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Materials Recycling World
1 October 2004

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  • £10m star-studded national campaign goes for recycling gold

    By Paul SandersonEnglands first ever national communications campaign to encourage recycling kicked off this week with TV adverts and celebrity backing.Animated adverts featuring the voice of comedian Eddie Izzard were broadcast first during commercial breaks on GMTV on Monday morning for the £10 million Recycle Now campaign. Additionally, the commercials can be found on ITV in certain regions, Channel 4, Five and satellite and cable ch
  • Alcan spin off

    Aluminium company Alcan is spinning off its aluminium rolled-products business and giving it the name Novelis.Pending Canadian government and shareholder approval, the new company will begin operating from January 1, 2005.It will become the worlds largest aluminium rolled-products company based on revenues of $6.2 billion.Rick Hindley, UK national manager of Alcan Rolled Products, said: The strategy will be the same, as will the team. It is good news for the c
  • Are organised fly-tipping gangsters defeating the Environment Agency

    By Greg PitcherCriminal gangs are increasingly turning to fly-tipping as a lucrative money earner, according to a new report by the the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science.Highly sophisticated criminals are targeting building sites, roads, farms, fields and electricity sites to dump construction and demolition waste.The offenders use a variety of techniques including the use of scouts who identify suitable locations, break locks on sites and charge hauliers
  • China will up paper standards

    Quality will become increasingly important for recovered paper collections as China gets tougher on what it will accept, according to PaperChain.Chairman Geoff Hill told delegates at a Recycling and Waste Management exhibition seminar that the Asian nation would continue to buy more fibre but would demand a better standard.Waste paper collections are growing as local authorities work towards challenging recycling and recovery targets.But with UK mills taking j
  • Consortium promises rapid expansion

    The End User Consortium, a group of materials reprocessors, told local authorities at this years RWM exhibition that it can provide them with a rapid expansion of their recycling infrastructure.The only proviso is that councils hand over all of their recyclate to each of the consortiums five members if signing up to the one-stop solution. Garth Ward (pictured, left), recycling coordinator for member company Salvation Army Trading, said local authorities must approach the consortium a
  • Construction Call

    Construction callThe Irish government has called for new and innovative measures from the construction industry to hit an 85% recycling target by 2013. Around 65% of construction waste was recovered in 2001. Ireland this week became the first country in the EU to apply for a voluntary approach to the issue.
  • Education, education, education

    Among the deals being signed and the products being launched, the Recycling and Waste Management exhibition was a time for discussion and debate, with many exhibitors seeking out visitors to talk through the issues and challenges affecting them. At the Berryman stand its spokesman said that the companys priority was encouraging kerbside collection and expanding the firms awareness programme. To this end, next year will see Berryman begin to realise its plans for an understanding cent
  • ELV Appointment

    ELV appointmentEuropean Metal Recycling (EMR) has appointed Crow Environmental to install vehicle depollution rigs at more than 40 of its sites. The rigs will be operational by November 1, allowing EMR to safely recycle cars in line with the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive.
  • Government to introduce voluntary reward schemes

    By John McKennaThe Government is set to introduce voluntary reward schemes to boost household recycling in the UK. At the Labour Party annual conference in Brighton this week, environment secretary Margaret Beckett confirmed that local authorities would be consulted on the proposal.She said: Locally, everyone has a right to the cleaner, greener, safer neighbourhoods, which improve their quality of life. Government cant just will this fr
  • Grant for Midlothian

    Grant for MidlothianMidlothian Council is to introduce kerbside recycling following a grant of £31 million from the Scottish Executives Strategic Waste Fund.The money will be used to provide households with additional recycling boxes or containers.
  • Green waste facility provides hope for London's poor recycling record

    By John McKennaLondons poor recycling record is set to receive a boost following the opening of a composting facility capable of recycling 30,000 tonnes of the capitals green waste every year. It will receive green waste from the London Boroughs of Croydon, Merton and Sutton.The London Recycling Fund (LRF) paid for the £2 million Sutton-based facility following a successful partnership bid by the three boroughs and Viridor Waste Management. John Du
  • Improving waste management key

    By Paul SandersonImproving waste management policies will be the focus of a new research strategy that has been launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).The strategy will aim to deliver better-informed sustainable waste management policy development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation at local and national levels.Howard Dalton, DEFRAs chief scientific advisor, said: This strategy represents a useful step
  • Matthew Pinsent: why I'm backing Recycle Now

    Four times Olympic gold medallist rower Matthew Pinsent is the new face of the Recycle Now campaign. Here, he talks to MRW about why hes backing it.Why have you got involved in the Recycle Now campaign?It is a campaign I believe in. I want people to recycle more than they do now. It is really disappointing that we are low down in the recycling rankings when compared to countries in Europe. So, we need to encourage more peopl
  • Multinational metals

    Septembers ferrous and non-ferrous reports from the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) provide an in-depth, international view of market trends and the factors affecting the peaks and troughs. Taken as a whole, the reports give an impressive multinational chart of the metals market with balanced predictions as to how the industry is shaping up over the coming months. According to both reports, the significant swings in the value of the US dollar and responses to American economi
  • Newspaper and magazine consumption lead market up

    UK recovered paper consumption increased to 389,300 tonnes in July 2004 a clear 7.8% ahead of the 361,018 tonnes registered in the same month last year. Unsurprisingly in the light of recent trends, Class III newspapers and magazines led the charge by posting a 26.6% increase in consumption to 128,279 tonnes. The Class IV high grades total advanced by 6.8% to 60,772 tonnes. These increases offset declines elsewhere: consumption of Class I mixed grades slid 5.9% to 25,649 tonnes while the Class
  • Paying schools to recycle paper

    Abitibi-Consolidated has launched its Paper Retriever programme in the UK.The scheme, which pays schools and other not-for-profit organisations for used newspapers, magazines, catalogues and directories, has already given £2 million to North American organisations.More than 500 UK schools are expected to join the scheme by the end of the year.
  • Pressure mounts for price increases in middle grades

    Pressure is said to be mounting for significant increases in domestic middle grade prices following news of higher figures in most of the major export markets. Noting that, in general, exporters have been securing an additional £3 per tonne for these grades, one leading UK expert observed: If the domestic mills dont raise their prices soon, then they will be inviting trouble because more material will be shipped overseas.According to another industry source, all domestic consumers ar
  • Scottish Strategy

    Scottish strategyThe Scottish Executive has called on all public bodies and agencies in the country to conduct environmental audits. The information will be used to set annual environmental improvement targets and in forming strategy on sustainable development.
  • Small businesses, big ideas

    The first day of the Recycling and Waste Management exhibition saw WRAP announce survey results revealing that 81% of UK recycling businesses believe that the UK will fail to meet its EU recycling targets if the sector does not receive additional external investment. The survey, commissioned by WRAP, interviewed a range of recycling companies. It found that 42% of participants believe they are being held back by a shortage of available capital. A quarter of the businesses were open t
  • Strength in numbers

    Despite the flurry of data collection and analysis tools available, how reliable is the quality of information gathered? Local authorities and businesses alike are expected to have reams of statistics covering participation, tonnage, statutory targets, individual targets the list goes on, at their fingertips. But does the way this information is gathered and collated matter? Speaking at the Data Collection and Analysis seminar at the Recycling and Waste Management exhibitions Local
  • Three fly-tip truck seized

    Trucks used for fly-tipping across London were seized and crushed last week. The three vehicles were responsible for at least 27 separate incidences of illegal dumping across the capital.The offending vehicles were destroyed following a joint operation between the Environment Agency (EA) and the London Boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Merton and Wandsworth. EA Waste Policy Manager Alan DArcy said: This is an excellent example of the Environment Agency and local authorities working toget

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