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Materials Recycling World
15 May 2009

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  • €13m boost for recycled Irish products

    The Irish Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local government John Gormley, has launched an innovative €13million Market Development Programme to urge entrepreneurs to transform waste into sustainable products.Gormley hopes the scheme will develop new jobs and new markets in Ireland by targeting manufacturers, waste organisations, third level organisations and entrepreneurs over the next five years. It is hoped the Market Development Programme wil
  • 80,000 Oldham homes recycle food waste

    Oldham residents are recycling food waste thanks to a £400,000 contract with Straight.The recycling and services group has completed the agreement with Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council to supply 80,000 homes with kitchen caddies, which are to facilitate the collection of food waste from homes. Straight has also supplied the council with 23 litre kerbside caddies.Straight chief executive Jonathan Stra
  • Age is no barrier to being green

    A green taskforce, made up of 10 old people from around the UK, has developed a set of recommendations to help reduce waste and promote reuse.The Greener and Wiser taskforce has been supported by charities Age Concern and Help the Aged, think tank Green Alliance and Natural England.It has been set up to increase the profile of older peoples views, aged between 52 and 90, in envi
  • Asda launches free bag initiative

    Supermarket Asda has launched a two week bag for life give away to help reduce carrier bag waste across all its UK stores.Plastic bags will be replaced with re-usable bags at check-outs free of charge for two weeks. Asda is committed to meeting a 50 per cent reduction target in carrier bag use.Corporate policy manager Paul Hedley said: We are encouraging our customers to reuse their bags by giving them
  • Car scrappage scheme: Just 30 per cent of ATFs to get a boost

    Just 30 per cent of all authorised treatment facilities will receive a boost from the car scrappage scheme, which begins on 18 May.Scrapped cars from the car scrappage scheme will pass through the car manufacturers usual end-of-life treatment facilities instead of being opened out to the whole of the industry, meaning a small fraction will feel the benefit. A spokesperson from the Department of Business Enterpr
  • Councils report dip in waste arisings

    Local authorities are reporting a drop of up to 10 per cent in waste arisings in recent months.In March, MRW reported that local authority officers have estimated that household waste streams have dropped from between four per cent to 10 per cent comparing last years figures to this years figures.Last week, latest statistics from the Department for Food, Envir
  • Designers Antoni and Alison join Fanta for recycled bag giveaway

    Drinks company Fanta, with help from fashion designers Antoni & Alison, are launching a free bag made entirely from recycled plastic PET bottles.Starting from 20 May 2009, the bag will come free when customers buy two two-litre bottles of Fanta and Fanta Fruit Twist exclusively from Tesco.Coca Cola Great Britain produce Fanta. CCGB marketing director Cathryn Sleight said: We are committed to operating as sustainably as possible, and that
  • Don't get over-reliant on strong overseas demand, warns recycler

    A UK plastics trader and recycler has warned the industry not to get complacent with the current strong demand for material from China.AWS eco plastics commercial director Duncan Oakes said: Demand should be lower as the Chinese economy is shrinking, compared to what it was in the past. But at the moment you can sell more than you can buy. Last week,
  • Duracell: Battery regulations will face teething problems

    The battery regulations will face teething problems in the first six months of compliance but will become more defined in the second and third compliance periods, according to battery manufacturer Duracell.Speaking to MRW Duracell environmental external relations manager Khush Marolia said: There will be teething difficulties to start off with but once you get things up and running after the first compliance period the less uncertainty you will get.
  • Environment Agency ask public over new Cardiff energy-from-waste facility

    Environment Agency Wales is seeking public opinion after receiving an environmental permit application for a new energy-from-waste facility proposed by Viridor Waste Management.Viridor has applied to build the waste facility in Trident Park, Cardiff as part of the south-east Wales Project Green initiative.Environment Agency Wales area manager for South-East Wales Cliff Moyce said: We are keen to involve the local community on this application for an envir
  • Eurocell acquires Merritt Plastics

    Manufacturer and distributer of PVC-u systems Eurocell Profiles has announced the acquisition of Merritt Plastics.This acquisition of PVC-u recycling and extrusion company, Merritt Plastics, will allow Eurocell to recycle much higher volumes of windows it replaces, reducing its carbon footprint and landfill costs.Merritt Plastics founder Simon Readman said: This is an exciting new era for us. Weve built a succes
  • Geesink Norba unveil UK's first electric plug-in waste vehicle

    Geesink Norba has launched the UKs first plug-in electric waste collection vehicle.Assembled and unveiled in Wales, the truck has a zero emissions output and remains almost silent when crushing and compacting waste. This quiet factor also means the trucks are able to work at any time in the day without disturbing people, unlike the usual diesel variety.Welsh En
  • Good vibrations shake up for local authorities

    Local authorities will have to take steps to minimise the vibrations from vehicles such as refuse lorries to reduce the impact on the health of their staff because of a new European Union Directive, according to an industry expert.From July 2010, a new EU Directive called the Control of Noise and Control of Vibration Regulations (2005),Vibrating Directive, com
  • Hilary Benn announces third sector taskforce membership

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has selected 16 members for a new third sector taskforce on climate change, waste and recycling, the environment and sustainable development.The aim of the taskforce is to develop a vision and action plan for wider third sector involvement in these issues and to identify how Government and the third sector can best work together and contribute their expertise and the ability to reach people.A Department for Environment
  • Household waste fuels the production of Cemex UK cement

    Non-recyclable material from household waste is being used to manufacture cement.Cemex UK, suppliers of cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete, are using climafuel in place of fossil fuels to heat the kilns in the production of cement.Climafuel has half the carbon footprint of coke and is made up of 50 per cent biomass. During extensive trials, the use of 30 per cent climafuel as a substitute fuel
  • Kent Waste Partnership conducts waste audit check

    The Kent Waste Partnership has analysed rubbish from the bins of more than 2,000 homes without their owners knowledge to try to cut waste and boost recycling. Bins collected by every council, except Dartford, last December were studied to see exactly what was inside.
  • Morrisons to encourage customers to cut waste

    Supermarket Morrisons has launched its Great Taste Less Waste programme that aims to reduce the amount of food waste its customers create.The retailer has investigated the optimum ways to package fresh produce so that it lasts as long possible and aims to educate its customers on how best to store it at home. Speaking at a Local Government Association-organised debate on packaging, WM Morrison Supermarkets chief executive Marc Bolland said: We want to red
  • Mothercare takes sustainable steps

    Mother-and-baby chain Mothercare has awarded waste firm Severnside Recycling with a three-year recycling contract.Mothercare group business development manager Emma Conroy said: We aim to reduce the amount of waste we currently send to landfill by encouraging recycling and sustainability across all our stores. Severnside is conducting a comprehensive waste management audit with a view to introducing a recycling service to achieve these aims and to support our corpora
  • New Scottish National Waste Management Plan to be launched in 2010

    Scotland will launch a National Waste Management Plan next year that will outline Scotlands key objectives in relation to waste prevention, recycling and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.The Scottish Government has ambitious zero waste plans to encourage recycling and reduce waste. These include plans to increase the amount of municipal waste being recycled or composted to 60 per cent by 2020 and 70 per cent by 2025. A three-month consulta
  • Peterborough invites bids from waste industry to build anaerobic digestion plant

    Peterborough City Council is inviting bids from the waste industry to design, construct and operate an anaerobic digestion facility to treat food waste produced by its 170,000 residents.The council aims for the 12,000-tonne capacity AD facility to be operational by late next year. It will support the councils commitment to increase recycling and composting of household and garden materials to more than 65 per cent by 2020. The AD facility will genera
  • Plastic export quality is poor, says trader

    A UK plastics trader and recycler has warned the industry not to get complacent with the current strong demand for material from China.AWS eco plastics commercial director Duncan Oakes said: Demand should be lower as the Chinese economy is shrinking, compared to what it was in the past. But at the moment you can sell more than you can buy.Oakes said the current strong overseas demand and prices meant plastics traders were playing the market and also re
  • PRN market faces difficult year, says advisory committee

    The market for Packaging Waste Recovery Notes is likely to be difficult this year as demand for materials drops because of the recession, according to the Advisory Committee on Packaging.The ACP is an advisory committee for the Department for Environment, Food and Environment Affairs which seeks to reduce the impact of packaging and packaging waste on the environment by introdu
  • Recyclers warn over severe Lollini baler delays - COMMENT UPDATE

    Materials recycling firms have contacted MRW about the appalling service they have received from a Romanian scrap baler manufacturer.Lollini Recycling Systems and Machinery has failed to make deliveries of its bigger baling machines due to its suppliers shutting down.MRW has spoken to five separate firms which have been awaiting the delivery of their scrap balers for at least five to nine months after the original scheduled delivery date
  • SEPA waivers waste management licence fees

    Businesses in Scotland have saved more than £1.2 million during 2008-09 after Scotlands environment agency waived fees, including waste environmental permits, it normally charges.The Scottish Environment Protection Agency worked with the Scottish Government to identify ways to help save businesses money in the current economic climate.SEPA waived fees for applications for new environmental permits,
  • Sims Metal Management report a $94million loss

    Sims Metal Management has reported a total net loss after taxes of AUS$94million over the last nine months. As Sims MMs financial results revealed last week, its European sales revenue was down two per cent on the prior corresponding nine month period. Earnings before interest and tax were at a loss of AUS$40m over the nine month period ending on 31 March 2009. Sims MM group chief executive Daniel Dienst said: Like all of our operations in the world, the
  • Strict controls now in place for waste paper exports to India

    The Indian Government has enforced a new licensing system to strictly control the quality of Western waste paper imports.From 25 April, waste paper imports to India are subject to inspection by an independent approved pre-shipment inspection agency. This is due to new rules that ensure imports do not contain any municipal solid waste, post-consumer domestic waste or medical waste or any other type of hazardous contaminant. A paper exporter said: It is
  • Thefts from textile banks increase

    The problem of theft from textile banks is increasing, according to UK charities.Charities are already facing the problem of criminals stealing textile collections from outside homes (see MRW 5 May) because of the buoyant market price for used clothing.Textile Recycling for Aid and International Develop
  • Unique recycling firm receives big investment

    Enval, the first packaging recycling company to allow complete recycling of laminate packaging waste, has obtained significant investment from the East of England Co-Investment Fund.Laminate packaging is a material made up from tightly-packed layers of aluminium and plastic that are hard to separate, such as a drink carton.The spinout company of the University of Cambridge was supported in its
  • Veolia and University of Birmingham agree research collaboration

    Waste management provider Veolia Environmental Services has signed a research collaboration partnership with the University of Birmingham.Veolias research and development team hope to work with the university to promote environmental research, innovation and sustainable development in areas like carbon saving and energy efficiency.Birmingham University pro-vice-chancellor for research and knowledge transfer Judith Petts said: We are delighted Veolia En
  • Viridor to close Beddingham landfill site

    Viridor has announced the closure of its Beddingham landfill site after reaching its full capacity.The site near Lewes is to close on 16 May but will continue to generate renewable energy from the methane emissions.The site took in 250,000 tonnes of rubbish each year and currently generates around 4.9MW of electricity, which is enough to power most of the houses in Lewes.A Viridor spokesperson said: Were not surprised because we knew the si
  • WRAP launches competition to reduce construction waste

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme and the Royal Institute of British Architects have launched a competition encouraging designers to focus on reducing construction waste in the design process.The initiative, Designing Out Waste is set to emphasise the importance of reducing the £1.5 billion the construction sector wastes each year by approaching design in a different way.WRAP cons

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