New Charging Scheme Revealed

Today we have seen the Environment Agency publish a new charging scheme. This covers regulatory permits and services they say will result in businesses covering the relevant costs as opposed to the public. 

The agency has said the new pricing structure will look to ensure “higher-risk or poor-performing businesses” will be charged more. The charges were announced following a consultation which ran from November 2017. After launching a consultation in November 2017 on the changes, the EA confirmed yesterday (March 21) that those put forward will all become effective as of 1 April 2018. This excludes changes to the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer responsibility charges, which come into effect in the new compliance year of January 1 2019.


Treasury to Work With Waste Industry on Plastic Tax

Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has been described as a ‘strong first step’ in terms of using taxes to reduce plastic waste, but waste experts have called for measures to encourage greater recycling of the material.

Mr Hammond announced a call for evidence on how changes to the tax system could be used to reduce the levels of single waste plastics. This comes after businesses in the plastics and waste sectors have called for measures that will drive greater recycling of the material. 

The consultation documentation states that government will seek to explore how changes to the tax system or charges could be used to reduce the amount of single-use plastics which end up as waste. The overall reaction to the launch of the consultation has been positive, some have questioned how a potential ‘tax on plastics’ could work in practice.

WEEE Targets to Be Reduced By DEFRA

It looks like WEEE collection targets set by DEFRA are to be lower in 2018 than last year.

The suggested reduction comes on the back of official statistics which showed that UK producer compliance schemes (PCSs) missed their target for 2017 by more than 15%, collecting a total of 522,901 tonnes of WEEE.

A provisional UK WEEE collection target for 2018 has been set at 532,818 tonnes, 9,917 tonnes higher than the total amount of household WEEE collected by PCSs last year. The possible 532,818 tonnes target for 2018 is also almost 100,000 tonnes lower than the 2017 target of 621,990. 

Compliance schemes will now have an opportunity to review the targets and respond before they are finalised.

Global Recycling Day

Global Recycling Day is to take place on Sunday 18th March this year and the Organisers of the event are looking for London local authority to help with the event. 

The organisers Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) are hoping it would allow them to “showcase the scale of what is possible, by using large bundles of recycled materials in a central location”.

The organisers also said the day differs to other recycling promotional events as it helps to provide “one unified approach to recycling” across the world.  Taking place for the first time this month, the event will join a range of other initiatives, including WRAP’s ‘Recycle Week’ which is entering its 15th year in September.

This year’s Recycle Week runs from 24-30 September.