Herts. WithOut Waste (HertsWOW)

Recycling and composting not disposal


You are welcome to sent notices and comments by email. Although direct posting to the Blog is not available due to earlier misuse by spammers. The HertsWOW team will check replies before they appear in the Blog, if appropriate.

view:  full / summary

Defra's consultation on Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)

Posted by hertswow on June 4, 2021 at 9:40 AM

We have submitted a response to Defra's consultation on Deposit Return Scheme (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deposit-refund_system" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">DRS):

    "Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland" (https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environment/consultation-on-introducing-a-drs/consultation/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link)

Our response is based on applying Defra's own draft Environmental Principles for policy-makinfg (https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-principles/draft-policy-statement/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link) to the DRS proposals and options.

Zero Waste Europe's MRBT video

Posted by hertswow on June 3, 2021 at 9:10 AM
"What is the best treatment option for the waste remaining after optimised separate collection?Discover it in our new video and learn how Material Recovery and Biological Treatment - #MRBT - can help us getting closer to a truly #circulareconomy."


Herts CC - WasteAware's FREE, OPEN seminar series

Posted by hertswow on May 24, 2021 at 7:00 PM

From 25th May to 3rd June 2021, the WasteAware team at Herts County Council are running this series of events: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/herts-wasteaware-33117850459" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

This series is part of St Albans SusFest21:


* "These events are brought to you as part of #SustFest21, a festival celebrating living sustainability and protecting the environment in Hertfordshire. Join us and others at the 150+ events online and in person at the fabulous #SustFest21 between 23rd May and 6th June." 



Note the different starting times.

Tue, 25 May 2021 10:00 BST

What’s in our bins? A look at Hertfordshire’s rubbish.

Wed, 26 May 2021 10:00 BST

Who dumps waste and what we’re doing about it: Reducing Flytipping in Herts

Wed, 26 May 2021 13:00 BST

Nappy Natter – an introduction to the fluffy world of Reusable Nappies

Thu, 27 May 2021 13:00 BST

Change the world in your lunchbreak: Easy tips for eco-friendly lunches

Fri, 28 May 2021 10:00 BST

Plastic Free Periods – Everything you want to know and more!

Thu, 3 Jun 2021 14:00 BST

Cutting edge of Food waste: Tips and tricks on reducing kitchen waste

Defra: legislation moving closer - and farther away

Posted by hertswow on March 30, 2021 at 10:20 AM

Changes to transform the waste and resources sector move a step closer. (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/landmark-reforms-to-boost-recycling-and-fight-plastic-pollution" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link)

From:Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, The Rt Hon George Eustice MP, and Rebecca Pow MP Published:24 March 2021


Unfortunately the deposit return scheme (DRS) has been put back to 2024!

HWP's End Destination Report for FY 2019-20

Posted by hertswow on March 26, 2021 at 7:55 AM
The Herts. Waste Partnership has published a concise report on where all of the waste streams collected separately  for re-use, recycling and composting arrive for processing:

"This is the first time the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (HWP) has attempted a detailed analysis of the fate of materials collected for reuse and recycling over a financial year (2019/20) by Hertfordshire’s Councils.
Accordingly, we are seeking feedback from stakeholders and other readers as to how this End Destinations Report might be developed in future years including the specific performance indicators likely to be most interesting and useful to HWP’s various audiences.
Therefore if you have views or questions about this report (or any other matter relating to the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership) please contact Duncan Jones, HWP Development Manager, by email [email protected]; or by post c/o Waste Management Unit, Ground Floor North East Block, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8DN"

Comment: Please bear in mind that these data and analyses are written from the perspective and within the purview of Hert. County Council. So e.g. 100% delivery to an end destination does not allow for wastage during processing at the destination, That factor is outside of HCC's control and data gathering activities.

Deposit Return Scheme consultation

Posted by hertswow on March 26, 2021 at 5:40 AM

c/o Defra: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environment/consultation-on-introducing-a-drs/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link:

"This consultation will run for 10 weeks. This is in line with the Cabinet Office’s ‘Consultation Principles’ which advises Government departments to adopt proportionate consultation procedures. The consultation opens on 24th March 2021. The consultation closes on 4 June 2021."

"... We therefore anticipate that the introduction of a deposit return scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland would be in late 2024 at the earliest. ..."

Further information




Defra consultation on Consultation on Environmental Principles

Posted by hertswow on March 17, 2021 at 1:20 PM
Consultation on the Draft Policy Statement on Environmental Principles: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-principles/draft-policy-statement/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

Opened on 10th Mar ch2021 - Closes on 2nd June 2021

"... The government is consulting on the draft policy statement on environmental principles which sets out how those five internationally recognised environmental principles should be interpreted and proportionately applied. ..."

TV Channel 4's Dispatches: harm caused by waste incineration

Posted by hertswow on March 2, 2021 at 3:45 PM

On Monday 8th March, from 8pm, Channel 4's Dispatches will air a programme about some of the harm caused by waste incineration.


Please use your social media accounts and email contacts to help promote 'The Dirty Truth About Your Rubbish', which Channel 4 describes as: "A look at how millions of tonnes of household recycling end up incinerated, hiking carbon emissions, with councils locked into long and expensive waste contracts".


The show is described in the Radio Times as follows:


"Environmental journalist Lucy Siegle investigates the rise of waste incineration in the UK, examining how millions of tonnes of waste left out for recycling ends up being burned. The rise in carbon emissions from incineration is put under the spotlight, with exclusive research revealing that it is on course to become the UK's dirtiest form of energy production. The programme also looks at how councils are locked into expensive contracts with incinerator operators forcing them to burn waste for decades to come."


We expect 'The Dirty Truth About Your Rubbish' will be of interest to MPs and Councillors as well as campaigners and residents.


See programme listing:



Social media posts to like and share:




BBC Panorama programme on fly tipping

Posted by hertswow on March 2, 2021 at 3:15 AM

Featuring Duncan Jones and Prof Margaret Bates: (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000slr9/panorama-rubbish-dump-britain" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link)

"Fly-tipping is a national problem that is ruining our towns and countryside. There are more than a million incidents each year of illegally dumped rubbish in the UK. So why are so few people prosecuted for damaging the places we love? Reporter Richard Bilton investigates a crime that affects us all and meets some of those who are fighting back against the fly-tippers."

Hertfordshire is featured, including cases of fly tippers from other counties illegally dumping waste loads here.

It also mentions the ClearWaste.com app for reporting etc. incidents of flytipping. (link)

An "improved legal precedent for assessing major energy projects on their climate impact"

Posted by hertswow on January 23, 2021 at 11:55 AM

"The UK Court of Appeal has upheld the planning approval for energy company Drax to build what would be Europe’s largest gas power plant at its site in North Yorkshire.


We first took the UK Government to court over the decision to approve the plant in November 2019. We argued that the Secretary of State’s approval was unlawful, based on a misunderstanding of energy planning policies and a misapplication of the planning act.


After a disappointing judgment from the High Court, we took the case to the Court of Appeal in November.


Despite today's ruling upholding the approval, the judgment has set an important and much improved legal precedent for assessing major energy projects on their climate impact.

. . ."