China’s ban on imports of certain recyclate is a bigger threat to the waste industry than Brexit, say industry insiders, but it is also an opportunity to rethink how the UK recycles its waste. Conor McGlone investigates
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
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
The EA, SEPA, NRW and the NIEA have set out the levels at which waste-derived soils need assessing for risks to ecology and wildlife from the presence of chemicals
Green business investors say concerns over GIB privatisation and a shift to overseas investment in green projects are overblown compared to policy uncertainty and state aid restrictions
The EA has rowed back on its latest proposals to requiring recyclers to fully assess mixed waste wood loads before they are processed
Residents have challenged planning policy interpretation by a public inquiry inspector and the communities secretary in a bid to stop fracking in Lancashire
Lithium-rich brine is set to be mined from deep hot springs flowing through Cornish granite to help supply strategic materials used in electric vehicle and storage batteries
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