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Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles

Pickles extends planning control over wind farm projects

The wind industry has responded angrily to Eric Pickles' announcement that he will be extending his period of pulling in decisions on renewable energy projects for a further 12 months.

Ecotricity's Dale Vince

Government 'flip-flops on planning policy' says Ecotricity

Renewable energy company Ecotricity has hit out at the Government for its approach to planning, claiming it has introduced conflicting rules for certain projects.

Weekly bin collections leave trade bodies feeling rubbish

Local councils have been selected to benefit from a £250m government weekly bin collections fund, amid concerns that funding could be withheld if authorities fail to carry out the weekly schedule.

Lord de Mauley will focus on the wider resource issues

Lord de Mauley steps in as Defra resource minister

Lord de Mauley has finally been confirmed as the new resource management minister at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) - two weeks after the Government's cabinet reshuffle.

Localism is 'failing' waste planning, says LGA leader

The new duty to cooperate may not be sufficient to deliver the UK's urgently needed waste infrastructure, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Wasteful habits are not helping the industry's image

The eating disorder around food waste

Battling negative perceptions of 'slop buckets', Nicola Peake explains why more service providers need to do more to capture this waste stream

The story made a big splash on the cover of The Times newspaper

Localism debate ignites over 'incinerator revolt'

Conflict over the localism agenda and its impact on waste planning has heightened following claims made in The Times newspaper that a "national revolt" was brewing against incinerators.

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