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Transfer of private sewers will free customers from unexpected repair bills

Surprise bills, which can run into tens of thousands of pounds, to repair broken, blocked or damaged sewers will no longer catch out water customers after changes being introduced today by Environment Minister Richard Benyon.

Page published: 1 July 2011 | News, Press releases

New rules mean it will be easier and cheaper to travel abroad with pets

It will become cheaper and easier to travel abroad with pets when new rules are introduced at the start of next year.

Page published: 30 June 2011 | Press releases


Game Set and Match to Strawberry Scientists

Come rain or shine British strawberries will continue to star at Wimbledon thanks to a Defra-funded project to develop a climate change resistant variety.

Page published: 28 June 2011 | News, Press releases

Britain signs groundbreaking international wildlife treaty

Britain today signed an international treaty that will create new incentives to protect wildlife while providing developing countries with better opportunities to benefit from their own natural environments.

Page last modified: 28 June 2011 | Press releases


Scales that tell tales

The lifestory of Atlantic salmon is kept as a permanent record in their scales and could help efforts to protect future fish stocks, Defra-funded research has found.

Page published: 23 June 2011 | News, Press releases

New waste deal will cut business costs and improve services

Family-run restaurants and independent shops will be able to save money and access better recycling under a new deal between Government and the waste industry, Environment Minister Lord Henley announced today.

Page last modified: 29 June 2011 | Press releases

Jim Paice: sky lanterns are causing problems in the countryside

People should think twice about using sky lanterns at celebrations this summer because they are causing problems in the countryside, Agriculture Minister Jim Paice said.

Page last modified: 20 June 2011 | News, Press releases

Dragon’s Den-style call for creative recycling bids

Innovative local solutions to accelerate recycling rates and reward people for doing the right thing will be given a Dragon’s Den-style kick start under plans outlined by Lord Henley today.

Page last modified: 20 June 2011 | News, Press releases

Let them eat hake, Government takes lead in buying sustainable fish

All fish served in Government departments and their agencies will come from sustainable sources, through the new Government Buying Standards announced today.

Page published: 16 June 2011 | News, Press releases

Plans for a zero waste economy launched

Plans to help people to do the right thing by reducing waste and increase recycling at home, on the move or as part of their business have been unveiled today as the Government announced the results of its comprehensive review of waste.

Page last modified: 27 June 2011 | Press releases