Planning applications for ‘environmentally-friendly’ waste management sites have dropped by 20 per cent in the past year as local authorities feel the squeeze from continuing budget cuts, according to commercial law firm EMW.
The European Commission is taking Romania to the European Court of Justice for failing to close and rehabilitate 68 illegal landfills, as the UK is warned over continued air quality breaches in 16 areas.
SUEZ, one of the country’s largest waste management companies, has backed a deposit-return scheme, after reports emerged this week that officials at the Defra had said it was ‘unlikely’ that such a system would be considered as part of a forthcoming national litter strategy.
There is a great risk of a ‘vacuum’ once the European Commission and European Court of Justice no longer have a role in the oversight and enforcement of environmental legislation, a House of Lords report has said.
The Renewable Energy Association says that EU figures revealing that the UK is lagging behind the rest of the EU on commitments to meet 2020 renewable energy targets should be a ‘wake-up call’ to the government on renewable policy.
The European Commission has called on member states to consider more carefully the waste hierarchy when looking at increasing incineration capacity and has suggested the phasing out of support for mixed waste incineration.