This update contains brief details ofGovernment and EU publications, legislation, cases and other developments in England and Wales relevant to those interested in municipal waste management, which have been published in January 2013.
This Update contains brief details of Government and EU publications, legislation, cases and other developments in England and Wales relevant to those interested in municipal waste management, which have been published in the past month.
Items are set out by subject, with a link to where the full document can be found on the internet. All links are correct at the date of publication.
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The following topics are covered in this update:
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European Commission: Review of the List of Restricted Substances under Directive RoHS 2 – Initial stakeholder consultation: the ROHS Directive 2002/95 restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). The EC is conducting a review of the restricted substances and has launched a consultation that aims to support the identification of hazardous substances used in EEE. The closing date for comments is 10 February 2013. (20 January 2013)
Detailed plans for public spending for the 2015/16 fiscal year
will be set out before Summer 2013, in line with the overall path
of deficit reduction which has already been set out to 2017/18.
Alongside the Mid Term Review, the Government has published its Mid-Term Review – Programme for Government Update, which provides details of the progress that has been made in implementing each of the commitments in the Programme for Government. It provides a snapshot of the work that has been done, up to the end of 2012. (7 January 2013)
European Commission: Report on the implementation of the EU waste legislation: reports on the implementation of seven pieces of EU legislation on waste over the period 2007-2009, based on information received from Member States. It covers the Waste Directive 2006/12, Hazardous Waste Directive 91/689 and Waste Oils Directive 75/439 (now superseded by the Waste Framework Directive 2008/98), Sewage Sludge Directive 86/278, Packaging Waste 94/62, Landfill Directive 1999/31, and the WEEE Directive 2002/96. It concludes that EU waste legislation has to a large extent been properly transposed into national legislation. The report includes an overview of EU waste legislation as at July 2012 and graphs comparing the generation and treatment of municipal waste in each Member State. (17 January 2013)
Cabinet Office: Significant boost to social
enterprises as the Social Value Act comes into force:
highlights the implications of the coming into force of the Public
Services (Social Value) Act 2012. The Act requires local
authorities and other commissioners of public services to consider
how their services can benefit people living in the local
community. The Act was brought into force on 31 January
2013 by SI 2012/3173 (C.124)). (31 January
For a summary of the Act, see our Alert: Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.
See also: Cabinet Office: The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 – Advice for commissioners and procurers (Procurement Policy Note 10/12): this PPN advises commissioners and procurers on how they must follow the 2012 Act and take it into account when considering procurements of certain types of services contracts and framework agreements. (7 January 2013)
WRAP: Bring recycling guide: “bring recycling sites” are areas in car parks and on streets, where local authorities or third parties provide containers for the public to deposit recyclable materials. This guidance has been designed to help local authorities improve the performance of such sites and ensure they are a valuable element of the overall recycling service that local authorities offer to residents. It describes how to review current bring recycling provision, including performance monitoring, to better inform future decisions about on bring recycling, as part of the overall service provided to residents. As well as the detailed guide, there are individual topic overview sheets and factsheets and a downloadable tool in Excel that has been designed to help users find relevant information. (11 January 2013)
WRAP: Decoupling of waste and economic indicators: the Waste Framework Directive 2008/98 requires Member States to develop waste prevention programmes by the end of 2013, with the aim of decoupling economic growth from the environmental impact associated with the generation of waste. This report seeks to investigate the key trends and drivers of waste arisings in the UK nations and the effectiveness of various waste prevention measures in reducing waste at the same time as facilitating economic growth. (9 January 2013)
Welsh Government: Site waste management plans: seeks views on proposals to make Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) a legal requirement for construction and demolition projects in Wales. It includes draft Site Waste Management Plans (Wales) Regulations 2013 and a draft Site Waste Management Plans (Fees and Charges) (Wales) Scheme 2013. The consultation closes on 25 April 2013. (31 January 2013)
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