New regulations: December



4 December 2020 


The Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 make various amendments to update references to EU legislation, change the date on which landfill operators must refuse to accept biodegradable municipal waste and require taking into account good practices when separately collecting waste oils.


Air quality

1 May 2021


The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 place restrictions on the sale of wet wood for domestic burning and limits on the emission of sulphur and smoke from manufactured solid fuels. It also phases out the sale of traditional house coal.



2 November 2020

Northern Ireland

The Planning Act 2011 (Review) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 set out terms of the review on how well the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 has met its objectives. This review was required three years after the Act had come into force, with subsequent reviews every five years.





2 November 2020

Northern Ireland

Guidance has been produced by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on carrier bags charging legislation in Northern Ireland. The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 have been 
in force since 8 April 2013, with a 20p levy now in place on all carrier bags.



30 October 2020

Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Prevention New Guidance for Pollution Prevention (GPP1) aims to provide general information on preventing pollution 
to ensure legal compliance, reduce costs and appropriately manage risks.




Energy conservation

14 October 2020

England, Wales and Scotland

A now-closed consultation sought views on proposals to extend the Warm Home Discount Scheme from 2021 to 2022, along with some minor changes. The Warm Home Discount Regulations 2011 come to an end in March 2021. These proposals extend the scheme for one year.


Plastic waste

12 October 2020


The Scottish government is seeking views on the introduction of new legislation to restrict the sale or commercial supply of plastic plates, plastic straws, plastic cutlery, polystyrene food and drink containers, plastic balloon sticks and products made from oxo-degradable plastics.



3 November 2020


Defra is consulting on three policy options that give the greatest ammonia emission reductions from regulating the use or sale of solid urea fertilisers. These include an outright ban, the use of urease inhibitors, or restrictions on spreading.



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