Statistics published by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) last week (25th September) have sparked concern over the progress that England is making towards meeting the EU recycling target of 50% by 2020.
Defra’s summary of waste statistics from the 2010 – 2012 period has highlighted England’s slow progress towards satisfying the 2020 recycling target with only a minor increase from 2011’s recycling rate of 42.9% to 43.9% in 2012.
Posted in Environment, Legislation, Recycling, Recycling targets
Tagged Biodegradable municipal waste, BMW, DEFRA, England, EU recycling targets, Household waste, recycling targets, targets, Viridor, Wales, zero waste to landfill
Defra amend Plastic packaging recycling estimations after study reveals ‘better than expected’ results.
A study commissioned by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to reassess the amount of Plastic Packaging placed on the market in 2013 has proven that the UK remains consistent in working towards EU plastic packaging recycling targets. Continue reading
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) will carry with its reporting mandate some hefty penalties for non-compliance.
General media reports have so far provided a wide spectrum of information ESOS but after surveying a number of incumbent organisations it has become apparent to Comply Direct that few are aware of the penalties involved in the new Mandatory Energy Audit scheme.
Comply Direct’s carbon and energy manager, Baishakhi Sengupta explores… Continue reading
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) last week (19 August) released an outline in their 2014 manifesto for a split PRN target which could radicalise the PRN system in the UK.
The Recycling Group of the BPF suggested a proposal for the reform of the PRN system where different PRN targets would be established for plastic packaging recycled in the UK and that exported overseas. Continue reading
Posted in Comply Direct, Packaging, PRN, Recycling, Waste
Tagged BPF PRN system, British Plastics Federation, packaging compliance, packaging recovery note, plastic recycling targets, recycling targets, Split PRN Targets
As Comply Direct prepare for the launch of our Carbon and Energy Management application for sustainable hotels, Sales Manager Sarah Foster travels to Finland to meet the developers.
The sustainable hotels tool is an application bespoke for the hotels industry and new to the UK market which guarantees accurate measurement, tracking and reporting of carbon emissions and energy use and allows hotels to engage staff and guests. Continue reading
Posted in Carbon, Comply Direct, Energy, Hotels, Sustainability
Tagged carbon emissions, Carbon emissions Reporting, carbon management software, cloud application, Comply Direct, Energy Use reporting, hotel management, reduce carbons, Sustainable Hotels
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have released a reminder to WEEE compliance schemes regarding WEEE compliance fee proposals.
Compliance schemes have until 30 September to submit any proposals outlining how the WEEE compliance fee should be calculated and administered to BIS. Continue reading
Data published by DEFRA (7 August) indicates an increase in the total amount of waste collected and recycled by local authorities in 2013.
The data provides statistics for the third quarter of 2012/13 and indicates that 42.7% of waste was recycled or composted by local authorities, a figure slightly higher than the recycling rate from the same quarter in the previous year (41.5%). Continue reading
The BIS have launched a consultation seeking views on the implementation of the amended batteries Directive 2013/56/EU, the results of which could impact cordless power tool (CPT) producers.
EU Directive (2006/66/EC) was introduced to improve the environmental performance of batteries and accumulators and to minimise the impact that waste batteries and accumulators have on the environment.
Posted in Batteries, Comply Direct, Legislation
Tagged Batteries, Batteries Regulations, Battery Back, BIS, Comply Direct, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, producer compliance scheme, producer responsibility requirements, Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009
ESOS, the energy saving scheme for business is due to be launched in the UK.
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme aims to ensure that large UK businesses are more energy efficient and is predicted to save businesses a minimum of £250million in energy costs by 2016, and as much as £1.6billion by 2030. Continue reading
Posted in Comply Direct, Energy, Environment, ESOS, Legislation, Sustainability
Tagged compliance, DECC, Energy, Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, ESOS, EU, EU Energy Efficiency Directive, ISO 50001, Legislation, sustainability