Issue : January 2018
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Unwrapping the plastic bag policy switchSubscription
The proposed extension of the 5p plastic bag charge to smaller retail outlets in England marks a big shift in the attitude of ministers
News round-up January 2018Subscription
Fine for WTN offence; National water refills; Recycling firm and Kier pollution offences; First AD scheme certification
Review of 2017 - DecemberSubscription
England’s recycling rate managed to rise after plateauing in recent years. The figures also meant that the country narrowly avoided being the ‘worst’ recycling nation.
Review of 2017 - NovemberSubscription
The grim record of the waste sector in terms of health and safety was a major theme in news reports in the last quarter of the year
Review of 2017 - SeptemberSubscription
After the summer recess, Defra’s watchdog, the Efra select committee, raced ahead, with Gove telling MPs that waste crime was the sector’s most urgent problem.
Review of 2017 - OctoberSubscription
Weeks after the industry had repeated calls for greater Government leadership, many were cheered by waste management policy announcements designed to make the UK “a world leader”.
Review of 2017 - JulySubscription
Research from Zero Waste Scotland suggested that councils in Scotland could save as much as £6.2m if a bottle deposit return scheme was introduced
Review of 2017 - AugustSubscription
Michael Gove injected new life into Defra’s delayed 25-year environment plan
Review of 2017 - MaySubscription
Big numbers were in the news, led by the ESA’s latest report into waste crime.
Review of 2017 - AprilSubscription
The national media showed considerable interest in ministers’ litter strategy.
Review of 2017 - JuneSubscription
The result of the General Election caused the full gamut of emotions and political responses but had little immediate impact on the waste sector
Review of 2017 - MarchSubscription
Fly-tipping was rarely far from the news in 2017
Review of 2017 - FebruarySubscription
Rather optimistically, as it transpired, MRW reported that this month had been notable for offering a clearer picture of how Brexit will affect the UK’s waste sector. Or, as we put it, “not crystal-clear, just clearer”.
Review of 2017 - JanuarySubscription
The first household recycling figures to show a decline were digested across the industry this month.
Fund to boost food charitiesSubscription
Food Waste Reduction Fund will be administered by WRAP
First steps to national materials databaseSubscription
Exclusive: Plan to put in the public domain data needed by industry to make investment decisions
Material Focus - Recovered paperSubscription
With no prospect of China revisiting its mixed paper import ban any time soon, many experts had been anticipating a nosedive in values for this grade
Big business grasps the nettle on responsibilitySubscription
Who should carry the can for the increasingly visible problem of packaging waste?
The UK has world-class waste management systems in place to tackle the vast majority of disposed items in the right ways
‘There will be casualties’ – sub-sector concernsSubscription
Concerns have been raised on EA’s fire prevention plan (FPP); warning there will be business casualties