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01 April 2024
The Waste Enforcement (Fixed Penalty Receipts) (Amendment) (England And Wales) Regulations 2024

Amendments by these regulations ring-fence funds raised by fixed penalty notices for certain waste and littering offences.

The funds raised must be used by councils to finance enforcement, land restoration or the clean-up of litter or fly-tipping.

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03 March 2025
Regulation (EU) 2024/590 on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

This Regulation will repeal and replace the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009. Most of the duties remain unchanged.

The regime is extended to cover the storage and subsequent supply of ozone-depleting substances. Requirements are also applied on the removal of foam panels and laminated boards by building owners and contractors.

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01 April 2024
Landfill Disposals Tax (Tax Rates) (Amendment) and Tax Collection and Management (Wales) Act 2016 (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 2024

These regulations increased the rates of landfill tax payable on disposals to landfill in Wales.

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21 March 2024
Energy-Intensive Industry Electricity Support Payments and Levy Regulations 2024

These regulations will provide further relief against network charging costs for companies in energy intensive industry sectors.

This will reduce the cost of electricity for companies in sectors such as steel, brick, tile, construction product, oil, glass or paper manufacturing.

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01 October 2027
Delayed deposit return scheme for drinks containers

The introduction of a UK-wide deposit return scheme for drinks containers has been pushed back to October 2027. The scheme was previously due to operate from 1 October 2025. 

The UK government has also stated that the scheme will only concern PET bottles, steel and aluminium cans.

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10 May 2024
Merchant Shipping (Anti-Fouling Systems) Regulations 2024

These regulations revoke and replace assimilated Regulation (EC) No 782/2003 on the prohibition of organotin compounds on ships and the Merchant Shipping (Anti-Fouling Systems) Regulations 2009.

Updated requirements are applied on ship anti-fouling systems, reflecting international convention requirements. The amended version of the convention prohibits the use of anti-fouling systems containing cybutryne.

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08 May 2024
Boiler Upgrade Scheme (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024

These regulations amend the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (England and Wales) Regulations 2022 to update rules for the boiler upgrade scheme, which offers grants to install heat pumps and biomass boilers. The scheme has been extended to 31 March 2028.

Eligibility rules are updated, including increasing the maximum eligible capacity of ground source heat pumps with a shared group loop from 45kW to 300kW thermal.

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24 May 2024
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2024

This order amends the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 to expand permitted development rights in Scotland.

More types of development may be undertaken without planning permission, including certain domestic and non-domestic renewable installations, further types of window replacement and work on electricity network infrastructure by electricity undertakers. More restrictive conditions are applied on solar canopy developments in off-street parking areas.

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