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Comment: using the web to understand legislation

This week, MRW joined the online revolution, offering an additional information service to the weekly magazine and other products we bring to the recycling and waste management industry.
We've taken a few years to develop the website, researching what our readers want from an online service. As a business-to-business product we will continue to cater for industry and business needs, building upon the last 93 years of publishing. We'll be running a rolling news service, breaking news as and when it happens. And as a result of our research, irritating pop-up adverts will not appear.
One of the extra services available on the website is a Legislation Forum. We are working closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) giving subscribers the opportunity to ask questions on different pieces of legislation.
The development of legislation and directives play a central part in this industry and there is a need for all to understand the direct impact of them. There are currently a number of directives in different stages of consultation, enquiries over compliance and how the legislation will actually work in practice.
The Legislation Forum will give you the opportunity to ask questions on legislation and directives to the relevant Government officials. We will look at different subjects each week and if there are areas that you wish us to cover let us know. We will forward the questions and post up the answers over future weeks.
In the next year, there will be a number of important regulations affecting the way the industry works and the how materials are dealt with. In the summer months we are expecting the implementation of the Hazardous Waste regulations and Waste Acceptance Criteria, as well as the Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment Directive.
Discussions are ongoing on the different aspects of the Clean Neighbourhood Bill and we should expect further details on the Batteries and Driver Training Directives over the forthcoming year.
We've started with the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS), which will be launched in England on April 1, 2005. Landfill allowance trading will be a new way of working for many waste disposal authorities but should allow authorities to make the best use of the waste management funding available to them. Over the next two weeks we have detailed a number of frequently asked questions and answers. But if you have any additional queries email them in and we'll find answers for you.
The Legislation Forum is just one of the additional online services we will be providing, other services will be added throughout the year.
If you have any other comments on the website, email us at

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