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MAPPED: The areas around a notorious landfill that have recorded the highest hydrogen ...

MAPPED: The areas around a notorious landfill that have recorded the highest hydrogen

Click through to view an interactive map with details of hydrogen sulphide readings at monitoring stations installed around the Walleys Quarry landfill in Staffordshire

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Waste

‘Unworkable’: Waste sector blasts exemption from self-isolation rules

The waste industry has slammed red tape around rules allowing workers to avoid self-isolation after being identified as having been potentially exposed to the coronavirus

Waste

Green groups call for ‘Amazon law’ after retailer accused of binning food

Environmental groups have written to the prime minister calling for a new anti-waste, or 'Amazon law', after the online retailer was forced to deny new allegations that it destroys edible food as well as household goods

Environmental Law

Biffa found guilty of exporting banned waste for second time

One of the biggest waste companies in the UK has been found guilty for a second time in two years of illegally exporting to Asia material that was contaminated with household waste

Recycling

PPE distributor pays £13k to charity after breaching packaging rules

A firm which distributes hygiene products, such as face masks and hand sanitiser, has paid an enforcement undertaking after falling foul of packaging regulations

Energy

Green Gas Levy to support biogas injection launches this autumn

A new support scheme for injecting biomethane into the gas grid, funded by a new charge on suppliers of fossil gas, will launch this autumn

Analysis

Brexit Hub Legislation

Mind the governance gap: Will environmental crimes go unpunished?

Mind the governance gap: Will environmental crimes go unpunished?

England's green watchdog's powers are curtailed by the Environment Bill and Wales is a long way from establishing any body to cover the governance gap left created by Brexit. Will this lead to an overall weakening of environmental protections? asks James Fair

Legislation

Why do secrecy clauses underpin the Office for Environmental Protection?

The Environment Bill contains provisions that would prevent the green watchdog from disclosing information about its investigations, alarming peers and green groups alike. Wil Crisp reports

Plastics

Where will the UK's plastic waste go after Turkey’s latest clampdown?

Turkey’s move to order a further clampdown on plastic waste imports could lead to some UK waste being stockpiled and other markets sought to plug the gap, according to experts. David Burrows reports

Packaging waste

Does a major recycling drive by big retailers stand up to scrutiny?

An initiative to increase the amount of plastic packaging being recycled is generating momentum across the UK, but complaints are surfacing about the fate of the material once it arrives in Poland and questions over duty of care have been raised. Conor McGlone investigates

Hazardous waste

How toxic waste devastated livestock on two Cumbrian farms

Carcinogens, pharmaceuticals and industrial waste have been found on land treated with a new fertiliser, which was spread on at least two farms in the north west, where livestock have fallen sick and died. How does a disaster like this happen? asks Rachel Salvidge

Waste

Policy briefing: The lowdown on the extended producer responsibility scheme

A new consultation has set out the key elements of a proposed scheme that will make packaging producers take on the full cost of managing their products’ waste

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