The Environment Bill

9 April 2020

Will the Environment Bill ever become law and what are the main amendments proposed by Parliament so far?

Chemicals in paper-based food packaging

30 March 2020

Our workplace cafeteria is moving away from single-use plastic on environmental grounds for takeaway foods, and was planning to replace plastic containers with paper, but now I hear that paper-based packaging can contain dangerous chemicals. Is this a real threat and if so, can we purchase safer alternatives?

Recyclable v biodegradable plastics

16 March 2020

Is it a good move to switch from recyclable plastic containers (for food, say) to compostable or biodegradable plastic containers?

Simple guidelines to encourage recycling

24 February 2020

We are an independent fast food takeaway with a fairly high turnover of young employees. Despite my best efforts, employees are failing to segregate out waste for recycling, claiming that they are too busy and find the system confusing. Can you suggest some simple guidelines?

Disposing of rat poison

21 February 2020

When moving into our current office premises we found a half-used tub of rat poison. How can we best dispose of this?

What is extended producer responsibility?

18 February 2020

What is extended producer responsibility (EPR), and how does it differ from the packaging and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) schemes that are already in force?

Refuse-derived fuel

11 February 2020

What exactly is RDF? Is it a secondary product or a waste? And is it available on the open market as a cheap renewable fuel?

Classifying hazardous waste

10 February 2020

We recently saw a report that the Environment Agency is concerned about incorrect classifications of hazardous waste. What are the errors it is picking up, and how can we avoid them?

Trade waste

6 February 2020

I run a small accountancy business with a couple of part-time employees. We produce very little waste — mostly paper, plus a small amount of food waste from our lunches. Do we really need to sign up for a trade waste collection? I have recently read of someone being prosecuted for putting out trade waste for the domestic collection.

The processing of secondary concrete

1 February 2020

Which regulations apply to the processing and sale of secondary aggregates? We have already been advised that we will need a Standard Environmental Permit to crush waste concrete in our factory. Will this secondary material still be regarded as a waste if we sell it to our customers? The concrete is inert and free of contamination.