Forty-four international environmental groups co-signed a demand yesterday (3 May) calling for the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius to order the immediate repatriation of Italian municipal waste that was illegally shipped to Tunisia last year.
Defra’s announcement that it is now illegal for businesses to supply plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds to customers has been heavily criticised by environmental charities for not going far enough.
The Environment Agency (EA) has announced that it will be increasing storage limits at waste transfer stations under its new standard rules permits, with details revealed in a consultation response document on Monday (24 August).
Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) has written to the Magistrates Association to call for stronger punishment for fly-tippers after the county spent £1 million cleaning up dumped waste and carrying out investigations.
The UK’s municipal recycling rate continues to sit well below those of leading European recycling nations such as Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, according to municipal waste data from Eurostat, although its recycling rate has improved slightly.
The European Suppliers of Waste-To-Energy Technology (ESWET) has released a policy briefing highlighting the need for any revision to the EU Waste Shipment Regulation to continue to allow the shipment of waste for energy recovery.