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31 March 2025
Separation of Waste (England) Regulations 2024

These regulations support the introduction of separate waste collection requirements for businesses, households and certain non-domestic premises in England. Recyclable streams for separate collection are defined in advance of the separate collection duty coming into force. 

The separate collection duty is programmed to apply from 31 March 2025 for most businesses (31 March 2027 for micro businesses).

Despite the duties above, the draft Separation of Waste (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2024 (covered below) are expected to allow comingled collections of recyclable streams.

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31 August 2024
Draft Separation of Waste (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2024

The draft Separation of Waste (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2024 would allow organisations collecting waste in England and English waste collection authorities to collect plastic, paper and card, glass and metal recyclable wastes together in a single bin in all cases.

Waste collection authorities and other waste collectors will also be authorised to collect food and garden waste from domestic premises in one bin.

Residual wastes will continue to need to be collected separately to the above streams.

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01 April 2024
Management of Hedgerows (England) Regulations 2024

The Management of Hedgerows (England) Regulations 2024 protect hedgerows on land used for agriculture in England.

These protections reflect those previously in place under the EU Common Agricultural Policy.

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29 May 2026
Directive (EU) 2024/1275 on the Energy Performance of Buildings (Recast)

This Directive will revoke and replace the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU. The Directive is required to be transposed in all EU Member States by 29 May 2026.

Minimum energy performance targets will be applied, alongside targets on zero-emissions buildings and requirements on renovations. EU Member States will be required to ensure new buildings are designed to optimise solar energy generation potential. Solar energy installations will be required on certain new buildings by the dates set.

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21 May 2024
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) (Amendment) Order 2024

This order amended the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015. This legislation applies in England only. 

The amending order expanded permitted development rights to convert agricultural buildings into residential units.

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05 June 2024
Infrastructure (Wales) Act 2024

This Act will apply an updated, consolidated ‘significant infrastructure project’ consenting regime in Wales.

The 'significant infrastructure project' system will expand on and supersede the existing Welsh 'developments of national significance' regime, once brought in force.

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01 January 2028
Regulation (EU) 2024/1244 on Reporting Environmental Data from Industrial Installations

Regulation (EU) 2024/1244 will repeal and replace the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) Regulation (EC) No 166/2006. This Regulation will apply across the EU. 

Updated requirements will apply to reporting by installations, including data on water, energy and relevant raw material consumption. The European Commission is required to set up a new EU-wide Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (EU-PRTR) portal

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01 April 2025
Waste (Materials Facilities) (Scotland) Regulations 2024

These regulations will amend the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and the Waste Management Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

The amendments made will implement the 2024 Code of Practice on Sampling and Reporting at Materials Facilities through requirements on pollution prevention and control permit or waste management licence holders.

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