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Materials Recycling World
16 January 2009

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  • Battery manufacturers disappointed by Government recycling proposals

    The British Battery Manufacturers Association is dismayed about the cost and complexity of the Governments proposals for the collection and recycling of household batteries.BBMA director Warwick Smith said: The Governments proposals just dont add up, particularly during a recession. Batteries are a small but vital part of household expenditure and, by the Governments own account, have a minimal effect on the environment.The Governme
  • Battery Regulations will wipe out smaller producers, says WasteCare - UPDATE

    The Governments proposed regulations on batteries are stratospherically expensive and if allowed to remain unchanged will help to destroy smaller battery producers, according to recycling company WasteCare.In response to the Governments second consultation document on waste batteries, WasteCare chief executive Peter Hunt said that producers would face financial burde
  • CIWM welcomes Government recognition of environmental sector potential

    Government recognition of the potential growth opportunities of the environmental services sector has been welcomed by the Chartered Institution of Waste Management.Lord Mandelson highlighted the potential of the green sector in a speech about job creation today (see MRW story).CIWM deputy chief execut
  • Consolidation is key to survival for many UK recycling companies

    Recycling companies can weather the economic storm by forming strategic partnerships or merging with their competitors, according to Manchester-based corporate finance house Ford Campbell.Partner Chris Froggatt said that recycling firms that have strong balance sheets can take the opportunity to acquire their undervalued rivals and gain greater bargaining power to ride out the storm. His comments come amid unprecedented volatility in w
  • Consultation on future waste facility locations launches

    A public consultation on locations for future waste treatment plants has been launched by the West of England Waste Partnership.The partnership has published draft plans outlining its preferred option for placing facilities which will handle 800,000 tonnes of waste a year.Proposed sites are in north west Bristol, elsewhere in Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare
  • Consumers save £296m by reducing food waste

    Householders are saving £296 million a year by reducing food waste, since the Love Food Hate Waste campaign launched in 2007.According to figures from campaign organisers, the Waste & Resources Action Programme, more than 1.8 million more households have cut back the amount of food they throw away. This means waste food has been reduced by 137,000 tonnes, preventing 600,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Defra confirms green waste target

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has reconfirmed that green waste will count towards the 50% target for municipal waste set out in the revised European Waste Framework Directive (WFD).Defras clarification came in a letter sent in December 2008 to County Surveyors Society Waste Panel chair Julia Barrett, who raised concerns expressed at the panels meeting on November 25. In correspondence Defra WFD Unit spokesman Mark Shotton said: I am writing to respond
  • Defra recycling and waste infrastructure delays could cost tax payer millions - UPDATE

    Tax payers could pick up the bill for the Governments failure to tackle EU waste targets early enough, a National Audit Office report has revealed.Delays in getting facilities ready to divert biodegradable waste from landfill, mean that challenging 2013 targets could be missed. This would expose the UK to
  • Don't bail out poor quality, Campaign for Real Recycling tells Kennedy

    Commingled collections have been branded the problem behind low grade recyclates in a letter to Environment Minister Jane Kennedy.The letter, from Campaign for Real Recycling chairman Mal Williams, asked Kennedy to resist pressure to prop up or bail out poor quality collections or processes in the tough economic climate. He said that there was still a healthy and enduring market for good quality m
  • EA figures do not support stockpiling claims

    Applications for emergency storage of recyclate have gone down since the Environment Agency allowed operators to stockpile materials.In November, the EA offered recycling operators the option of extra storage for a six month period, in answer to concerns about the build up of recyclate tonnages.But, despite a glut of stories in the national press about
  • ESA rejects claims of recycling market's collapse

    Newspaper reports of the recycling industrys demise have been widely exaggerated, according to trade body the Environmental Services Association.ESA chief executive Dirk Hazell was optimistic about the industrys future as he rejected the findings of many national press stories in the past week that markets for recyclates had collapsed. He called the recycling industry a modern British success story, with collections at their highest ever levels and set to rise.Hazell s
  • Green firms get loans from Triodos Bank

    Recycling businesses need loans but many banks will not lend to them in the current economic climate. But ethical bank Triodos Bank has increased its lending and support to the environmental sector to tackle climate change.Triodos Bank will increase the amount it lends to the environmental sector during this year. It currently lends more than £56 million in loans to businesses in the sector including recycling, food waste collection, recycle
  • Greenstar materials recycling facility gains "strategically important" CCIC approval

    Chinas recyclate inspection agency, CCIC, has awarded Greenstar UKs Aldridge materials recycling facility quality rare approval.Greenstar invested £7million developing the state-of-the-art MRF, near Birmingham. Chief executive Ian Wakelin described its CCIC accreditation as strategically important and rare. He said: In these tough times, when national and international markets have reduced demand, quality is absolutely essential if you want to keep on selling recyclate
  • Joy Blizzard announced as next LARAC chair

    The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee has announced Joy Blizzard as its new chairwoman.Local authority officer Blizzard takes over from Lee Marshall who is standing down after serving the maximum four-year term.Blizzard was formerly LARACs communications officer and will be supported by Carole Taylor and Gemma Coles as vice chairs with Andrew Craig from Te
  • Lord Mandelson announces financial help for SMEs

    A financial support package for small-to medium-sized businesses has been announced by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson.The support is intended to help businesses, including waste and recycling, address cash flow, credit and investment needs.Measures include:* A £10bn Working Capital Scheme, securing up to £20bn of short term bank lending to com
  • Lord Mandelson highlights "environmental sector" growth potential - UPDATE

    Environmental goods and services have been highlighted as a strong growth sector by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson in a speech on job creation.At a London Jobs Summit, Mandelson broadly outlined how the Government would help businesses get through the recession.He highlighted the potential growth and opportunity that the low carbon and environmental services sectors offered. But he stopped short of
  • Major NI waste contract shortlist announced

    A shortlist of bidders for the multi-million pound municipal waste contract in Northern Ireland, has been announced by organisers Arc21.The body represents 11 councils, which are planning to use mechanical biological treatment and energy from waste for the first time in the region.Under the contract, 580,000 tonnes of municipal
  • Marks & Spencer targets cost-conscious shoppers with eco-campaign

    Marks & Spencer has launched a marketing drive to help cash-strapped shoppers save money by making "green" lifestyle changes.The Plan A Way to Save campaign, which marks the second anniversary of the retailer's environmental programme, enables consumers to cut costs by up to £1,000 a year and will be supported online, in stores and on wash labels in clothing.Marks & Spencer is providing tips on concerns such as cutting food waste and lowering energy bills and rewarding
  • McDonald's urged to Keep Britain Tidy

    Big Mac wrappers and drink cartons from McDonalds make up more than nearly a third of fast food litter on Britains streets, according to a new survey by campaign group Keep Britain Tidy.The group has called on McDonaldsand other fast-food companies to do more to tackle customers who throw their wrappers on the streets.Keep Britain Tidys branded litter survey of ten city centres and subu
  • Minister reminded: quality recycling strengthens market

    A rallying call for continued support for quality recycling collections has gone out to Welsh Recycling Minister Jane Davidson.In an open letter to the Minister, Campaign for Real Recycling chairman Mal Williams, asked Davidson to resist the pressures of the credit crunch and back quality materials.There is still a healthy and enduring UK market for good recyclable material, he said.Import nonsense
  • Pret aims for "fully biodegradable" packaging

    Caterer Pret a Mangerslong term goal is to ensure that all of its products are biodegradable.In an effort to adopt more sustainable business practices the sandwich business wants to reduce its waste.Pret head of sustainability Nikki Fisher told MRW: In the long term our goal is to be fully biodegradable. We think that this is the best way forward even better than recycling. We would love to go fully biodegradable and ensure that al
  • Public confidence in recycling a priority, says Kennedy

    Environment Minister Jane Kennedy has told Parliament that maintaining public confidence in recycling is a priority, despite market concerns.Responding to questions about the recycled materials market from MP Geoffrey Cox, Kennedy said her department was well informed on the matter, maintaining close contact with major players. She said Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs priorities were based on such discussions.
  • Recycled construction product drives i-plas growth

    A recycled alternative to concrete has dramatically driven up sales for Halifax-based recycling business i-plas.The manufacturer of the product, which it claims is stronger than concrete, said its sales grew threefold in 2008. It also forecasts similar growth in 2009 from new contracts and recycled product launches.Managing director Howard Waghorn said: We have developed an environmentally-friendly alternative to concrete and steel. It has huge potential within the con
  • Returned landfill tax could deliver waste projects

    A call for urgent action on waste project delivery has come from the Local Government Association, following news that the UK risks missing its European Union 2013 waste targets.The news was revealed in a damning National Audit Office report on Defras management of the PFI programme. Responding to the report, LGA Envir
  • RWM consistently delivers more visitors

    Official statistics published by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) today confirmed that last years Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition (RWM 08) attracted 9,034 visitors. This was 1,000 more visitors than RWM 07 and represents the fifth year-on-year increase for the Emap Connect show.  When exhibitors, press and seminar speakers are taken into account, the total attendance was 11,884.Also, a survey of exhibitors carried out by the organisers found that 93 per cent of RWM 0
  • Sainsbury's works with WRAP on mixed plastics recycling trial

    Retailer Sainsburys is doing a trial with the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to see how feasible it is to recycle mixed plastic that customers bring back.
  • Specialised plant courses considered by NFDC

    National Federation of Demolition Contractors concerns that plant operator training certificates are inadequate for the sectors needs, has led the organisation to consider launching its own qualification.Certificates offered under the current Construction Plant Competence Scheme are general and not tailored to specialised plant used on certain demolition sites
  • Tesco opens new store run on waste oil

    Retail giant Tesco today (January 12) opens it first carbon efficient store run on waste oil in Cheetham Hill, Manchester. The store will be the blueprint for every new Tesco store built in the UK from now to 2020.The Cheetham Hill store will include the following:* A combined heat and power (CHP) plant which runs on naturally produced fuel from a mixture of rape seed oil and waste oil but not chip fat oil.
  • Union deal for Veolia's waste workers

    Unison has signed a national recognition agreement with the UK's largest waste management company.The agreement will cover a substantial number of the 12,500 staff employed by Veolia Environmental Services, which provides waste collection, street cleansing and recycling and disposal services to more than 100 local authorities across the UK.It covers:* Consultation and collective bargaining on terms and c
  • Veolia fined £101,000

    Waste company Veolia Environmental Services, who run a hazardous waste treatment facility in Bootle, Liverpool, has been fined £101,000 for an incident in April 2006 which caused the release of toxic fumes. The fumes led to four members of staff receiving medical treatment, and several members of the public reporting side effects. The company has also been ordered to pay costs of £65,000.Veolia breached a number of conditions of its was
  • Verdant wins £50m recycling contract

    Waste management firm Verdant has secured its first joint council contract worth £50 million.It will provide an integrated recycling, refuse and street cleansing service for South Oxfordshire District Council and its neighbour, Vale of White Horse District Council.The eight-year contract is designed to help both councils meet their landfill waste and recycling improvement targets. The service will start in June for South Oxfordsh
  • Waste & recycling industry pledges to reduce accidents

    Members of the Waste Industry Safety and Health forum have pledged to reduce industry accidents by 10% over five years. The waste industry has the unenviable reputation of having a fatal incident rate that is more than 10 times the national average and a reportable accident rate that is more than four times the national average.Signatories of the five year charter hope to see these figures reduced a tough pledge given
  • Waste and recycling companies face larger fines with new H&S Act

    Companies that breach health and safety legislation now face much stiffer fines following a major change in health and safety law. With the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 coming into force today (16 January, 2009), the maximum fine that Magistrates Courts can impose has risen four-fold from £5,000 to £20,000. The Crown Courts ability to impose unlimited fines for health and safety breaches remains unchanged.Dickinson Dees solici
  • Weak pound boosts plastics recycling business

    Plastic recyclers in the UK are potentially in a position to buck the UK economic downturn.Concerns about the state of the economy were heightened by a British Chamber of Commerce report published today. The BCC revealed a frightening deterioration in the UK economic situation. But the experience of plastics recycler Axion is that
  • WEEE PCSs work together to solve evidence trading problems

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) cash trading problems will not happen this year as producer compliance schemes (PCSs) seek to work closely together, claims PCS Electrolink. Chief executive Barry Van Danzig told MRW that the recent revisions to the WEEE regulations by Government will ensure th
  • Wincanton: No risk to WEEE operations

    Logistics firm Wincanton has said that its Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) operations will not be affected after it admitted that nearly 1,000 jobs were at risk from its food distribution arm.A Wincanton spokesman said that WEEE operations will absolutely not be affected.Wincanton expanded its WEEE recycling infrastructure last year by investing £5m in its second treatment facility.The firm said that its chi

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