Environmental Policy

Welsh Government: Increasing recycling by businesses

The legislation will:

  • Require the occupiers of non-domestic premises to present certain recyclable materials for collection separately
  • Ban certain separately collected recyclable materials from incineration and landfill
  • Ban the disposal of food waste to sewer from business premises
  • Make civil sanctions available for associated criminal offences.
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House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee: Environment Bill Inquiry

The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee has opened an inquiry the Environment Bill to help "ensure that we maintain and improve our environmental protections as we leave the EU".  They are seeking written submission on multiple questions, including: “Does the Environment Bill meet the Government's commitment to non-regression from EU environmental standards?  Does the Environment Bill meet the Government's commitment to non-regression from EU environmental standards?”

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DEFRA: Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

DEFRA want to know what you think about proposals to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This would include drinks containers such as:

  • glass bottles
  • plastic bottles
  • cans

The cost of the deposit would be added to the price of the drinks included in the scheme when they are purchased. This deposit would be redeemed when consumers return their empty drinks containers to a designated return point.

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DEFRA: Consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system

This consultation seeks views on measures to reduce the amount of unnecessary and difficult to recycle packaging and increase the amount of packaging that can and is recycled, through reforms to the packaging producer responsibility regulations. It also proposes that the full net costs of managing packaging waste are placed on those businesses who use packaging and who are best placed to influence its design. This is consistent with the polluter pays principle and the concept of extended producer responsibility.

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DEFRA: Plastic packaging tax

The consultation outlines the government’s proposal for how the tax will work and contains a number of questions relating to this. For example, which packaging should be in scope of the tax, how to assess recycled content, and which businesses will be liable for the tax. The government is open to views on the best design options.

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DEFRA: Consultation on the proposal to extend the Single-use Plastic bag charge to all retailers and to increase the minimum charge to 10p

The purpose of this consultation is to find out what you think about plans to extend the Single-use Carrier Bag Charge to all retailers. The Government also want to know what you think about increasing the minimum charge to 10p.

These changes will build on the success of the existing Single Use Carrier Bags charge in reducing the effect of plastic bags in the environment.

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