October 26th, 2018

Enforcement undertakings: does crime pay?

by Sam Taylor   In the four months from February to May this year, around £900,000 was paid to charitable causes by companies in recompense for environmental crimes. These types of payments, known as Enforcement Undertakings (EUs), allow offenders to avoid criminal prosecution by making amends through a civil route. Offenders make voluntary offers to […]


October 12th, 2018

Should horses run on tyres?

by Alice Thomson   Horses require year-round exercise even when the conditions outdoors disagree. It’s not that horses particularly mind a bit of mud, but difficult weather conditions can raise the risk of injury and limit options for exercise. The multimillion-pound equestrian industry has adopted technological solutions to address this problem, but those proving most […]


September 11th, 2018

Law in disorder: the Environment Agency and the waste hierarchy

by Peter Jones   Plenty of legislation is poorly written. Some is badly thought out, or pursues objectionable goals. But I’m only aware of one instance of legislation that is untrue. Laws rarely make statements of fact of the kind that can be true or false. For the most part, legislation: directs or forbids actions; […]


August 10th, 2018

Cash and carry: the missed opportunities of England’s plastic bag charge

by Iona Horton   There’s no doubt that England’s 5p plastic carrier bag charge has had an impact. We’ve all either been or seen the person who, on forgetting to bring a bag to the shops, refuses to pay for one and proceeds to cram their groceries into every available pocket. After some near escapes […]


August 3rd, 2018

Trenchcoat warfare: Burberry’s bad press on stock incineration

by Peter Jones   The Times sparked something of a furore when it reported earlier in the month that Burberry deliberately incinerates millions of pounds worth of unwanted stock each year. The story found its way onto the agendas of many other newspapers and broadcasters. Outrage abounded on Twitter, as it so often does, with […]


April 13th, 2017

A gas-tly mess?

by Mike Brown   As the UK’s landfill infrastructure rapidly approaches its retirement, this seismic change in how waste is managed is spitting out a range of issues that our current system is ill-suited to manage.  I’ve previously examined issues of how aftercare is funded, and the resilience challenges that a move away from landfill […]


December 16th, 2016

Guidance counselling: understanding fire prevention plans

by Sophie Crosswell   Since the introduction of the Environment Agency’s (EA) Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) Guidance, waste operators have been battling with the national approval panel to achieve the compliant plans needed for their new facilities.  Whilst July’s revised guidance went some way to clarifying the EA’s expectations and flexibility, gaining approval for a […]