Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012

15 November 2013

These new regulations will increase recycling in Scotland and ensure that recyclable and recoverable materials are kept out of landfill.

Abolition of Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS)

15 November 2013

Under the Waste and Emissions Trading Act 2003, local authorities were assigned tradeable landfill allowances which permitted them to landfill a certain tonnage of biodegradable municipal waste each year. The purpose was to reduce the landfilling of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) so that the EU landfill diversion targets could be met.

Proposals published to change the definition of portable batteries

14 November 2013

In August 2013, Defra published proposals to change the definition of portable batteries. These are currently defined as batteries that can be carried by hand without difficulty. At present, some lead acid batteries weighing up to 10kg are regarded as portable, and contribute to the collection and recycling targets. Non-portable batteries – mainly automotive batteries — are not included in the target.

IED now in force

14 November 2013

Incinerators and other energy-from-waste facilities will be subject to the provisions of the Industrial Emissions Directive from 7 January 2014. The Environment Agency does not envisage major changes to existing permit conditions. Facilities previously regulated under Part A2, ie those with integrated permits issued by the local authority, are now regulated by the Environment Agency.

High cost of non-compliance with EPB Regulations cannot be ignored

12 November 2013

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has warned that non-compliance with the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations (EPB Regulations) has already cost taxpayers millions and is at risk of undermining green policies.