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    Resurrected waste panel reveals charges

    Details are emerging about the highly anticipated resurrection of the definition of waste panel, which looks likely to be reinstated in April with an administration fee of £750

  • Mountain of electrical waste Analysis

    Making WEEE fairer and more efficient?

    The methodology used to calculate the WEEE compliance fee is aimed at encouraging the collection and recycling of electronic waste but is the fourth iteration, chosen by DEFRA, anymore likely to achieve this in a fair and efficient way? Conor McGlone investigates

  • Chemical barrels. Photograph: Sahawat Kiankola/123RF

    EU chemical trade rules amended

    EU rules governing the international trade in hazardous chemicals have been amended, extending controls to triclosan and five flame retardants

  • Scientist in lab coat recording chemical data. Photograph: Eldar Nurkovic/123RF

    UK REACH replacement not yet scoped

    The UK will exit the EU’s chemicals registration system but has yet to assess the business case for its own replacement system, minister says

  • Chemical laboratory

    ECHA pushes for ‘no regrets’ chemical substitution

    The European Chemicals Agency is renewing its efforts to stop even more problematic substances replacing those which are being phased out

  • DEFRA sign. Photograph: DEFRA

    £16m extra for DEFRA Brexit preparations

    DEFRA has been granted extra cash to spend on preparations for leaving the EU, including new IT systems for chemicals registration

  • Microbeads in toothpaste. Photograph: Thegreenj/GFDL1.2 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

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