The year started with anticipation of the forthcoming general election. Labour was forced to reject claims of “unfunded” spending commitments, including a ban on food waste to landfill, after a Conservative dossier claimed such a move would cost up to £477m in 2015-16.
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Urbaser Balfour Beatty won planning permission for its controversial £500m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant at Javelin Park in Gloucestershire after communities secretary Eric Pickles upheld its appeal against the local authority’s refusal of planning permission. The delay ultimately cost the council an extra £17m in compensation in November.
The European Commission said it intended to replace an existing proposal on the circular economy (CE) with “more ambitious plans” which would be drafted by the end of the year.
Ahead of a meeting with waste management and local government, Defra played down suggestions that it had conceded the UK was unlikely to hit the 2020 target for recycling household waste.
The Environment Agency (EA) launched a consultation on new rules requiring operators storing combustible waste material to implement a fire prevention plan following concerns of an “unacceptable number” of fires.
The funeral was held for three members of the same family who died in the Glasgow bin lorry crash on 22 December 2014.
“This is not labour’s policy – it was not agreed at labour’s national policy forum in July 2014 and is not in the national policy forum document”
A pre-election party spokesman on banning food from landfill