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Why is DEFRA dragging its feet on plastics policies?

Pile of waste plastic

Voluntary agreements to reduce the amount of plastics in packaging have made some inroads but key government policies that would turbo charge action are long overdue. Industry is craving clarity, finds David Burrows... Read more

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Environmental Law

Penalties set at £428,000 for £5m waste crime

Three men and a company guilty of illegal waste activities at two sites around Neath have been ordered to pay more than £428,000 and given community sentences


Waste minister vows to hold EA to account over problem landfill

A government minister has called for long-term solutions to put an end to a stench emanating from a notorious landfill site that has been blighting the lives of residents for two years

Environmental Law

The ENDS Report Fines Monitor: The 20 biggest waste fines

Last week saw penalties of £177,000 and £428,000 applied for waste crimes in Wales and Northern Ireland. But these pale almost into insignificance compared to the largest fines and other penalties applied for waste offences, as recorded in the ENDS Report Fines Monitor. Here’s what you need to know


Council calls for a halt to North London EfW project over pollution fears

A council has called for a 'pause and review' of a major energy from waste project in North London over concerns around its potential environmental impact

Fines Monitor Waste

'One in four waste containers reported to the EA are non-compliant,' says industry figure

One in four waste containers reported to the Environment Agency’s hotline and subsequently inspected are found to be non-compliant, an inquiry heard yesterday



How lethal levels of toxic gas prevented EA inspectors from accessing a notorious landfill

Walleys Quarry Landfill

Experts say high levels of hydrogen sulphide present at the notorious Walleys Quarry landfill over the spring made it impossible for Environment Agency officers to inspect vast areas of the site. Conor McGlone reports


Waste and the Environment Act: 9 things you need to know

After a long and tortuous journey through parliament, the government’s ‘world-leading’ Environment Bill has finally passed into law. There are a number of implications for the waste, resources and chemicals sectors. Here is everything you need to know

Climate change

What do the COP26 outcomes mean for UK business?

COP26 has been hailed as both a success and a failure but regardless of what position is taken, the global conference's outcomes will have a number of short and medium term implications for business, experts tell Isabella Kaminski


What’s DEFRA’s problem with waste?

Central government departments have cut their waste by 39% in the past decade, sending 6% to landfill and recycling 64%, according to new data. But at DEFRA recycling rates have gone into reverse and even more waste is being buried. David Burrows reports


Can plastics that degrade in nature solve a global crisis?

Proponents of so-called oxodegradable and oxobiodegradable plastics say that the technology is a silver bullet solution to the plastics crisis. But others warn that the products could have unintended environmental consequences. David Burrows investigates


Where have all the whistleblowers gone?

Environmental crime is rife yet the number of tip-offs to the Environment Agency is vanishingly small compared with other regulators. Does the agency fail to encourage whistleblowing or are people too afraid and distrustful to come forward? David Burrows reports

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