Environment Bill gets the green light

Yesterday marked the day that the Assembly Ministers pass the Environment Bill unanimously.

The Bill, which has been three years in the making, sets a target in Wales for emissions to be reduced by at least 80% by 2050.

Key highlights of the Bill include the following:

  • Forcing schools, hospitals and businesses to separate their waste for recycling by 2017.
  • Extending the 5p charges on supermarket carrier bags to “bags-for-life”.
  • A ban on food waste ending up in sewers – to prevent future “fatbergs” developing like that found in Mill Lane, Cardiff last year.
  • Natural Resources Wales now have a reporting role about how well we are looking after nature, land, water and air. This role will have a five-yearly report which will inform policy in Wales on the environment.

Despite the Bill being passed unanimously, opposition have said the Bill could have gone further and been more ambitious, especially with climate. Nevertheless, it is still a positive step in the right direction towards making Wales greener.

Aimee Thomas, Trainee Solictor