Definition of “portable” battery – consultation response

The Government has published its response to the consultation on the meaning of “portable” in the official guidance to the 2009 Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations. This definition had previously caused some problems as it relied on an ambiguous statement – a battery that “can be hand-carried by an average person without difficulty”.  The response confirms that the guidance will be amended to define a portable battery in terms of weight as being 4Kg or less. It is hoped that the change … Continued

Provisional Q3 packaging data published

Quarter three packaging figures have been published on the National Packaging Waste Database site. As is often the case, the figures are, at this stage, provisional as not all returns have been made and the reports will be updated as necessary until Mid-November when the monthly analysis of the figures will be published. Paper has performed as expected and the figures show that the 2015 requirement has already been exceeded. However, the other materials, and overall recovery and recycling, are … Continued

New F-Gas Guidance

The British Refrigeration Association (BRA) have issued new guidance on how businesses involved in the design, manufacture and supply of refrigeration equipment can comply with the 2014 EU Regulation on Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (F-Gas Regulation) that came into force across Europe on 1 Janaury 2015. The Regulation, which is binding in all EU Member States without further legal transposition, bans refrigerant gases with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 2500 or more from use in new equipment or for servicing … Continued

Circular Economy – Details expected 2 December 2015

Speaking to delegates at the Scottish Resources Conference in Glasgow today, Kestutis Sadauskas – director of the Green Economy section of the EU Directorate-General for Environment – stated that details of the revised EU Circular Economy package would be released on December 2nd. Previous proposals for an EU strategy were withdrawn last year following criticism of too great an emphasis on waste management. A consultation followed, running from May to August this year, and Mr Sadauskas revealed that responses to that consultation had highlighted … Continued