The year started with drought dominating headlines in England, a country not traditionally known for its lack of rain - news that caused considerable amusement over on the continent.
European legislation was the main driver behind changes in the waste and recycling sector during 2006, with the WEEE Directive taking centre stage.
When looking back on 2006 commentators may note that this was the year when environmental issues became mainstream, rather than a fringe concern beyond the interests of every day politics and economics.
The year saw climate change ascend the political agenda in the UK and internationally, its spectacular rise in the mainstream media and politicians' speeches unfortunately accompanied by an increase in global carbon emissions.
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