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Materials Recycling World
13 February 2009

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  • £26m to turn waste into bio-gas in Wales

    Local authorities in Wales will get £26 million of new funding to help them develop anaerobic digestion plants, the Welsh Assembly GovernmentEnvironment Minister Jane Davidson has said.Making the announcement at the Wales Waste National conference (12 February) Ms Davidson said: The technology of AD will play a key part in how Wales deals with its waste and will also provide a new source of renewable energy. We cannot continue to t
  • Argos tackles landfill waste

    High street retailer Argos is trialling a new process for the waste arriving at its distribution centres from stores, with the aim of diverting its waste from landfill. Distribution project manager Mark Jones told MRW: The trial, focusing on Magna Park (Lutterworth, Leicestershire) distribution centre and around 170 selected Argos stores, involves minimising landfill waste by increasing recycling with the use of a dedicated team of people and specialist e
  • Auspicious timing for biomass company launch

    A biomass energy company has picked an auspicious time to launch following the proposal of Government backed incentives to boost renewable energy use. Talbotts Biomass Generators launched, out of existing company Talbotts Biomass Energy Systems, with a 50 per cent stake investment from Air Plants Dust Extraction. The new company will be a separate power division providing combined heat and power systems to generate electricity. Both businesses will be
  • Call for a clearer direction on landfill tax beyond 2010/11

    Local authorities and businesses need a clearer indication of what the landfill tax will be beyond 2010/11, a leading environmental consultant has warned.Eunomia Research & Consulting director Dr Dominic Hogg told MRW that the current position of HM Treasury is to keep secret the level of tax beyond 2010/11.Dr Hogg added: Although the Chancellor keeps hinting in the Budget statements and Pre-Budget re
  • Clemenceau docks in Teesside to be scrapped

    The largest ship to be recycled in Europe has arrived at a Teesside dock for processing after being delayed by poor weather last week. French aircraft carrier, the Clemenceau, docked at Able UKs Teesside Environmental Reclamation and Recycling Centre on Sunday.The same company is contracted to recycle four US ghost ships, which attracted some local opposition. However, Hartlepool Councils objections to extend the licence enabling TERRC to process such ships were w
  • Commercial and construction waste recycler secures £10m for development

    A midlands-based skip company has secured £10 million to develop a 250,000 tonnes a year materials recycling facility. Kidderminster-based Lawrence Recycling and Waste Management plans to process commercial, industrial construction and domestic waste at its site called The Forge. The £10m deal, organised and invested in by Orbis Partners LLP senior partner James Grenfell, is backed by Aberdeen Asset Managers Growth Capital, Barclays Bank and Advantage Transition B
  • Composter Bioganix split in half as assets sold

    Two composting sites belonging to failed composter Bioganix have been snapped up by rivals in an assets sell off. New Earth Solutions has bought the in-vessel composting plant in Gloucestershire, while Countrystyle has taken over the IVC facility in Suffolk.Bioganix was forced to sell the sites in a pre-pack arrangement with administrators to avoid insolvency. In a statement it said: The company will not itself be placed in administration but is likely to be wound
  • Environment Agency asks local authorities to report final destination of materials

    The Environment Agency has sent guidance to local authorities asking them to report the final destination of materials they collect for recycling.The guidance explains that Waste Disposal Authorities need to report the final destination of waste handled in the UK via their WasteDataFlow returns. The WDF is a web-based system for municipal waste data reporting by UK local authorities to Government. The guidance states that commercial confidentiality is not an excus
  • Environment Secretary celebrates Eco Schools success

    More than half of schools in England have achieved Eco School status, which covers themes including litter and waste, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has said.Run by campaign group Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Eco School programme is an international award scheme that encourages children and teachers to make their school more environmentally-friendly and sustainable. By following a seven s
  • EU prepares for low carbon future with new clean energy technologies

    Countries in the European Union should develop and deploy new clean energy technologies, including recycling facilities, speedily in order to tackle climate change, according to EU commissioner for environment Stavros Dimas.Speaking to delegates at the EUs Sustainable Energy Week Forum in Brussels, Belgium (9 February), Dimas said the development of new clean energy technologies need to be accelerated.A European Commission spokeswoman
  • Householders to get financial incentives for biomass boilers

    Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said that UK households will be able to get financial incentives for low carbon technologies such as biomass boilers and ground source heat pumps under Government plans to reduce carbon emissions and cut energy bills.The Government wants to cut household carbon emissions by one third by 2020. Its ultimate aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.Miliband said: We need to move from incremental
  • London councils notice dip in household waste levels

    London councils have noticed a slight drop in their household waste collections due to a combination waste minimisation campaigns and the recession.Speaking to MRW, Westminster City Council waste strategy manager Mark Banks said: I attended a recent Association of London Cleansing Officers meeting last week and councils have reported that they have noticed a slight decline in household waste tonnages. This could be down to waste minimisation campaigns or wit
  • LWRB set 2009/10 spending priorities

    The London Waste and Recycling Board has set its budget and spending priorities for 2009/10.At a meeting held on 12 February the Board has outlined a budget of £37 million to help London divert materials from landfill. Chief operating officer Paul de Rivas said that the Board was allocating £37.2m for the first year and was setting up structures and processes to start to develop a pipeline of projects to help divert waste from landfill. The
  • Modern technology to boost recycling and change behaviour

    The latest Recycle for London campaign will use modern technologies to encourage Londoners to recycle and create less rubbish.The campaign will use a mobile phone game to put out the recycling message to Londoners. The game challenges the user to starve their hungry evil bin by catching all recyclable materials in a green recycling box. Players score points for every item caught, but if the evil bin eats three items which should be recycled the player los
  • New funding for food waste processing guide launched by WRAP

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme has launched a new guide to funding for waste processing activities, such as composting and anaerobic digestion.The guide lists potential sources of funding from a range of organisations covering areas such as environmental improvements, business development, and research, as well as detailing other grant aid schemes which may be of interest.This is the first time that WRAP has published a funding guide for food w
  • NPTA still insist of no direct link between AWCs and rats

    There is still no direct link between alternate weekly collections and an increase in rat population, pest controllers say.Speaking to MRW National Pest Technician Association chairman Barrie Sheard said: We havent changed our mind. There is no direct link between alternate weekly collections and this problem. But if AWCs are not managed by supervisors properly or the public leave their bin lids open then you have got trouble.The number of cal
  • Recovered paper exports positive contribution ignored, says CPI

    The key role of export in the paper market should not be demonised by the press, a Confederation of Paper Industries market expert has said. Following CPI data which predicted a tough year ahead for the industry in 2009, CPI recovered paper sector manager Peter Seggie said: In the UK, great strides continue to be made in increasing the tonnage of recovered paper and board being retrieved from the waste stream.But the excessive reliance on the export market for recycling capacity w
  • Recycling up 1% in latest quarterly results

    A one per cent rise in recycling rates to 35.5 per cent in England has been welcomed, as WasteDataFlow figures for the latest quarter have been published. To avoid seasonal distortion, comparisons were made between the year April 2007 to March 2008 and the year July 2007 to June 2008, which includes the provisional results for the quarter April to June 2008.Data collected from local authorities showed household recycling rates rose from an average rate of 34.5 per
  • Scottish Government announces changes to Ministerial team

    Changes to the Scottish Government Ministerial team have been announced.Roseanna Cunningham  has been appointed as Minister for the Environment. She is MSP for the Perth constituency and will work with Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead in the Cabinet for Rural Affairs and the Environment.First Minister Alex Salmond said: The Scottish Government approache
  • Scottish Government tackles food waste

    The Scottish Government is to focus on cutting down on the amount of household food waste in the latest phase of its Go Greener campaign.The Go Greener campaign will use media advertising to show that the average family could save up to £410 each year by making use of food that would otherwise have been thrown away. Nearly £9 million worth of food is thrown out by Scottish households
  • Sims WEEE plant opens in Wales

    A further 100,000 tonnes a year of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment processing capacity has been added to the UK, with the opening of Sims Recycling Solutions flagship WEEE plant in Newport, Wales.The £12 million plant was officially opened yesterday (9 February, 2009) by First Minister for Wales, the Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan. This is good for Newport and good for Wales. This facility puts Wales at the top of the tree for WEEE, Morgan said.Sims Recycling Solutions Gl
  • Small business credit unavailable, says Federation of Small Businesses - UPDATE

    Lines of credit pledged by the Government to support small and medium businesses are not being made available by banks, a survey has found. A financial support package for SMBs was launched by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson earlier this month (16 January). It was intended to help businesses, including waste and recycling, address cash flow, credit and investment
  • Smurfit Kappa halts shareholder payouts

    Payments to Smurfit Kappa Group shareholders have been suspended for 2009 following a reported financial loss in the fourth quarter of 2008. Results from the Group, which makes and recycles paper-based packaging, showed a net debt of €3.4 billion (£3.1bn).But Group chief executive Gary McGann said: Against an increasingly difficult market backdrop, the Group is pleased to deliver a relatively strong financial outcome for 2008 in line with market expectations.
  • Taxpayers' money to be used for PFI projects

    Gordon Brown is set use taxpayers money to fund big private finance initiative deals in order to accelerate projects stalled by the credit crunch.In a bid to get multi-million pound deals off the ground in the face of the banks reluctance to lend, the Treasury is working on plans that could see an infrastructure fund created to provide long-term bridging loans from the taxpayer to PFI projects.Alternatively, departments such as local Government, which
  • UK recovered paper processing predicted to decline in 2009

    A wider trend of domestic decline in the paper and board manufacturing industry has been confirmed by figures from the Confederation of Paper Industries. Further domestic production decline is also predicted for 2009 despite plans for new mills.The CPIs analysis follows announcements from recycler and manufacturer Smurfit Kappa earlier this week that its production figures had dropped
  • Wales first in UK to start legislation to ban free plastic bags

    Environment Minister Jane Davidson has asked Welsh Assembly Government officials to start work on legislation to put an end to the use of free one-trip plastic bags in Wales. The Welsh Assembly Government is the first UK administration is to start work for possible regulation under the provisions of
  • Waste reduction could save small businesses 5% of turnover

    Small businesses could save between 4 to 5 per cent of their turnover by reducing waste, according to recently launched Government advice. Waste reduction was one of the Governments top ten tips for businesses to save cash, carbon and water during the recession.Partnering with other nearby businesses to manage waste and recycling and achieve economies of scale was suggested. And viewing waste as a resource or raw material for another business with opportunities to
  • Waste to energy sector retains investor confidence

    Faith in the waste to energy sectors potential is evident as Impax Asset Management has invested a further £4million in New Earth Solutions. The money will support the roll-out of NES waste management facilities across the UK just as the company has gained planning permission for a new plant in Avonmouth, Bristol. Construction on another new plant, in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, i
  • Water bottle boost for UKs recycled PET market

    The UKs recovered bottle market received a vote of confidence as a major bottled water company announced plans to buy more recycled PET from a UK reprocessor. French mineral water company Danone, producer of Evian and Volvic, said it will buy 12,000 tonnes of recycled PET from Greenstar by 2011.This year, Danone will buy 5,000 tonnes of plastic, which will be made into new bottles at its factory in Dijon. This will save the company £250,000 this year alone.
  • Worsening credit crunch threatens large waste and recycling companies - UPDATE

    Large waste and recycling companies could be at risk if the Government does not intervene to ensure access to new credit over the next three months. Business lobby group, the CBI, warned that a worsening credit crunch could hit companies following research into businesses access to financial credit, published today.The CBI Access to
  • WRAP launches £5m in grants for West Midlands recyclers

    A £5 million boost for recycling businesses in the West Midlands has been announced by the Waste & Resources Action Programme. Small-scale capital grants worth up to £187,000 and free business development services will be available under a programme run by WRAP on behalf of Advantage West Midlands.The programme will run until 2011 and is open to companies investing in new or expanded waste processing capacity. Businesses can also apply for one of several large sca

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