The Chinese government has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that it will be introducing a 0.5 per cent contamination limit on imports of waste materials, higher than the original 0.3 per cent proposed in August, but some way below the current 1.5 per cent limit.
Resources Minister Therese Coffey says ‘ambitious’ recycling targets proposed by the EU could lead to ‘perverse actions’ being carried out to ensure enough waste is recycled, suggesting that Defra considered instructing residents to water their gardens to produce garden waste during this year’s relatively dry summer.
The Welsh Government has set the rates for its new devolved Landfill Disposals Tax, maintaining the UK’s standard rate but adding a new band for unauthorised disposals to provide a deterrent against waste crime.
The UK’s waste and resources sector has been upgraded to a ‘high risk’ environmental policy area on Greener UK’s Brexit Risk Tracker, as Defra admits that the UK is likely to miss 2020 recycling targets.
Waste associations have written to Resources Minister Therese Coffey calling on Defra to "take urgent action" to support the recycling industry following China’s ban on the import of all scrap plastics and unsorted waste paper.
Increased refurbishment and remanufacture in the European furniture sector could create up to 157,000 jobs and save around six million tonnes of CO2 emissions, according to a study by the European Environmental Bureau.
The UK public is becoming increasingly confused and frustrated with the lack of harmonisation between recycling collections and difficult-to-understand labelling, according to a new Viridor study released today.
Businesses from the Consumer Goods Forum and Champions 12.3 coalition have issued a call to action to simplify and standardise food date labels worldwide by 2020 in a bid to reduce food waste as Champions 12.3 releases a progress report on global efforts to reduce food waste.
The Health and Safety Executive has released its sector plan for increasing safety in the waste and recycling industry, identifying reducing fatal injuries from moving vehicles and incidence of musculoskeletal disorders and lung disease among employees as priorities.
The Trades Union Congress has supported an emergency motion condemning Birmingham City Council’s decision to go back on an Acas-brokered deal with Unite following the resignation of council leader John Clancy over his handling of the bin dispute.