Fears about the future of UK environmental regulation and the legal oversight and case law on resources persist on the anniversary of the referendum that kicked off Brexit.
That’s according to Greener UK, a coalition of 13 major environmental organisations, which has published the first assessment from its Brexit Risk Tracker, a tool set up to reflect the risks to environmental policy throughout the Brexit process.
Major retailers Sainsbury’s and M&S have suspended their partnerships with food redistribution organisation The Real Junk Food Project over an investigation by West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service.
The government will hold a consultation later this year to consider how best to ban the tiny fragments of plastic used as exfoliants in cosmetic products, with the hope of finalising a ban sometime in 2017.
A broader definition for ‘biowaste’ and obligatory separate collection of organic waste should be included in a revised Circular Economy Package, according to the Bio-Based and Biodegradable Industries Association.
European Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella says that the implementation of the Circular Economy Package’s action plan is ‘on track’, but has warned that a progress report will not be carried out for another five years.