Defra: ‘No legal reason why waste and recycling centres cannot be open’

Defra encourages councils to reopen their recycling services as ‘household waste recycling centres play an essential role to the economy’

Coronavirus pushes back ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds

Defra said the postponement is due to ‘disruptions to businesses caused by coronavirus pandemic’

Government offers £3m to tackle food waste during coronavirus crisis

Funds will benefit food organisations, which aim to cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus pandemic

Environment Bill moves a step closer to becoming law

The Bill aims to tackle the biggest environmental priorities and now progresses to the Committee stage for further scrutiny

Car exhaust smoke
Local authorities offered £2m to improve air quality

They can apply for projects including electric vehicle charging points, cycling infrastructure and developing local online air quality resources

Zac Goldsmith promoted to Defra minister

The announcement is part of Boris Johnson’s mini reshuffle to his ministerial team following Brexit-induced resignations

Farmers and landowners offered £2.5m for environmental projects

The funding is expected to support around 40 new groups to deliver large-scale environmental improvements in their areas over the next three years

Got an idea to reduce personal water consumption?

The government is proposing to introduce a personal target for water use

Brexit: Waste firms urged to review contingency plans in no-deal scenario

Changes to border controls could have an impact on some waste exports if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

British countryside
UK’s green watchdog ‘must have teeth, for the sake of the environment’

A House of Lords Committee has raised concerns regarding the implementation of the proposed Office for Environmental Protection