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Sustainable St Albans, Festival 2019: 'Zero Waste' events

Posted by hertswow on April 16, 2019 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Sustainable St Albans has timetabled the following 'Zero Waste' events for the annual Festival in June 2019, as follows.

"Saturday  11th May to Saturday 1st June 2019: 3 weeks of sustainability events across St Albans, Harpenden and the villages. ..." (https://sustainablestalbans.org/?mc_cid=760328719d&mc_eid=6582530541" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link)

Zero Waste: Mend and Repair

Go to an Upcycling and Repair FairMend

Swap crafting supplies

Learn how to mend your things

Recycle hand tools

Get your bike fixed at the Market Take-over

Zero Waste: Tackling Plastic and Litter

Plastic flower pot collection point

Plastic Free Shop

Join a plastic-free picnic in Harpenden

Go on a litter pick with other residents in Harpenden or St Albans

Help tidy up Wheathampstead

Go “plogging” in Redbourn


Public Health England: Report of Air Polluton

Posted by hertswow on March 28, 2019 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Guidance by Public Health England (PHE), published on 11th March 2019: "Improving outdoor air quality and health: review of interventions" - A comprehensive overview of actions that national and local government and others can take to improve air quality and health. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-outdoor-air-quality-and-health-review-of-interventions" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

"The report provides local practitioners and policy-makers with an indication of the broad range of interventions that can be used to address different problems, and which of those interventions may be worth considering further due to their potential health benefits. The report outlines principles for strategies and the future design and evaluation of interventions."

Herts. Minerals Local Plan consultation

Posted by hertswow on March 8, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Herts. Minerals Local Plan consultation ends on 2nd March:

We invite consultees to submit comments on the Regulation 19 Proposed Submission Minerals Local Plan document regarding the four tests of "soundness (PDF 141KB)" Opening in a new window.

.. over a ten week period starting at 9am on Monday 14 January 2019 and ending at 5pm on Friday 22 March 2019. Please ensure that responses reach us by the closing date.

https://tinyurl.com/yyxfa3pr

The county council would like as wide a response as possible to this stage of public engagement. We encourage interested parties to comment on the “soundness” of the Proposed Submission Minerals Plan document as well as comment on those sites which have not been identified as set out in the Omissions Document.

... consultees should consider whether the Plan:

provides a strategy to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs;

provides an appropriate strategy that takes account of reasonable alternatives and is based on proportionate evidence;

contains proposals that are deliverable over the Plan period; and

enables the delivery of sustainable development in line with national policy."

UK Consultations on Deposit Return Schemes, Extended Producer Responsibility and Consistency

Posted by hertswow on March 4, 2019 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Press release, 18th February 2019

"Government launches consultations to overhaul the waste system, cut plastic pollution, and move towards a more circular economy."

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-plans-to-overhaul-waste-system

 

Consultations on Deposit Return Schemes, Extended Producer Responsibility and Consistency

Reply by Monday 13th May 2019

Deposit Return Schemes:

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environment/introducing-a-deposit-return-scheme/

Extended Producer Responsibility:

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-quality/consultation-on-reforming-the-uk-packaging-produce/

Consistency:

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-quality/consultation-on-consistency-in-household-and-busin/

Environmental Permit issued

Posted by hertswow on February 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Environment Agency has now issued an environmental permit for a waste incinerator proposd by Veolia for Ratty's Lane, Hoddesdon, Herts.: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/en11-0rf-veolia-es-hertfordshire-limited-environmental-permit-issued?utm_source=29ab7080-d03b-4e62-9f25-8d936314f6f9&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

Permit number: EPR/SP3038DY.


Incinerator; PINS Inspector's report to MHCLG: timetable announced

Posted by hertswow on February 5, 2019 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Re: PLANNING AND COMPULSORY PURCHASE ACT 2004 SECTION 55 AND SCHEDULE

Application by Veolia ES (Hertfordshire) Ltd

Site Address: 2 Ratty's Lane, HODDESDON, Hertfordshire, EN11 0RF

Tim Salter of the Planning Inspectorate has just notified us that:

"The Inspector’s report has been sent to the Secretary of State for consideration ... a decision

will be issued on or before 7 May 2019."

Reminder: PINS Inspector's report to MHCLG:

Posted by hertswow on February 3, 2019 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Planning Inspectorate's Report on the Rattys Lane, Hoddesdon, incinerator proposal is expected  to be sent to the Secretary of State by 4th February.

Note, if registered for such notification: "You will be advised, following submission of the Inspector’s report to the Secretary of State, of the timetable set for the Secretary of State’s decision in accordance with the requirements of Schedule 2 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, where applicable."

A welcome message for 2019

Posted by hertswow on January 1, 2019 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (1)

+++ BEST WISHES FOR 2019! +++

Several of the items in this morning's Today programme were relevant to sustainable living, materials and waste, notably:

BBC Radio 4 Today programme, 08:20-08:23

Samantha Harding of CPRE explains about how much of the materials, especially plastics, that were exported to China are sent elsewhere or incinerated here in the UK.

Précis

"too much incineration ... at the bottom of the Waste Hierarchy ... quite rightly the last resort ... sending them up in flames when we can't use that resource again ... within England we've hit ... a ... plateau in our recyclyng rates ... our waste, which is actually of pretty poor quality ... big opportunity beginning with the Government's Resource & Waste Strategy ... 20 years after we introduced kerbside recycling, we're starting to have proper conversations ... We need to really improve our collection systems ... looking to reduce, looking to re-use and swapping in other types of materials for certain kinds of plastics.").

Environment Bill - draft clauses

Posted by hertswow on December 20, 2018 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)
Via Defra, the Environment Secretary has published draft clauses on "environmental principles and governance to be included in an ambitious, broader Environment Bill set for introduction next year. ...". These comprise:
  • Environmental principles 
  • The Office for Environmental Protection
  • The 25 Year Environment Plan

Core elements

www.gov.uk/government/news/new-environment-protections-set-out-in-flagship-bill--2

Herts. Waste Partnership is cited in the R&W Strategy

Posted by hertswow on December 19, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)
CONGRATULATIONS to the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership which has been recognised for its exemplary work in combatting fly-tipping on a planned and co-ordinated basis: 

Resources & Waste Strategy for England, 18th December 2018 (pages 90-91)

4.1.3 Launching a ‘fly-tipping toolkit’ 

"There are examples of good practice that can be drawn on, for example the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership which brought together a range of organisations to agree on a common approach to tackling fly-tipping and sharing intelligence, which saw an 18% fall in incidents between 2016/17 and 2017/18. Evidence suggests that a lack of knowledge and experience sharing is contributing to the problem. We will therefore create a ‘fly-tipping toolkit’, a web-based tool hosted by the National Fly-tipping Prevention Group to help tackle the issue.

It will cover:

  • How local authorities can set up and run an effective fly-tipping partnership;
  • How to use new technology to report fly-tipping;
  • Examples of existing good practice to prevent fly-tipping;
  • How to deal with fly-tipping associated with unauthorised encampments;
  • How to best share intelligence within a partnership and with other partnerships;
  • How to present robust cases to the courts to ensure tougher penalties;
  • How to best promote the duty of care for individuals and businesses."

See also Duncan Jones's comment via LinkedIn: 

www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6481105201607512064

A presentation about the National Fly Tipping  Group is available online:

http://www.tacklingflytipping.com/Documents/NFTPG-CaseStudies/FTG_-_NFTPG_-_28th_June_2018_(final)_(002).pptx

 



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