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Surprise early ruling in Judicial Review

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The outcome of the Judicial Review into the separate collection of recyclables definition within the Waste Framework Directive came earlier than expected when the judge’s ruling, after only a few days consideration, means that councils can continue to operate commingled collections of recyclable material including paper, glass, plastic and metal –much the chagrin of some… Read more »

Judical Review decision on recyclables collection due ‘in weeks’

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A verdict on Defra’s interpretation of the Waste Framework Directive on commingled recycling collections is due within weeks, after the Judicial Review hearing at Cardiff Administrative Court ended. While the hearing had been scheduled to last four days it ended after only two after both sides had presented their cases to the judge who has… Read more »

Waste sector has ‘huge potential’

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In a recent address to waste industry delegates at the House of Commons the Recycling Minister, Lord de Mauley, said that the waste sector has “huge potential” to contribute to the UK’s economic recovery, by helping to secure vital raw materials for manufacturers. He said: “The resources sector has huge potential to contribute to the… Read more »

Meeting of Large Scale PV Working group

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Following the success of an earlier meeting in December the Solar Trade Association is hosting another event on Tuesday 29th January at the offices of Osborne Clarke in London from 10.30am to 1pm. DECC will attend this meeting to give a market update on the PV Strategy, the Renewables roadmap and an overall summary of… Read more »

Scrap metal cash ban comes into force

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A ban on cash payments for scrap metal at recyclers’ yards in England and Wales comes into force on 3rd December which means that payments for scrap metal must be made electronically or by cheque as payment by cash is now a criminal offence and can result in fines, with higher fines set out for… Read more »

Defra reveals timetable for cutting waste red tape

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Defra has published a detailed plan setting out when the government intends to improve a number of waste and other environmental regulations including WEEE. The ‘Red Tape Challenge- Environment Theme Implementation Plan’ emanates from the Red Tape Challenge which was launched by the Prime Minister in April 2011 and lays out the Department’s timetable for… Read more »

Eco Design and Energy Labelling for TVs

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The European Commission has sent out a discussion paper on the review of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations for televisions and on the draft Regulation on electronic displays, including computer monitors. To assist in developing the UK Government response, stakeholders are invited to send comments to efficient.products@defra.gsi.gov.uk, quoting “Television Working Document Comments” by Friday… Read more »

Producer responsibility regulations review

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A consultation on proposed amendments to the UK’s producer responsibility regulations is due to be launched in early 2013 in an attempt to achieve alignment and to reduce costs for businesses. The review will encompass the four PR regulations currently in place – covering packaging, end-of-life vehicle, WEEE and batteries. DEFRA has now published a… Read more »

ERA Conference 2012: Meeting the Technical and Regulatory Challenges

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ERA’s annual conference, now its fourteenth year, is planned for 14th-15th November and will attract delegates from a broad range of professions involved in compliance, design, quality assurance and the production and distribution of electrical and electronic equipment. The event promises to be stimulating targeting hot topics from the introduction of RoHS2 and future amendments… Read more »

Key findings of the Energy Using Products Study

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A recent study funded by DEFRA, DECC and the Energy Savings Trust, across 251 households, showed that: Domestic standby consumption is higher than previously estimated (9-16% not 5-10%) Refrigeration is the single biggest product energy user Single-person households use as much energy as families On average more than 6 hours of TV a day are… Read more »