The issues that took precedence over pollution monitoring and control during 2004 were the ratification of the Stockholm Convention and the continuing discussions on the EU's REACH agreement, designed to monitor the use of chemicals.
As far as waste and recycling were concerned, 2004 was dominated by two main themes - preparing to deal with hazardous waste under new EU legislation, and the increasing efforts of government, local authorities and industry to boost the UK's recycling figures.
Several changes were made to the way that businesses interact with the environment sector during 2004.
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