Waste firm to pay more than £30k after breaking law

A waste recycling firm and two of its directors have been ordered to pay more than £32,450 in fines and costs. Churngold Recycling, based in Bristol, illegally supplied thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste to a building site after claiming it had been treated. The firm, ran by John Barcham and Lee Phelan, removed hazardous waste […]

Animal protest makes a mess at fracking PR firm

Activists have staged an animal-themed invasion of a public relations firm to protest against fracking. Around 40 environmental campaigners from Reclaim the Power dressed as animals, threw leaves, spread manure and sprayed ink during the occupation of Bell Pottinger’s offices. The group said they targeted the firm because it previously helped protect Cuadrilla’s reputation following an earthquake allegedly […]

Greenpeace protests Coca Cola’s plastic pollution

Greenpeace activists have installed a plastic sculpture at Coca Cola’s offices to protest against ocean pollution. The environmental campaigners placed the 2.5 tonne model at the front doors of the company’s London headquarters in Wimpole Street this morning. They claim the action is necessary because the global firm is not taking meaningful action to stop the 100 […]

Waste criminal jailed for six months

A woman has been sentenced to six months imprisonment after storing waste illegally. Hull Crown Court ruled Nessa Anne Thompson of Thompson Waste Recycling Ltd put the Scunthorpe community and environment at risk. She pled guilty to two offences and was disqualified from being a director for a period of seven years. A waste site at Winterton […]

Waste criminal gets 15 months behind bars

A waste criminal has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and disqualified from managing companies for six years. Barry Kilroe was found to have run three waste sites unlawfully, after his actions resulted in the closure of the M60, polluted a river and blighted local communities. He pled guilty to 10 charges relating to […]

Amazon rainforest ‘could face unprecedented deforestation’

The Amazon rainforest could be at risk of unprecedented levels of deforestation. That’s according to Philip Fearnside, Professor at the National Amazon Research Institute, who says last year alone, more than 3,000 square miles of plants and trees were cut down. This is a 29% higher deforestation rate than the previous year. Brazilian President Michel Temer is currently trying to ease environmental protections in an […]

Government committees launch air quality inquiry

Four select committees have launched a joint inquiry on Britain’s air quality. MPs from the Environmental Audit, Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Health and Transport Committees have combined forces to scrutinise government plans to tackle urban pollution hotspots. The parliamentary groups are to hold four evidence sessions to consider mounting scientific evidence on the health and environmental impacts of harmful gases and […]

Illegal waste dumpers in Essex to pay £66k

The operator and the landowner of an illegal waste site in Essex have been ordered to pay a total of £66,493. Around 14,700 tonnes of soil was illegally stored behind a residential address in Great Horkesley, breaching a waste exemption and planning rules. George Dench pleaded guilty to running the illegal site and failing to comply with an […]

67% of Brits support fracking – only if it cuts energy bills

Two-thirds (67%) of people in the UK said they would support fracking if it delivered lower energy bills, a new survey has revealed. Following months of heated debate and protests against fracking plans by Cuadrilla at Balcombe in West Sussex, support for the controversial technique of extracting shale gas still exists. However, only 16% said […]