Tag: Defra

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Defra responds to consistency in recycling collections in England consultation

The UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has welcomed the response from Defra to the Consistency in Household and Business Recycling Collections in England consultation .

A satisfactory shake-up for waste?

Coming at the end of a year in which plastic waste has entered the public conversation like never before, the Government's new Waste & Resource strategy for England had a lot of ground to cover to elicit a positive response from the waste industry. This it appeared to do, with a few noteable caveats

Keeping an eye on nutrient levels

The science behind nutrient pollution in rivers is still poorly understood. Nitrate and phosphate concentrations in the UK's rivers are still at mostly unacceptable levels, although there is also uncertainty about what constitutes an acceptable level

WWEM conference focuses on priority pollutants

Laboratory analysts will congregate in Telford on 2 and 3 November to focus on the testing, monitoring and analysis of water, wastewater and environmental...

Taking containment to the next level

Paul Marsh reviews some recent developments in odour management for AD plants LOCAL resident complaints and planning application refusals have highlighted the potentially malodorous influence...

Water mentor wins funding

DEFRA has granted funding of £150k to a business network that is aimed at helping firms manage their water issues more effectively. The group,...
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North Wales AD plant is first to obtain ABP approval

LODGE Farm Biogas Limited, whose farm is home to Fre-energy’s first Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant, has become the first on-farm AD facility to have...
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Top award for wildlife consultancy

MACARTHUR Green, the ecological consultancy which provided key seabird advice for the £3bn Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, has won the Judges Award at the...
Aerial datasets are helping plan large scale restoration work in the Peak District national park.

Bluesky thinking – Firm assist moorland restoration

HIGH resolution aerial photomaps and laser-surveyed 3D terrain maps from Bluesky are being used to plan and implement vital moorland restoration work in England’s...
Local authorities may have freedom to deal with WEEE themselves, should they wish to benefit from any positive value

Harmonisation of packaging waste, WEEE and batteries welcomed

The UK government is to review proposals to harmonise the producer responsibility regimes for packaging, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and batteries –...

Defra and DECC budget cuts loom

Spending Review criticised for lack of detail The UK government Spending Review in late June inflicted a 10% cut on the Department for Environment, Food...
UK air quality improvements will likely depend on low-emission vehicle technologies like Hyundai's hydrogen-powered car

Something in the air? UK focus

European government's are struggling to address the issue of air quality in a way that is practical and meaningful. For the UK the problem...

It’s all about the timing says Defra

DEFRA has conceded that the time is not right to ban wood waste from landfill. Backing its stance, it said the amount of material...
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Standards affected by ‘weird‘ weather

MORE than 90% of England’s bathing waters meet the minimum European water quality standard with 58% complying with the tighter guideline standard following one...

£2m package is up in the air

A £2m package of air quality grants has been made by Defra to 36 local authorities in England which have demonstrated innovative measures to...
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Honour parade

THE work of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) was recognised in the New Year Honours List with 48 people receiving...

Taking care of precious assets

TEN small- to medium-sized companies are to carry out feasibility projects to help businesses safeguard future water supplies at home and abroad. The companies have...
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Handling the risk

A specialist group has welcomed the UK Government’s stance on brownfield development but has voiced concerns over the risk of increased legal challenges to...

Plastic option causing concern

THE British Plastics Federation has hit out at Defra’s preferred option to reduce the amount of plastic packaging going to landfill. The federation confirmed it...