UK Waste and Recycling News Round Up - September 2018

Welcome to our monthly news round up. This month we are reporting on a variety of topics including the Environment Agencies response to a Government consultation by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in preparation for the UK's exit from the European Union. Also Material Recycling World (MRW) report on a call from the Environmental Services Association (ESA) to develop alternative methods for the measurement of waste to replace weight based measurements.

Response to Defra Consultation

The Environment Agency gives its reaction to the government's consultation of Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) in the run up the United Kingdom's exit of the European Union. Key points raised include EA's beliefs that the new arrangements will help protect and enhance the environment for future generations and its support of an independent body that will hold the government to account in environmental matters after Brexit.


ESA calls for end to weight-based targets

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has stated in a report that alternative methods for the measurement of waste must be introduced to replace weight-based measurements. The report says a carbon metric for some materials would "link better with the natural capital approach being pursued by Defra". ESA executive director, Jacob Halyler gives his opinion on the scope of alternatives anmd data monitoring to aid future material stream capture targets.


Conference puts spotlight on health and safety in waste

A one-day conference is being organised this Autumn by leading independent waste management publication Lets Recycle in order to debate health and safety issues in the recycling industry. The article outlines key speakers at the conference being held at Leicester's Stamford Court. Issues covered will include best practice, future developments, legislation updates, recent breaches and behavioural safety.


Poland to send back 1,000 tonnes of illegal waste to UK

Polish authorities are in talks with the Environmental Agency about returning 1,000 tonnes of UK waste back to the United Kingdom due to illegal shipping. 45 shipping containers were intercepted at Port Gdynia located on the west coast of the country on the Baltic Sea. The containers were said to contain boxes, tins, detergent packaging and engine oil.


Material quality for MRF's hits low point

A report on WRAP's Materials Facility Reporting Portal in August states the quality of materials received at England's MRFs for the first quarter of 2018 is the lowest ever recorded. Only 84.9% of materials received was of 'target material' slightly lower than the 85.6% in Q4 of 2017. The lowest figures that have been recorded since 2014.


China Crisis: Mixed recyclables ban

Business Development Manager at environmental consultancy SWRnewstar gives his opinion on China's mixed recyclables ban and the major repercussions it will have for the UK's waste management industry. Including the ethical responsibilities of UK companies to ensure the correct segregation of waste wherever possible.