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Materials Recycling World
16 October 2009

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  • £100,000 boost for three new charity shops to recycle old furniture and create jobs

    A homeless charity in London that recycles old furniture has been given a £100,000 boost by the London Waste and Recycling Board to divert waste from landfill and create employment opportunities. Trinity charity shops are based in the west London boroughs of Ealing, Hillingdon and Hounslow. The proc
  • £10m budget to tackle Wales' waste in 2010/11

    The Welsh Assembly Government plans to spend an extra £10 million on tackling waste, Environment Minister Jane Davidson says. The WAGs spending for 2010/11 on sustainability issues, including climate change, energy efficiency and flood risk management, will increase by nearly £15m, or seven per cent
  • 1,000 tonnes of wood blazes at East Yorkshire site

    A fire broke out at a recycling plant in East Yorkshire burning around 1,000 tonnes of reclaimed timber.The blaze began at 7.00pm on 5 October at Transwastes wood storage site in Hull and continued to smoulder eight days later as the site-owners and the Environment Agency worked with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to move the wood and spread it out in order to gradually extinguish it.Transwaste managing director Mark Hornshaw said: We own a tipping
  • A WEEE victory for Econo-Weee and Transform

    Waste electrical and electronic equipment producer compliance schemes Econo-Weee and Transform have both won appeals against the Environment Agencys decision not to re-approve them as schemes for 2010 and beyond. The decision by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills means that the two s
  • Aldersgate Group: £250bn needed to fund low carbon economy by 2020

    The Government needs a more radical approach to financing low carbon projects to ensure carbon targets are met, according to a report by an environmental lobby group. The Aldersgate Group published its report called Financing the transition a st
  • Anaerobic digesters will help tackle climate change, say Government advisors

    The UK can reduce emissions from buildings and industry if it increases its use of renewable heat technologies including biogas from landfills and anaerobic digesters, according to Government advisors. The Committee on Climate Change has published its report Meeting Carbon Budgets the need for a
  • Benn sets out plans to make UK a "zero waste" nation - UPDATE

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has introduced ambitious plans for Britain to become a zero waste nation at a waste summit in London. Addressing an audience of local authorities and the waste industry, Benn said: We need to rethink how we view and treat waste in the UK. Why do we send valuable ite
  • Boots extends recycling campaign

    High street store Boots has announced that it will extend its national recycling campaign to include a wider range of consumer electronic products that customers can exchange for up to 5,000 Advantage Card points to spend on anything in-store. Following its initiative to recycle mobile phone and ink
  • Brent Cross Cricklewood Development plans come under fire from waste expert

    A waste expert has slammed plans for a gasification plant to be built for the new Brent Cross Cricklewood Development. Last month MRW reported that more than £189 million would be spent on waste and recycling facilities as part of a project to build a new town centre in the north London borou
  • Cameron outlines plans to bring "green consumer revolution to the UK"

    Incentivising people to recycle and putting accurate pricing on pollution and waste will help bring a green consumer revolution to the UK, according to Conservative Party leader David Cameron. Speaking at the launch of a new report - Consumers, business
  • Cemex and WRG partner up to produce alternative cement-making fuel

    Cemex is joining forces with the Waste Recycling Group to build and operate an alternative fuel plant in Rugby. Building solutions provider Cemex has applied for permission to build a Climafuel manufacturing plant either at Southam or Malpass Farm, Rugby. It is hoped that if Warwickshire County Council agrees to the planning application, WRG and Cemex would operate it as a partnership.Made from waste, Climafuel is used in the cement-making process a
  • EA fines waste tyre exporter

    An exporter had to pay £10,000 in fines and costs for its involvement in illegally shipping waste tyres to Vietnam.Cheshire-based BTR was found to have organised shipments by paying container related fees and introducing tyre baling companies to the firm responsible for the illegal export. It was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 costs by Southampton Crown Court after it pleaded guilty. It is the first time the Environment Agency has used the Transfrontier Shipmen
  • Enviros bought for £27M

    Sinclair Knight Merz has acquired Enviros from construction firm Carillion in a £27 million deal.Global engineering, sciences and project delivery firm SKM has signed the purchase agreement and the transaction completion is expected over the coming weeks.Enviros provides environmental and health and safety soluti
  • Envirowaste expands MRF

    Envirowaste has been given the go-ahead to expand its materials recycling facility at Yapton, West Sussex.The firm, which is part of the TJ group, plans to increase the amount it recycles from 9,500 tonnes a year to 25,000 tonnes a year to help meet a local recycling capacity shortfall.Currently, the MRF handles cardboard, tyres, paper and plastic but the expansion will allow
  • Fire breaks out at Closed Loop Recycling plant

    A fire has broken out at plastic recycling plant Closed Loop Recycling in Dagenham on 13 October causing some damage to its PET line. A spokesman said a localised fire broke out in the evening of 13 October but was contained swiftly. He added: It is now completely extinguished and there is no furthe
  • FoE: Tougher target needed to increase UK recycling

    The UK needs tougher recycling targets if it is to be a world leader on tackling waste, say environmental campaigners. Speaking about Environment Secretary Hilary Benns call for the UK to become a zero waste nation, Friends of the Earth resource use campaigner Michael Warhurst said: People in Flande
  • Government sets out commercial and industrial waste policy aims

    The Government has set out its policy aims and objectives for commercial and industrial waste in England to encourage businesses to use resources more efficiently and to think about what they do with their waste.It has produced a new document called Commercial and industrial waste in England: Statement of aims and actions  2009
  • Green Martyr continues climate change fight

    A green martyr has continued his fight against his former employees for unfair dismal over their alleged discrimination against his views on climate change. Tim Nicholson was made redundant while head of sustainability at Grainger, Britains biggest residential property investment company, last July
  • Incpen: Impressive UK packaging figures

    UK packaging figures have barely increased in the last decade, according to packaging industry trade body Incpen. European Commission official packaging and recycling statistics for 2007 show that the amount of packaging per capita in the UK
  • LGA: Cost of disposing of rubbish set to rise by £1.1bn

    Town hall leaders have warned the Government that the cost of collecting and disposing of the nations rubbish is set to rise by £1.1 billion by 2013 and the extra cost could hit other frontline council services.
  • London's waste is calling

    London sends more waste to landfill than any other major European city, according to a study published by a waste management firm Suez Environnement. Suez Environnement has published the study called Municipal waste in Europe looking
  • Manufacturers call for radical overhaul of Government's waste strategy

    A radical overhaul is needed of Government waste strategy to ensure business and the UK economy as a whole can benefit from opportunities through sustainable waste management and resource efficiency, manufacturers believe. In a report submitted to Government ministers
  • New AD trade association aims to help develop infrastructure

    A new anaerobic digestion and biogas trade body is aiming to generate 20 per cent of the UKs gas demand from biogas by 2020.The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) is a trade association for those involved in the design and build of Britains biogas infrastructure. It hopes to help farmers raise finances for AD and help with the education, development and quality standards associated with these te
  • ODA commits to halving waste to landfill

    The Olympic Delivery Authority has committed to halving waste to landfill under the Waste & Resources Action Programmes initiative.Almost 200 firms across the construction industry have signed up to the commitment and it is hoped the addition of the ODA will play a key role in encouraging others to do the same. ODA head of sustainable development and regeneration Da
  • Olympic medalist Roger Black opens £15m materials recycling facility

    Former 400m Olympic medalist Roger Black has opened a £15 million materials recycling facility in Southampton. The new facility is owned by paper recovery firm SCA Recycling and marks the firms expansion into the recovery of plastics, metals and glass.
  • Sita expect to hear from GMWDA later this month

    Waste firm Sita is expecting to hear a defence from the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority later this month in relation to the legal action it took against the authority in September. Sita began legal action against the GMWDA after missing out on the £3.8 billion Greater Manchester Waste pr
  • Sita officially opens £70 million EfW extension

    Sita UK has officially opened its new £70 million extension at its Tees Valley energy from waste facility.The extension treats 136,000 tonnes of waste per year, enabling the facility to handle 390,000 tonnes of waste annually, increasing the plants capacity by 140,000 tonnes. Additionally it is now capable of generating 30 MW of electricity. Sita UK chief executive David Palmer-J
  • Straight achieves £17.2m revenue in 2009's first half

    Recycling container supplier Straight, achieved a 27 per cent revenue increase in the first half of the year from the same period in 2008. Up to the end of June 2009 Straight reports revenue of £17.2m against 2008s figure of £13.5m.Straight chairman James Newman said: These results represent an excellent performance in difficult economic conditions. To date, the second half of the year has continued in line with the b
  • Tesco launches "buy one get one free - later" scheme to tackle waste

    Britains biggest retailer Tesco has unveiled plans to cut the amount of food waste in Britain by introducing a buy one get one free later scheme. The BOGOFL offer means customers will be encouraged to pick up the second item at a later date
  • Tesco teams up with BatteryBack

    Retail giant Tesco has joined the BatteryBack producer compliance scheme. Tesco purchasing manager Huw Clifford said: We believe major retailers will be key in helping Britain reach its annual battery recycling target. Tesco will be rolling out battery collection points across all stores in advance
  • Waste industry gives mixed response to landfill material ban plans

    The waste industry has given a mixed response to the Governments proposals to ban certain materials from landfill. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn reiterated at a waste summit meeting in London that materials such as paper, food, glass, aluminium or wood could potentially be banned (

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