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The EA has confirmed that it does not have the resources needed to respond to all environmental incidents

The EA has confirmed that it does not have the resources needed to respond to all environmental incidents. Instead, the regulator will focus on areas that pose a significant risk to people or wildlife.

In a blog post, the EA’s chief executive – Sir James Bevan – explains why this is the case. Reasoning that the demands placed upon the Agency have outpaced its budget over the last few years.

A second consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging is now live

A second consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging is now live. The Consultation Document focuses on specific policy proposals for its introduction, including the scope of full net costs, producer obligations, scheme governance, regulation of the scheme, and packaging waste recycling targets.

Defra aims to create a scheme that incentivises producers to design packaging that is easy to recycle and ensure that they pay the full net cost of managing this packaging once it becomes waste.

The packaging changes are being developed on a UK-wide basis, while the DRS will cover England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A separate scheme is already under way in Scotland.

Government hopes these reforms will boost recycling, tackle plastic pollution and reduce litter in what it’s calling an ‘overhaul’ the waste and resources sector.

The powers in the Government’s Environment Bill set out to make manufacturers more responsible for the packaging they produce and incentivise consumers to recycle more.

EA National Waste Crime survey

Currently, the EA has a survey running on how regulation can be used to combat waste crime. The Agency is keen to hear from those who have experienced “significant inconvenience or financial implications” from waste crime. The deadline for responses is March 22nd.

Environmental Permitting Regulation survey

Defra is currently hosting a survey on whether the Environmental Permitting Regulations are achieving the desired benefits. They want to know if you believe the EPR regs reduce administrative burdens, simplify and standardise regulation, deliver permitting effectively and efficiently and protect the environment. The survey is live until March 14th.