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Materials Recycling World
12 June 2009

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  • Dan Norris is new waste and recycling minister

    Dan Norris, MP for North East Somerset, is the new Minister for Rural Affairs and Environment and replaces Jane Kennedys position. Norris has been handed a diverse portfolio as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State which sees him being made responsible for a diverse range of issues including wast
  • Driving litterbugs to face £100 fine

    People who throw litter from cars face fines of £100 because of new penalties agreed by the London Councils Transport and Environment Committee. The penalties have been agreed following a London-wide consultation with residents and boroughs and what level to set penalty charges for various litter an
  • Environment Agency calls on Government to raise recycling bar

    Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith called on Government to lead by example and reduce its environmental footprint by using its purchasing power to drive markets in sustainable products and reduce waste.Speaking at the Futuresource Conference (9 June) at the London Excel Arena, Lord Smith highlighted how the public sector has the power to drive market trends with an annual spend of around £150 billion and 40 per cent of the UK economy.He said tha
  • Environment Minister Jane Kennedy quits the Government - UPDATE

    Environment Minister Jane Kennedy has left her position at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs amid the continuing row over Gordon Browns leadership. She has been replaced by Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Canning Town, based in East London.Glasgow-born Fitzpatrick has been MP for Poplar and Canning Town since May 2007. He began his career as a fire fighter. According to his website, during his 23 years with the fire brigade, he was an activ
  • Environment trials electronic waste tracking system

    The Environment Agency has begun a pilot project that allows businesses and industry to electronically track the collection, transfer and final destination of their waste to help clamp down on fly-tipping.The three-month Electronic Duty of Care trial is being run by six waste companies in south east England, using mobile computer technology and a web-based tracking system to create and maintain electronic waste transfer notes. It is part of the Waste Crime Innovation
  • Environmental Waste Controls challenges Lancashire County Council decision

    Waste and recycling management company Environmental Waste Controls has issued a high court claim for damages against Lancashire County Council, which is to go to trial on 15 June.The claim, which comes under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, is in relation to a waste contract for the Lancashire area.EWC are taking action after their tender was rejected by Lancashire County Council and the contract awarded to a
  • ERP UK: WEEE sector concerned about poor public awareness

    More than 70 per cent of those working in the waste electrical and electronic equipment industry said they expect poor public awareness to remain one of their biggest challenges for the year ahead, according to a new survey. WEEE compliance scheme European Recycling Platform conducted the survey cal
  • Hilary Benn announces funding for anaerobic digestion

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has announced that five successful anaerobic digestion projects will receive Government grants to create energy from waste.The grants are being awarded under the £10 million Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs anaerobic digestion demonstration programme, and form part of wider plans to tackle food waste and packaging.  Defra selected the five projects because they will demonstrate cutting-edge technology
  • London Mayor Boris to turn food into fuel

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched the Food to Fuel Alliance, a major initiative to convert Londons food waste into eco-fuel. The Alliance will bring together developers, food producers, energy companies and other key partners to provide the new infrastructure London needs to extract fuel from the capitals food waste. It is estimated that around 3 million tonnes of organic waste, predominantly food, are generated in the capital each year. While we can
  • M&S 'closes the loop' with food-grade recycled plastic

    For the first time, Marks & Spencer  this week will sell food packaged with plastic recycled in Britain.The retailer has worked with plastic recycling plant Closed Loop Recycling and packaging supplier Reynolds to supply it with food-grade recycled plastic.M&S salad boxes are the final step in a project to create a closed-loop for plastic foo
  • Manchester is first airport to launch Recycle Zones

    Manchester Airport is the first airport to launch Recycle Zones in its refurbished airside terminals at a cost of £80 million. The Recycle Zones initiative aims to encourage people to recycle on the go and is to be implemented across the UK.The scheme is part of a collaboration between the airport, Coca Cola Enterprises and the Waste & Resources Action Pr
  • MEP Caroline Jackson gives her predictions on EU waste policy

    Caroline Jackson, MEP for the South-West Region, has given her predictions on where European Union waste policy is headed and said that the waste industry has to take a greater interest in the European Parliament.
  • New Packaging Strategy announced

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched its long awaited Packaging Strategy at the Futuresource Conference.Environment Secretary Hilary Benn was speaking at the event organised by the Charted Institution of Waste Management and the Environmental Services Association at the Excel Centre in London (09 June).Addressing the waste industry, Benn said
  • New WRAP report is "by no means the obituary for commingling" says Greenstar UK chief executive

    Waste management firm Greenstar UK has welcomed the Waste & Resources Action Plans findings that local authorities should choose the recycling collection system which best suits them.Greenstar UK chief executive Ian Wakelin stressed that local authorities should not be misled by the reports headline conclusion. He said: It is by no means the obituary for commingling. WRAP clearly state
  • Packaging Strategy receives mixed response

    The announcement of the new Packaging Strategy has received a mixed response from key industry players.The Waste & Resources Action Programme chief executive Liz Goodwin said: Packaging waste is a major issue for shoppers, local authorities and retailers and we need to join forces to tackle it. By working across the whole supply chain, we have greater opportunities to make a posit
  • Scrap dealers feel the benefit of the car scrappage scheme

    Just three weeks after the launch of the Governments car scrappage scheme the authorised treatment facilities involved with the system are already seeing the benefits.Metal processors Ampthill Metal Company business and development manager Mick Leech said: The scheme has been a very good thing for our industry, even though it was actually meant to primarily boost the car manufacturing industry rather than scrap. The cars we are getting through the scheme have certain
  • Senior figures from industry and local government to join WRAP

    The chief executive of Sita UK and a senior local government councillor specialising in environmental issues are to join the Waste & Resources Action Programmes board.WRAP chairman Peter Stone said Sita UK chief executive and the Local Government Associations Councillor Clare Whelan would bring invaluable experience and insight at a critical period in WRAPs development.They will replace WRAP board members Mike Averill and Councillor Kay Twitchen, who b
  • Veolia critical of WRAP commingled report

    Veolia Environmental Services deputy chief executive Paul Levett has criticised the Waste & Resources Action Programme report that source separated or dual stream collection methods are better than commingled.In the report, Choosing the right recycling collection system, WRAP stated that single stream commingled collections are the least effective solution in terms of cost and materials quality. But Mr Levett said to MRW: There is no one-size fits all
  • Viridor acquires London Recycling for £11m

    Waste management firm Viridor has acquired independent resource management company London Recycling for £11 million.London Recycling handles 50,000 tonnes of material each year through its complete waste management system. The West Ham based firm has a fleet of waste collection vehicles, a waste electrical and electronic equipment facility, paper processin
  • WRAP: commingled is worst option

    Commingled collections of recycling are the worst option for local authorities, according to new research from the Waste & Resources Action Programme. In what may be seen as a controversial move, WRAP has stated that sorting household recycling at the kerbside is the best and cheapest option in most cases. However, the organi

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