May 2018: New regulations

The latest guidance, consultations and legislation. 


29 March 2018 

Waste management

The Waste Enforcement (England and Wales) Regulations 2018 enhance powers to tackle illegal activity at waste sites, by giving waste regulation and waste collection authorities the power to require waste to be removed where it has been unlawfully kept or disposed of, including waste that was initially disposed of lawfully. 


29 March 2018

Energy information

The Energy Information (Amendment) Regulations 2018 make various amendments in order to implement changes in EU law. These include requirements on suppliers and dealers in relation to labelling and standard product information, along with enforcement powers.  


1 April 2018 


The Littering From Vehicles Outside London (Keepers: Civil Penalties) Regulations 2018 give powers to district councils in England to require the keeper of a vehicle to pay a fixed civil penalty if there is reason to believe that a littering offence has been committed from the vehicle.


1 April 2018 


The Scottish Landfill Tax (Standard Rate and Lower Rate) Order 2018 specifies the standard rate and lower rate for Scottish landfill tax for disposals from 1 April 2018. The standard rate is £88.95 and the lower rate is £2.80. 



28 February 2018

Water environment

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has produced revised guidance on the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR). This revision includes the changes to CAR as a result of the Water Environment (Miscellaneous) (Scotland) Regulations 2017. 


1 April 2018 

Emissions trading

The Environment Agency has developed statutory guidance, in accordance with its powers under the Environment Act 1995, which sets out charges related to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. It covers charges for installation and aircraft operators, registry users and for applications. 


1 April 2018 

Environmental permitting

The Environment Agency has published a new charging scheme for environmental permitting activities. The scheme allows the Agency to charge fees for activities covered by the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 under powers given to it by the Environment Act 1995. 



13 March 2018


Her Majesty’s Treasury is consulting on the possible introduction of charges or a specific tax system aimed at reducing the amount of single-use plastic waste produced to help to deliver the government’s 25-year Environment Plan. 

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