Following news that the 2017 collection target for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) was missed by almost 100,000 tonnes, the government has proposed reducing 2018 targets by 14 per cent, triggering dismay from the industry.
The LGA has called for more manufacturers to provide take-back services for furniture and mattresses after Defra announced that cash-strapped local authorities spent an estimated £57.7 million on clearing up fly-tipping in 2016/17.
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.
BBC favourite Reggie Yates sheds light on the issue of illegal electronic waste dumping by spending a week at a toxic waste dump in Agbogbloshie, Ghana, as part of his documentary series, ‘The Insider.’
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.
A gang of four men have been handed a combined sentence of 32 years for human trafficking and exploitation offences after forcing Polish workers to work long hours for low pay in poor conditions in recycling plants in the North East.
Waste crime in England is costing £604 million a year in losses to the waste industry and the taxpayer, and the ESA says that tighter regulation is needed to stop waste criminals currently flouting the system unimpeded.