In 2022/23 there were 42,000 large fly-tipping incidents in England alone. This cost hard-pressed local authorities £13.2 million (compared to £10.7 million the previous year) and created a threat to human health, wildlife habitats and the wider environment. Defined as being at least one tipper lorry load in size, large fly-tipping incidents also create a barrier to land development, improvement and restoration.

Air quality company EarthSense is developing a digital twin of Hatfield Business Park, a mixed-use business park populated by small companies, to drive behavioural change for cleaner air by tackling nitrogen oxides and particulates by 2030.

Bristol-based company Matter has launched Gulp, a washing machine microfibre filter, on Kickstarter. The company specialises in technology solutions for the capturing, harvesting and recycling of microplastics.

A Whitby-based conservationist, Joe Redfern, is claiming the threat of his legal proceedings has now resulted in a commitment from Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustace MP, to carry out further investigations into the cause of mass crab and lobster mortalities off the Teeside and Yorkshire Coast in 2021.

Latest sewage statistics show water companies in England and Wales are treading water on sewage pollution and the Government's Defra's plan just threatens more stagnation, state The Rivers Trust as they update their popular online maps to display how Combined Sewage Overflows (CSOs) are performing with raw sewage releases into your local waterways.

The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) yesterday agreed one of the most significant policies ever to protect the world from the plague of plastic pollution, a key campaigner for the treaty, The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), write:

The ecological food-web of freshwaters may be adversely affected as new research reveals swirling river waters can trap lightweight microplastics that otherwise might be expected to float – depositing them in riverbeds where it can take up to seven years to transport them just a kilometre further towards the ocean.

Drainage and wastewater specialist Lanes Group has been supporting firefighters and the Environment Agency as they dealt with the aftermath of a huge industrial blaze in Worcestershire close to an ecologically rich canal.

To mark Earth Day the Ocean Legacy Foundation have launched EPIC Academy - a free online educational platform providing communities with knowledge regarding ocean plastic pollution, cleanup efforts, and solutions for creating plastic-free environments.

Highways England has launched a study into whether surface water which runs off roads affects the level of microplastics in the environment.

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