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  • Worker holding helmet, scrap pile Exclusive

    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

  • Stuart Wagland. Photograph: Cranfield University Comment

    Finding ways to generate energy from plastic waste

    Stuart Wagland: Advanced thermal treatment technologies are proving they can offer a flexible, local solution to the UK’s growing need to deal with its plastic waste. Investors are starting to take note

  • City Hall, London

    In brief: London’s burning problem, deposit scheme support

    Also in the news, waste burnt in London ‘doubles in a decade’, survey finds support for deposit return scheme, water firm unveils investment plan

  • 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

  • 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

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    Recycling figures show patchy progress

    Geographical variations in the proportion of household waste being recycled in England are highlighted by the latest official data

  • Jamie Carpenter, editor, ENDS Report

    Let’s not lose sight of the present

    Jamie Carpenter: As its name suggests, the government’s 25-Year Environment Plan looks to the far future. But does the flagship strategy have enough to say about the present?

  • Chinese man standing behind shredded plastic. Photograph: CPress Photo Limited/Alamy Stock Photo Analysis

    Stranded assets: what does China's import ban mean for the UK waste industry?

    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

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