Plastic and Glass Packaging Targets Consultation

plastic and glass packaging targetsDefra have today (26 November) published a consultation on changes to the Plastic and Glass packaging targets.

The consultation proposes options for revised targets for plastic packaging recycling business targets for 2016 & 2017 and new plastic and glass packaging targets for 2018-20.

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Black Friday: Make it a little greener!

black fridayThis Black Friday, we’re looking to make things a little greener by reminding those planning on replacing some of their everyday electrical items in the mega sales that their old electronic and electrical equipment needs to be disposed of properly.

If you haven’t heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – you might want to get clued up – and fast. Both are days of super sales which originated in the US to mark the start of Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving.

Retailers, including tech giants and electronics retailers, slash their prices meaning both rampage and chaos among the general public, and that there’s basically no better time to replace your dodgey office computers.

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Bonfire Night: Keep it green!

bonfire nightWe’re not the type to spoil the fun, but we are keen that, this Bonfire Night, you remember the environment as well as you remember the 5th November.

A few years back The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) stated that bonfire celebrations cause more Air Pollution than the country’s waste incinerators yearly emissions.

And while air pollution levels are generally low across the UK at the moment, Defra have predicted that tonight’s celebrations will lead to locally elevated levels.

So, with this in mind, we’ve put together a few top tips that will help you celebrate Bonfire Night in a more environmentally friendly way.

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Waste Batteries Regulations:First UK conviction

waste batteries regulationsIn July this year, Natural Resources Wales secured the first criminal conviction in the UK for a breach of the waste batteries regulations by a producer.

Mangar International Ltd are a multinational company who import and distribute bathing aids and are one of the largest battery producers in Wales, having placed more than 50 tonnes on the market over their period of non-compliance.

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WEEE compliance fee consultation live

weee compliance feeThe Department for Business, Innovation & Skills have published the details of the three methodologies that have been proposed for setting a WEEE compliance fee for 2015.

Earlier in the year, producer compliance schemes (PCSs) and stakeholders were invited to submit proposals outlining how the WEEE compliance fee should be calculated and administered.

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Wood Packaging Study Announced

wood packaging45WRAP have announced plans to undertake a study which will analyse wood packaging flows.

The announcement of the study comes after Phil Conran, chair of the Advisory Committee on Packaging, commented on the state of wood packaging recycling and its decreased recycling rate at the annual LARAC conference earlier in the month.

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Q3 Packaging Recycling Data (Provisional) Released

q3 recycled dataProvisional Q3 packaging recycling data released today (22 October 2015) by the EA.

As the last set of published data before the end of the compliance year, this publication is always eagerly awaited and even more so this year with so many materials still being quite tight in supply versus the demand obligation.

The data is still provisional however, and there are still quite a few reprocessors and exporters still to sign off their submitted data for the quarter.

*UPDATE 26/10/15Paper has increased by 8,785 tonnes and Plastic has increased by 3,608 tonnes. There are now only 8 Plastic reprocessors/exporters with outstanding data*

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Producer Responsibility Regimes Consultation Response

producer responsibility regimesA document that summarises the responses to the Government’s Producer Responsibility Regimes consultation which ran between 27 March and 22 May has been released.

The Producer Responsibility Regimes consultation sought to amend the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, the Producer Responsibility Obligation (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 and the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging WasteEa) Regulations.

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Employee of the Quarter (Q2)

employeeAs we near the end of each quarter of the year, all employees at Comply Direct vote for their Employee of the Quarter.

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ESOS deadline extended by EA

esos deadlineThe end of last week (8 October) saw the Environment Agency announce an extension on the ESOS deadline.

This announcement comes after a freedom of information request revealed in September that, with just over two months to go until the deadline, only 150 companies out of over 10,000 obligated companies were compliant with ESOS.

The number of compliant businesses has now risen, but still sits at just 375 businesses.

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