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  • Westminster at night

    Government slammed over Whitehall SDGs

    EAC has sent a scathing letter to officials after the government failed to embed sustainable development goals within single departmental plans across Whitehall

  • Thérèse Coffey in front of the Environmental Audit Committee

    DEFRA denies China recycling market crisis

    Resources minister Thérèse Coffey has said there is no need to panic as prices crash while admitting that talks with the Chinese government are futile

  • Landfill site. Photograph: Macor/123RF

    Peers doubt Coffey’s waste trade assurances

    Peers fear the government's confidence that Brexit will not hinder the UK’s trade in waste with Europe is not shared by the waste industry

  • Plastic bottles. Photograph: monticello / 123RF

    EU sets more ambitious 2030 plastics targets

    The EU’s targets for plastic appear to be far more ambitious than the UK is willing to go, leading to uncertainty as to how UK could adopt the circular economy package

  • Bales of paper waste

    EAC launches China waste ban inquiry

    The committee is to hold a one-off evidence session into the impact of China’s ban on certain types of imported plastic and paper, which is threatening the UK recycling industry

  • plastic bottles on ground Photograph: Ratmaner/123RF

    Also in the news: Plastics and promotions

    Five other stories to follow, including the fallout from China’s ban on plastic imports and speculation linking the climate change minister to a cabinet promotion

  • Andy Street, mayor of Greater Manchester, and Steve Rotherham, mayor of the Liverpool City Region at Centre for Cities conference in September. Photograph: Alamy

    Local heroes

    With directly elected mayors taking the hotseats in six combined authorities and more powers being devolved to local authorities, can they have an impact on environmental sustainability? Tom Reeve reports

  • The European Parliament has agreed to recycling targets a full 10% lower than it had previously called for. Photograph: Adrian Hancu/123RF

    Circular economy targets to be watered down

    The EU is facing criticism for watering down its recycling targets, but the UK is unlikely to meet them anyway

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