Circular Economy Package will be binned - what's next?
The European Commission's decision to scrap the widely-favoured Circular Economy Package has been confirmed, leaving the UK's resource and waste management sector waiting in anticipation for what comes next.
Waste policy: Great expectations for 2015
A recent paper published by FCC into the environmental positions of the main political parties suggests that regardless of the political landscape after May, there will be more of the same with little appetite for immediate change. It seems clear that the economy will be the overriding driver over the next 12 months on both a UK and a European Government level, argues director at 360 Environmental Phil Conran.
Energy Secretary visits UK's first plastic film recycling facility
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has paid a visit to the UK's first shopping bag and plastic film recycling facility in London.
Call for EU to follow ten steps to implement circular economy
A group of leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have issued a joint statement calling for the European Union (EU) to implement ten steps that will help Europe work towards a circular economy.
WRAP unveils TEEP 'Waste Regulations Route Map'
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has unveiled its 'Waste Regulations Route Map' to help local authorities understand what recycling services they are legally obligated to provide under waste law.
Industry expert takes on 'lazy' journalism and tackles inaccurate reports on recycling
A waste industry expert has managed to get several newspapers to correct their inaccurate reports on recycling after making complaints to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).
EXCLUSIVE: WRAP to apply for charitable status to safeguard its future
WRAP is set to overhaul its structure and apply for charitable status in a bid to diversify its funding base and secure its long-term future.
Defra: No plans to publish guidance on TEEP
Defra director for waste policy Colin Church has confirmed that his department has no plans to publish guidance for local authorities seeking to carry on with commingled collections after the European Union Waste Framework Directive comes into force next year.
Wales injects extra funds into helping councils meet 'zero waste' targets
Welsh councils have received a funding boost to help them increase recycling rates with the announcement that the Assembly's collaborative change programme will run at least until the end of the 2015-16 financial year.
Rise of the iPad could spell trouble for waste economics
The growing trend of consuming media on tablet devices such as iPads could have "profound consquences" for municipal recycling figures, a leading waste analyst has warned.
Waste industry 'in doldrums' over Defra disengagement
Waste industry leaders have voiced grave concerns over plans by Defra to cut back its involvement in the sector following an announcement by the new resource minister Dan Rogerson this week.
Mixed reaction to Lord de Mauley's letter on waste regulations
Lord de Mauley's letter to councils about the impact of amended waste regulations on their collection arrangements has brought a mixed reaction from industry.
Defra clarifies new recycling laws
Local authorities will have to collect some recyclables "by way of separate collection" under new EU waste laws, the government has confirmed.
Defra attacked over plan to abolish quarterly regional waste reports
Defra's proposed move to eradicate regional quarterly waste statistics and instead publish a single annual report has been met with criticism from industry leaders.
Industry unites to urge government action on waste investment
The Government has been warned that it risks "sleep walking" into a waste infrastructure shortfall unless it conducts an urgent review of its waste data and revises the investment decisions made on the back of it.
Defra opens consultation on national waste prevention plan
Defra has launched a consultation on its long-awaited waste prevention programme for England, which is open to businesses, local authorities and consumers.
Waste chiefs warn of infrastructure 'crisis' as landfill targets loom closer
Local authority waste chiefs have called for an urgent review of national waste data amid fears that the UK is ill-prepared to meet forthcoming Landfill Directive targets.
Defra consults on waste management plan for England
Defra has issued a consultation on a Waste Management Plan for England as part of its requirements under the revised Waste Framework Directive (rWFD).
Does waste need a new language?
The terminology around waste is a much debated issue and as the language surrounding it evolves, this throws up some interesting dilemmas for society at large, ponders Mike Tregent
UK just scrapes into Europe top ten recycling league
The UK trails in tenth place behind the rest of Europe when it comes to recycling rates, according to new analysis.
Money up for grabs if you can give waste greater visibility
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is launching a competition for artistic depictions of waste in Europe in a bid to raise awareness around the issue.
Call for evidence opens for England waste prevention plan
Defra has launched a call for evidence today for its forthcoming Waste Prevention Programme for England, which will be published towards the end of the year.
Local resource: keeping waste in the neighbourhood
Interest is growing in reprocessing waste on-site where it is produced, says Mike Taylor - this will drive demand for smart, modular solutions that can close the loop
Judicial Review rules in favour of commingled waste collections
Recycling campaigners were dealt a blow today when a judge ruled in favour of Defra and the Welsh Assembly that commingled collections would be permissable in England and Wales under EU law.
Waste industry awaits verdict of Judicial Review hearing
The future of commingled recycled collections could be decided in the next few weeks after the judge overseeing the Judicial Review ended the hearing in Cardiff on Tuesday (26 February) to consider his verdict.
Skills-based waste training proves popular with job seekers
A Government backed training scheme that aims to prepare job-seekers for a career in the waste and recycling industry is attracting substantial interest.
The waste hierarchy: it's your duty
Organisations have a clear mandate to apply the waste hierarchy within their operations, but many are failing on this front. Dominic Hogg examines the reasons why
MRF proposals leave regime open to abuse, critics argue
Industry leaders have broadly welcomed the Government's consultation on the MRF code of practice and quality action plan, but some have questioned whether the proposals for sampling, auditing and inspection can deliver a credible scheme.
Cameron shows C&D recycling sector support
Prime Minister David Cameron has visited a construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling plant in Oxford as the sector aims to hit ambitious EU targets by 2020.
Businesses not up to speed with end-of-waste criteria
Irish business leaders are failing to realise the importance of end-of-waste requirements, according to a government leader.
Councils need clear policy steer on recycling
Ongoing tensions over local authority collection methods and frequency must be resolved as a matter of urgency, according to the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).
Fixing the fuzz around nanomaterials
Little is known about the potential risks posed by nanomaterials present in waste streams. Dr Steve Hankin looks at the challenges this poses in terms of disposal
UK pulls a shocker with euro 'waste medal' ranking
The UK has performed a "miracle" to come eighth in an EU waste league table according to a leading industry figure.
Tandridge Council first to adopt regional waste framework
Tandridge District Council has become the first local authority to commit to a framework that aims to save council waste departments collective costs of up to £85m.
Defra clarifies stance on separate recycling collections
Amended regulations which seek to impose a legal duty on waste companies and local authorities to separately collect paper, metal, plastic and glass by 2015 have been laid before Parliament today.
Who is the Nokia of the waste world?
As brand leaders look to take ownership of their materials, disassembly and reuse could fall to new operations where shredders and magnets will not feature - and the waste industry could be left on the sidelines, warns Phillip Ward
Waste hierarchy 'not binding' if conflicts with lifecycle impacts
Lifecycle impacts can take precedence over the waste hierarchy for certain materials under the revised Waste Framework Directive, the European Commission has ruled.
EU framework set to promote recycling best practice
Twelve EU regions are to join forces to develop a common framework in a bid to improve the consistency of recycling and recovery rates across Europe.
Welsh Assembly defends waste prevention criticisms
The Welsh Assembly has reacted to suggestions from the Welsh Audit Office that it needs to take a stronger stance on municipal waste reduction by confirming that plans are already in place to tackle this.
Case considers whether recycled oil is waste
The latest in a growing number of cases seeking to firm up the definition of waste in the UK has come to a decision on recycled oil.
Spanish landfills closed
Spain has been reprimanded for allowing municipal waste to be disposed of at sites where environmental impact assessments were either insufficiently detailed or, in one case, completely lacking.
Leaked sewage covered by WFD
Sewage that has escaped from wastewater treatment plants comes under the same rules as any other, the ECJ has ruled.
Understanding what waste really means
The definition 'waste' under the Waste Framework Directive continues to baffle. And a recent European Court ruling has raised the risk of criminal sanctions for waste offences. Eluned Watson and Laura Brady report.
Italy lacks waste plans
Italy has been told it must draw up waste plans for all of its regions, as they are currently missing in five provinces.
Italy rapped for waste violations
Italy has been hauled before the European courts for allowing sloppy waste managment practices to persist.
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.
France slow to tackle illegal landfills
France has been hauled over the coals by the European Commission for failing to close down illegal landfills or ensure they meet the standards necessary to allow them to be granted the permits which would make them legal.
Alleged Thames sewage leak considered by court
A case of alleged sewage leaks onto land in Kent in 2003 is likely to cause a headache for water companies after it was referred to the ECJ.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (January 2007)
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 laws and policies. The publication of the REACH chemicals regulation in the EU's official journal tops this month's legislative highlights, with the commission setting out the next steps for the regulation. REACH is to apply directly to European states from 1st June 2008 and will replace over 40 chemical laws, making it the biggest piece of legislation ever produced by the Union.
Waste as fuel judgement creates cross-border split
A series of disputes over the legal classification of waste used as fuel has led to a divergence in English and Scottish case law.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, July 06
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. Among the developments this month we look at the second reading of the EU's Groundwater Directive, the introduction of RoHS regulations, restrictions on ozone depleting substances and new rules for waste management in Northern Ireland.
As the Environment Agency publishes new draft regulations on the definition of waste, Peter Witherington looks at the impact it will have on redevelopment projects
Italy ignores EIA obligations
Italy has come under fire from the EC for failing to carry out an in-depth environmental impact assessment for a major incinerator.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (April 06)
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. Among the developments this month we see revisions to EU clean water rules with a new version of the Bathing Water Directive, while in the UK new ETS allocation rules provide for pre-2004 installations.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (February 06)
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. Among the developments this month we see the EU's proposals on radioactive waste shipments, flood management and noise pollution and in the UK climate change agreements for energy intensive installations.
EA and water firm face off in court
A water company has argued it does not need an EA licence to carry out work on its sewage treatment plants.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (December 2005)
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. Among the developments this month we see a raft of new directives from the EU, the latest developments on REACH, tighter controls on batteries and in the UK new safety laws for offshore installations and more on restricting toxic chemicals in paints.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (November 2005)
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. Among the developments this month we see new health and safety regulations for Britain's nuclear industry, legislation to slash solvents in paints and varnish, regulation to reduce hazardous chemicals in electronic goods and the formal adoption of an emissions trading scheme.
Commission v Greece. Waste
The ECJ delivered its judgement in the case of Commission v Greece (Case C-502/03) on 6 October 2005.
Stink over Spanish pig pollution
Spain has been found guilty of failing to protect the aquifer from pig farm pollution in Gerona's Baix Ter estuary.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (August 2005)
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. The summary includes the US-led climate change pact that will rival Kyoto, the UK's 'right to roam', new subsidies for biomass, efforts to combat oil pollution from shipping, tighter regulation of GMOs in Wales and an amendment to British climate change levy regulations.
The UK has been pulled up by the European Commission for its failure to transpose three Directives concerned with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
Edie environmental case law update (July 2005)
In this month's Semple Fraser and Edie News update on legal cases which impact on the environmental industry sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: Irish waterways receive inadequate protection from pollution, ruling on GMO food labelling, Spain rapped for allowing pigeon hunt, France falls down on waste water monitoring, Italy breaches Waste Framework Directive, Greece contravenes contract law, UK fails to protect habitats in Gibraltar, Greece reprimanded for failing to keep EU up to date with new laws, Italy ignores environmental impact of marina development, Russian claims state has failed to protect human rights by not re-housing citizens outside industrial buffer zone, SEPA and Scottish Power Generation Ltd slug it out over sludge, Spanish industry attempt to lift chemical ban fails, Nigerian communities file against oil giants over gas flaring.
UK Case Law
Opinion (No.2) of Lord Reed in petition of Scottish Power Generation Limited for Judicial Review of a decision by Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)
Case C-270/03 Commission v Italy
Judgement was given by the ECJ in the case of Commission v Italy on 9 June 2005.
R (on the application of Thames Water Utilities Ltd) v Bromley Magistrates Court
Questions surrounding the interpretation of EU law are to be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) following a decision this week in the case of R (on the application of Thames Water Utilities Ltd) v Bromley Magistrates Court.
Case C-416/02 Commission v Spain
Judgement was given in the case of Commission v Spain on 12 May 2005.
Edie environmental case law update (May 2005)
In this month's Semple Fraser and Edie News update of legal cases to impact the environmental industry sector in the UK, Europe and Internationally: UK nuclear case dismissed, Netherlands fails Wild Birds Directive, Greece fails to protect groundwater, Italy breaches waste rules, and Ireland receives 12 EU waste complaints.
Waste framework directive: Case C-157/04 Commission v Spain
Judgement was given in the above case on 28 April 2005. The case concerned failures by Spain to implement the requirements of the Waste Framework Directive (Directive 75/442/EEC).
Waste laws non-compliance: Case C-494/01 Commission v Ireland
Judgement was given in the above case on 26 April 2005. The case concerned alleged instances of non-compliance with the EU waste laws following twelve complaints received by the Commission against Ireland.
Water Framework Directive: Case C-270/03 Commission v Italy
The Advocate General gave his opinion in the case of Commission v Italy on the 14 April 2005, recommending that the Italian government be condemned under the Waste Framework Directive (Directive 75/442/EEC).
Edie environmental legislation summary (May 2005)
In this month's Semple Fraser round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: POPs, EU membership, greenhouse gas emissions trading, clean neighbourhoods, hazardous waste regulations, and much more.
Case C-449/03 Commission v France: France in breach of waste tip operating rules
Following a petition to the European Parliament, the Commission commenced investigations into a wild tipping site operated by the municipality of Saint-Laurent du Maroni in French Guiana which was alleged to be causing deterioration of the environment over a prolonged period of time.
Silent genius - the world beneath our feet
An exploration of in situ remediation, by Dr. Jeremy Birnstingl, of Regenesis.
Further consideration of the definition of waste
Elisa de Wit, from law firm Nicholson Graham & Jones, analyses recent environmental court rulings concerning business