Waste electronics & electrical

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  • Fluorescent light tubes

    DEFRA boosts lamp recycling target

    DEFRA has marginally increased the 2018 WEEE collection target for lamp recycling

  • Pigs

    Industry bodies hit out over ‘unjustified’ permit fee increases

    The Environment Agency’s decision to push ahead with plans to increase many of its permitting charges from 1 April has been criticised by industry bodies, who have warned that the ‘unjustified’ fee rises could affect their members’ businesses

  • Used electronic and electrical waste - WEEE

    Waste industry objects to new WEEE collection targets

    Proposed lower targets for the collection of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment for 2018 are not the way to deal with underperformance on the 2017 target, the waste sector argues

  • Scrap cars

    Untapped goldmine found in scrap cars

    Substantial quantities of rare metals in scrap vehicles are being lost, an EU-funded study has found

  • 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

  • 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

  • Newhaven incinerator

    How Environment Agency charges are set to change

    The Environment Agency has extended a consultation on its wide-ranging charging proposals, but fears remain that firms will not have enough time to prepare for the proposed introduction of the revised fees in April 2018. Jamie Carpenter and Gareth Simkins investigate

  • Environment Agency inspectors have found compliance with permit conditions increased only a little in 2016. Photograph: Environment Agency/James Fletcher

    Permit compliance progress slowed in 2016

    New Environment Agency performance data shines a spotlight on the plants and operators with the worst records of compliance in 2016

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