

Why the Treasury’s plastic tax needs refining

The government’s new proposals for taxing plastic have been well received but sticking points remain with producers claiming unfair costs would need to be passed on to consumers

Prosecutions

38(2): the regulation that has cost firms more than £10m

A failure to comply with permit conditions can prove costly, with recent penalties running into tens - and even hundreds - of thousands of pounds. Here's what you need to know about regulation 38(2), one of England’s most frequently enforced environmental regulations

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