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  • Microbeads in toothpaste.

    Government pledges £200,000 on microplastics research

    DEFRA has pledged £200,000 to the University of Plymouth to research how sources of microplastics enter the UK's oceans.

  • Companies can ask the panel for its view on whether a material is waste or not. Photograph: Sima/123RF

    Definition of waste panel to reopen in June

    DEFRA has announced that a refashioned ‘definition of waste panel’ will reopen in June

  • Microbeads in toothpaste. Analysis

    How microbeads ban targets plastics problem

    The government’s ban on rinse-off microbeads which came into force 9 January has been praised by various groups, but experts call for further action on other sources of the pollutant

  • Michael Gove. Photograph: DEFRA

    Brexit puts ‘significant strain’ on DEFRA

    Brexit and repeated resource cuts have left DEFRA struggling to fulfil its duties, forcing it to review and de-prioritise aspects of its workload, according to the National Audit Office

  • Sorting at an MRF.

    Industry welcomes chief scientific report

    A report, which has been delayed by more than a year, chimes with repeated industry calls for more government leadership on waste policy

  • Playground surfaces made from old tires meet end-of-waste criteria as a new product. Photograph: 123RF

    New beginning for the end

    Closure of the Environment Agency’s ‘definition of waste panel’ sent mixed messages on achieving end of waste but what does its reopening say about it, and what have we learned from its absence? Conor McGlone investigates

  • People are worried their personal data could be breached. Photograph: Winai Tepsuttinun/123RF

    Data fears stalling WEEE recycling

    Seven in ten people in the UK are being put off recycling old and unused electrical products because of concerns about personal security data breaches

  • DEFRA is yet to decide whether to exempt oxo-degradable plastic bags from the 5p levy. Photograph: Aleksej-Orel/123RF

    Big business backs bio bag ban

    The controversial topic of oxo-degradable plastic packaging is back on the agenda with a long list of influential organisations now supporting a ban

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