Workplace Recycling Regulations

What are they? The Workplace Recycling Regulations are a piece of new legislation passed by the Welsh Government that will make it a legal responsibility for all private, public, and third-sector workplaces to separate waste into recyclable fractions and arrange for the separate collection of each fraction. From the 6th April companies will need to […]

Exciting News – FREE Virtual CPD Sessions!

Exciting News – FREE Virtual CPD Sessions!

Exciting News – FREE Virtual CPD Sessions! For two Fridays in April, 19th & 26th, WPS is offering FREE CPD sessions as follows: 19th April: Waste Legislation for Construction This session will address key areas of legislation and updates, to ensure your ongoing   compliance with waste legislation. 26th April: Circular Economy for Construction This session […]

Climate Change Risk Assessments for Permitted Sites – Are you prepared?

Climate Change Risk Assessments for Permitted Sites - Are you prepared?

Do you hold an environmental permit? All regulated facilities that hold an environmental permit issued by the Environment Agency are required to integrate climate change adaptation planning into their management systems and complete a Climate Change Risk Assessment. If your permit was issued: On or after 1 April 2023 – Integrate climate change adaptation planning […]

UPDATE – Developing a Management System: Environmental Permits Guidance

UPDATE - Developing a Management System: Environmental Permits Guidance

Introduction: Developing a management system and keeping it up to date in order to carry out activities under an environmental permit, is a requirement by the UK Government. The Guidance was originally published in 2016 but was updated in 2023 by the Environment Agency. A written management system describes what will be done to minimise […]

UK on Track to Hit WEEE Targets

UK on Track to Hit WEEE Targets graphic is green and depicts a recycling process

UK on Track to Hit WEEE Targets Defra have published data that indicates that the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) targets for the first three quarters of 2023 are set to be achieved for the first time in six years. The UK have collected 359,289 tonnes of WEEE from January to September, with an […]

Net-Zero Cement (EvoZero)

Net-Zero Cement (EvoZero) picture shows a hand smoothing cement

Net-Zero Cement (EvoZero) The world’s first carbon captured net-zero cement has been launched by Heidelberg Materials. Their cement plant in Brevik, Norway is currently building a carbon capture and storage system (CCS), which allows the cement produced to be labelled as net zero carbon. All the cement produced across Europe can be called net zero¹. […]

Timber Construction

Timber Construction image shows a pile of fresh cut logs

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) have stated that utilising timber in construction will have a considerable impact on reducing emissions from buildings. In the UK, 80% of the timber being used is imported; Defra wants the UK to rely less on imports but construct more with timber. The Timber in Construction […]

Unlimited Financial Penalties for Environmental Offences

Unlimited Financial Penalties for Environmental Offences

“Polluters must always pay”. Department for Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs (Defra) have announced changes to the Variable Monetary Penalties (VMPs), which are civil sanctions that are issued by the Environment Agency (EA). These sanctions are sent to companies and individuals who have breached their permits and have polluted the environment. The range of offences […]

New Waste Reforms – Defra’s Simpler Recycling

New Waste Reforms - Defra’s Simpler Recycling image shows waste disposal workers emptying recycling bins

New Waste Reforms – Defra’s Simpler Recycling What does this mean? The Government has revealed its ‘Simpler Recycling Plan’ for England. Under these plans, new waste reforms are being pushed to help with the Government’s net zero goal. In October and November 2023, DEFRA and the Government have announced an update on the scheme. What […]

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