No hiding place
A landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice on environmental lapses could profoundly affect business throughout the EU. Chris Webb reports
Locking up the polluters
European law has been proposed which will eradicate safe havens for environmental crime, and send the criminals to prison. Ian Wilson reports
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, April 2007
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. This month we see new regulations giving financial incentives for energy saving devices and a law obliging producers to recover and recycle packaging waste, while English and Welsh water undertakers are told in more detail how to prepare and publish water resources management plans.
Latest security devices help water companies to safeguard their property and facilities from unauthorised access, and to protect the public.
The great non-debate
Governments are hard-wired to population growth for economic prosperity. But, asks CIWEM executive director, Nick Reeves, what is the environmental impact?
Brazil laundering illegal timber on a 'massive and growing scale'
Greenpeace uncovers evidence that illegally logged timber is being sold on to buyers in the UK, US, Europe and China.
Mixed response over Osborne's landfill tax plans
George Osborne's Budget has received a mixed reaction from the waste and recycling industry, with views divided over the announcement that landfill tax is to increase in line with the retail price index from April next year.
ESA calls on Government to reveal future landfill tax plans
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has called on the Government to reveal its plans for the future of landfill tax beyond 2015, ahead of Wednesday's Budget.
Waste crime costs UK up to £808m a year, report suggests
Waste crime costs the UK economy more than £800m a year, according to new research.
Vivienne Westwood: Business playing giant game of monopoly with world's resources
UK fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has criticised business leaders and politicians for large-scale environmental damage, which she says is the result of an "exaggerated focus on profits rather than nature".
25 illegal waste sites closed every week
The Environment Agency (EA) has claimed that its two-year crusade to identify and shut down illegal waste sites is paying off.
Metals recycling legislation replaced for first time in almost 50 years
Today marks a "watershed moment" for the scrap metal industry with the introduction of new legislation.
Westminster locks out metal theft with Taylor-made bin device
Westminster City Council will be rolling out a new waste bin container-locking device across the borough this summer following successful security trials earlier this year.
Illegal waste boss arrested on runway lands in jail
A 55-year old man was arrested on the runway of Heathrow airport as he tried to flee the country to avoid paying back the proceeds of his illegal waste business.
New sentencing proposals crack down on waste criminals
Fly-tippers and other serious waste offenders could be slapped with larger fines after new environmental sentencing proposals were launched yesterday (14 March).
Scotland to crack down on environmental crime
Industry and environmental bodies in Scotland have shown support for new proposals to ensure environmental regulations are enforced.
POCA 'more effective' than prison for waste crime
The Environment Agency's use of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) is often a more effective deterrent for serious waste criminals than a conviction or sentence.
Officers arrest 10 suspects in hazardous waste dawn raid
The biggest ever hazardous waste raid conducted in the UK concluded this week with multiple arrests following a series of dawn raids.
Record number of waste criminals now behind bars
The number of waste offenders sent to prison has almost trebled in the past three years, according to the Environment Agency.
Time to target the drug pushers of fly-tipping
Punishing those who illegally dump waste will never solve the problem - you have to confront the waste producers and increase visibility at the point of disposal, argues Phil Conran
Bin fines slashed as Defra looks to phase out penalties
Spot fines for overfilling or putting bins out for collection at the wrong time been significantly reduced under new laws which came into effect today (May 30).
Updated: Huhne quits cabinet as he faces trial over speeding points allegation
Energy secretary, Chris Huhne, will face trial over allegations he asked his ex-wife to take driving license speeding points for him.
Household waste transfer site loses permit
A household waste transfer site which committed a number of waste offences has had its permit revoked by the Environment Agency (EA).
Thames Water uses water-coding to catch metal thieves
Thames Water has revealed metal theft from its operational sites is costing it £1.2m a year.
Police set up new unit to tackle power cable theft
London's Metropolitan Police has today (December 19) launched its first ever dedicated unit to fighting the growing problem of metal theft.
United Utilities call for witnesses after callous thieves axe ancient tree
United Utilities is appealing for witnesses after thieves chopped down a 120-year-old tree, near its Stocks Reservoir site, Lancashire.
When the drugs reach the works
Consumption of illegal drugs is a major fact of metropolitan life, says Frank Rogalla of Aqualia. But what happens when they leave the human body? European research provides some answers
Water scarcity overtakes global warming as top environmental concern
Water pollution and water supply issues have overtaken global warming as a top environmental concern, according to a new report.
Riot clean-up helpers praised for fast response
Local authority crews, waste contractors and the general public have been praised by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) for their support in clean-up operations, following four nights of riots in London and across the country.
Celebrities and residents use twitter to tidy London
Celebrities and residents responded to three nights of violent unrest apparently orchestrated through social networks by using the same networks to tidy London.
Illegal waste boss hit with largest ever proceeds of crime ruling
A man who ran an illegal waste dump has been hit with the UK's biggest ever ruling forcing him to repay his ill-gotten gains.
£1M fine for British Gas mistake
British Gas has been fined £1million after it was ruled the company had lied about the amount of renewable energy it was using.
Biffa's blitz spirit keeps bin collections going after vehicle vandalism
Norwich City Council's refuse collection service was temporarily disrupted last month when a disgruntled former employee of the council's waste contractor, Biffa Municipal, smashed up a fleet of trucks in a fit of rage.
Energy leaders call for action on metal thefts
Dangerous thefts of metal from the UK's energy infrastructure are to be put under the spotlight by MPs.
Chinese companies found guilty of making fake valves
Employees at two Chinese companies have been given criminal sentences for making and selling counterfeit Hopkinsons Valves, which are manufactured by the Weir Group Plc.
CPS expected to consider Huhne speeding allegations
The Crown Prosecution service is expected to be passed a file on energy secretary Chris Huhne this week.
Cops in six month electric bike trial
Cops in Manchester are taking an environmentally friendly approach to crime fighting by getting on electric cycles.
Suspended prison sentence for waste offender
The owner of a company that illegally deposited and burnt waste was given a 26 week prison sentence suspended for two years on April 14 2011.
Mayor rolls out clean London scheme
Londoners are being urged by Mayor, Boris Johnson, to help keep the capital clean by reporting 'grime-crime' such as graffiti, litter and fly-tipping, using internet and mobile phone technology.
Biggest criminal probe into electrical waste exports goes to trial
Eleven defendants will stand trial in what is the biggest investigation ever into the illegal export of electrical waste from the UK to developing countries.
WRAP gets European funding to boost West Midlands recycling
WRAP has introduced a new business development fund worth £4M, which will focus on creating the infrastructure to recycle a further 500,000 tonnes of waste in the West Midlands by 2015, potentially creating new jobs for the region.
Toxic waste protests halt shipment to Denmark
Protest from opposition groups has stopped a shipment of toxic waste from leaving Sydney bound for Denmark.
Bedford gets tough on environmental crime
Bedford Borough Council is launching a major new campaign to tackle environmental crime including littering, graffiti and fly-tipping.
£10,000 reward for copper thieves
Central Networks has put up a reward for information on copper thieves in Gloucestershire after seven attacks in the last two months.
EA calls for European cooperation on e-waste
Britain yesterday (September 15) called on Europe to work together to fight the 'toxic trade' in e-waste shipped to Africa.
Waste firm fined after worker crushed to death
Waste firm SITA have been fined after a worker was crushed to death in an accident at a landfill site.
Investigations ongoing after carbon credits raid
Police are continuing investigations into an alleged £38M VAT fraud relating to the carbon credit market.
Thieves steal round the UK charity kayak
An engineer sailing around the UK for charity has had his kayak and vital equipment stolen while he slept.
Thieves steal flood defences
Thieves scavenging metal to sell for scrap have targeted vital flood defences in Doncaster twice in a month.
Big fines for Northern Ireland waste offenders
Men who allowed their land in Northern Ireland to be used as dumps for illegal waste from the republic have been hit with hard penalties under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Salmon spawning grounds polluted by fishery works
A former fisheries consultant was fined £9,000 for authorising work that led to the pollution of an important local spawning ground for salmon.
Agricultural contractor fined for Devon diesel spill
A Holsworthy man has been ordered to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after diesel oil escaped from his agricultural contractor's yard into a Devon stream.
Man caught flytipping seven times in seven months
A midlands man has been fined and ordered to carry out community service after being caught flytipping seven times in as many months.
Essex illegal waste site raided
A complex of illegal waste sites was raided this week by the Environment Agency with support from Essex police.
Construction company turned river 'orange with pollution'
A pollution incident in Mansfield has cost a construction company over £10,000 in the courts.
Suspended sentence for handling illegal waste
The owner of a Reading skip hire business that took waste without the proper licences has been electronically tagged and put under curfew, given a six month suspended sentence and ordered to pay costs of £6,000.
West Country wine company fined for waste breach
Failing to follow waste rules has cost one of the Southwest's biggest wine importers over £35,000 in the courts.
Flytipper caught on camera
Spy cameras set up to tackle flytipping at a Mansfield beauty spot have helped secure a conviction in the town.
Three arrested in raids over chemical drums dumping
Three men have been arrested in a series of early morning raids across three counties as part of an investigation into illegal dumping of drums filled with chemicals.
Environment Agency cracks down on 'waste tourists'
Environmental investigators are working with Interpol to tackle the problem of electrical waste being dumped in developing countries.
Chevron fined for Dorset oil spill
Oil giant Chevron has been ordered to pay £11,500 following a diesel leak at its Poole terminal that put a nature reserve at risk of pollution.
DNA detectives tackle beach water pollution
THE ENVIRONMENT Agency (EA) has turned to a cutting-edge DNA technique to prevent the pollution of bathing water. The CSI Seaside project, which is understood to be the first of its kind worldwide, will help pinpoint the source of faecal and sewage pollution, the most common causes of bathing water pollution whether it is runoff from agricultural land or from a sewage outlet pipe.
Hanson Cement faces environmental charges
The Environment Agency is charging cement manufacturer Hanson Cement with four counts of breaching the company's environmental permit conditions in Wales.
International investigation into £1bn carbon tax dodge
A scam that uses carbon trading to avoid paying tax is being investigated in countries across Europe, including the UK.
Dawn raids target organised waste crime
Eight arrests have been made in County Durham as part of a concerted effort to smash an organised crime ring focusing on dodging waste regulations.
Irish clampdown on illegal waste burning
Tougher regulations to combat waste crooks intent on 'backyard' burning of rubbish have been launched in Ireland.
Developer fined over asbestos dump
A landowner who buried asbestos and rubble at a Somerset farm has been fined for breaking hazardous waste rules.
'Deported' waste containers return from Brazil
Containers full of British rubbish have arrived back from Brazil after the South American country's environmental watchdog alleged they full of hazardous clinical waste rather than the harmless plastics that the exporters had claimed they carried.
GHD hair care was 'unaware' of waste regs
A manufacturer of top-end hair care products has become the latest high profile company to fall foul of the UK's waste laws.
Council boss resigns over fraud allegation slurs
The leader of Eden District Council has resigned following his arrest for alleged fraud relating to the recycling company he manages.
Climate camp protesters swoop on London
Protesters will gather in a number of locations in central London today for the 2009 Camp for Climate Action.
Return to sender - Brazil sends back UK's hazardous waste
Hazardous waste labelled as recyclable plastics has been returned to the UK after being discovered by Brazil's environmental regulators.
Scottish beavers disappearing amid fears of foul play
400 years ago, Scotland's beavers were hunted to extinction. Now a question mark hangs over plans to repopulate the country after the mysterious disappearance of several animals reintroduced to Argyll in May.
Agency steps up efforts to tackle waste crime
Flushed with success after securing the largest ever fine for infringements of waste regulations, the Environment Agency has published a statement saying it has been ramping up its war on waste crimes.
Grand Designs: Building in the Human Factor
University Campus Suffolk has opened the doors to its bold new building on the regenerated waterfront in Ipswich. Tom Idle talks its project director, Peter Williams, who says that a building can never truly be called sustainable until people are using it
Waltham Forest council looks to wipe out enviro-crimes
London Borough of Waltham Forest is clamping down on environmental crimes with the help of vehicle signage systems.
EPIC brands up west London borough recycling fleet
Vehicle branding specialist EPIC Media Group has won an order to apply its KWIK Zip signage system to nearly 30 RCVs operated by Serco on behalf of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.
Edie Legislation Summary September 2008
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy.
A question of credibility
Carbon offsetting has ruffled the feathers of big businesses around the world. Different schemes have been mooted - some more dubious than others, says Mark Lupton
How to comply with building-waste rules
The construction industry produces one third of the UK's waste. This month, the DTI's Site Waste Management Plans come into force in an attempt to curtail this. Kevin Stanley outlines what companies need to do to comply, and how the scheme can in fact save a business money
So, which is it: Saint or sinner?
Biofuels are a bit like the little girl in the nursery rhyme, they're either very, very good, or very, very bad - it just depends on who you talk to. Erik Jaques referees a heated and well-fuelled debate
Council under fire over bin fine
A local authority which pursued a prosecution against a man who over-filled his wheelie bin has found itself lampooned in the national press.
Boris pitches for green Mayor
The Conservative's candidate for the London Mayoral election, Boris Johnson, tells edie where he stands on the environment.
Northern Ireland skip firm fined for waste offence
A Belfast skip company has been fined £2,500 for waste offences.
Comment: council chiefs defend streetlight trials
Plans to switch off or dim street lights during certain parts of the night in an effort to save energy have come under fire in elements of the tabloid press. But according to an organisation representing senior local authority officers, change is inevitable.
Scottish sewage works fined for 'avoidable' filth in firth
Operators of a wastewater treatment plant on the Firth of Forth have been fined £13,500 following investigation of a spill last April.
Irish wastewater pollution case postponed
A case involving a firm accused of discharging polluting matter into a waterway in 2007 has been adjourned for eight weeks.
Northern Ireland takes waste cheats to court
Two separate cases have shown that authorities in Northern Ireland are keen to pursue businesses which breach waste management and disposal laws.
Sort out waste crisis or face court Italy told
Italy has been told to get its house in order or face being dragged before the European courts over its poor handling of the Naples waste crisis.
Naples waste crisis hurting regional economy
The waste crisis affecting Naples and the surrounding region has sparked national unrest and riots in Italy.
Northern Irish man sentenced in contaminated land case
A man from Northern Ireland has been given an 18-month suspended sentence for breaching waste management and water pollution legislation.
How to banish the bane of fly-tipping
Following a consultation exercise, the Countryside Alliance has proposed measures to curb the blight of fly-tipping. Charlotte Fiander outlines what's required
Crooks impersonate SEPA officers
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Pensioner murdered in hosepipe ban row
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Delhi to get tough with water thieves
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Metal thefts dent recycling progress
Rising prices for scrap metal has led to a surge in the number of thefts from recycling facilities and ill-protected sites like churches and abandoned buildings.
Environmental crime does not pay, report shows
The head of the Environment Agency says penalties for environmental crime are not harsh enough.
Fujicolor fined for environmental crime
Fujicolor Processing must pay a $200,000 criminal fine for discharging excessive amounts of silver-tainted photo processing waste into a Texas wastewater treatment plant.
Assets frozen in waste crime case
Powers more often used against drug dealers and career criminals have been exercised to freeze the assets of a Bradford man convicted of illegally dumping asbestos and excavation waste while the authorities investigate how much money he made from the activity.
Brussels moves to block Polish road building
The European Commission is taking urgent legal action to block Polish plans to build a major road through a protected primeval forest to give the courts time to make a final decision on the issue.