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Materials Recycling World
18 July 2008

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  • Biffa builds 'UK's most advanced MRF'

    Biffa is to begin building the UKs most state-of-the-art recycling plant in Manchester in August. It is hoped the facility, which will take waste from the firms customers in the Greater Manchester area, will have a 90 per cent recycling rate. It has the capacity to process 200,000 tonnes of waste each year and will be based at Trafford Park.Biffa engineering director Dr John Casey said: The plant uses
  • Council gives consent for Viridor AD facility

    Viridor Waste Management has received planning consent from the London Borough of Sutton to move ahead with the development of an anaerobic digestion facility in Beddington.The planning consent will allow the development of the site to provide additional recycling and recovery facilities. The anaerobic digestion plant will extend the capacity of the renewable energy power plant already on site and re-phase landfill operations.Viridor external affairs manager Dan Cooke
  • Damages of £54m demanded as EfW performance questioned

    A Welsh Council has issued a £54 million writ against two subsidiaries of the Currie & Brown Group responsible for a due diligence report for investors on the Crymlyn Burrows materials recovery and energy centre (pictured).The money represents damages which, according to Neath Port Talbot Council corporate director Will Watson, were a result of the energy from waste facility not performing to its contractual performance targets.The £32 million plant, near Neath, opened
  • Defra takes next steps with AD

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced the next phase of its £10 million anaerobic digestion (AD) demonstrator project with bids invited for between three and six new schemes which will be built to showcase the advantages of using AD.Minister for Environment Joan Ruddock and Defra ministers Phil Woolas and Jeff Rooker met with key stakeholders on July 16 to discuss the future of the AD demonstrator projects and discuss how the UK can make greater
  • EC confirms EU green waste target

    A European Commission (EC) official has confirmed that the UK will have the option of including green waste towards the 50% target for municipal waste as set out in the revisions to the European Waste Framework Directive but that it will not be a statutory requirement.EC sustainable production and consumption policy officer Andreas Versmann told MRW that member states can include other waste streams such as biowaste in the scope of the target.Versmann said: Gr
  • EU Agency: UK tax model could boost CDE reuse

    Construction materials taxes, such as Britains aggregates tax, should be used widely to encourage the building sector to waste fewer materials, the European Environment Agency has said. In a report it said the British tax gave the construction sector confidence when purchasing materials since part of the levy revenues have been used to support the development of quality standards for recycled aggregates. The report said that such environmental taxation schemes can help improve the
  • Food grade plastic recyclers must follow EU rules

    Recycling companies wanting to use shredded waste plastics to make bottles or other containers will have to follow new European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) guidelines to ensure the materials are safe for consumers.The European Union (EU) agency has released detailed notes on a mandatory assessment that must be carried out on companies wanting to manufacture such food and drinks packaging for the EU market. New EU plastics regulation EC/282/2008 requires recycled plast
  • Huge metal theft closes Medway path

    Two high value metal thefts in less than a week have forced Medway Council to close Rochester Riverside walkway just five weeks after it opened.In the first robbery on July 8 thieves broke through security gates at Gas House Lane to take 100 steel posts and 148 steel handrails worth £100,000, which were being stored there before installation along the walkway.The council increased security at the site, adding a 24 hour security guard. However, on July 14 thieves unbolt
  • Judges to review Sussex EfW plans

    The High Court has granted a hearing for a case against the Newhaven energy-from-waste (EfW) facility planning application from Veolia Environmental Services.The Lewes District Friends of the Earth (FOE) group applied for the judicial review because it said the planning committee which looked at the EfW proposal had ignored long term regional recycling targets. It claimed that building the plant would encourage burning waste rather than recycling it, which would undermine recyclin
  • Leeds appeals for tenders for waste contract

    Leeds City Council is advertising for tenders for its long-term waste treatment contract after the Government awarded £68.6 million in private finance initiative credits to deal with the citys household waste.The council has not made a decision on preferred treatment technologies and is remaining neutral on possible solutions. Officers and councillors have been visiting various facilities across the country looking at alternative technologies, including energy-from-waste, mechanic
  • Linpac calls for better quality recycled waste collections

    Plastic recycling company Linpac Packaging Recycling has called on the Government to increase single material collections rather than commingled collections. The Yorkshire based company believes that improving the way household waste is collected for recycling will increase the value of the material. Linpac is calling for an increase in single material collections in line with practice in countries like Holland and Belgium.Linpac Packaging Recycling purchasing
  • Minister calls for councils to use AD in Wales

    Councils in Wales are being urged to turn food waste into energy and use anaerobic digestion (AD) technology. Speaking at conference in Cardiff (July 10) the Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, Jane Davidson, said a new approach was needed to see waste as a valuable resource rather than something that needed to be disposed of as cheaply as possible.Davidson also met with local authority cabinet members to discuss how they could improve recycling facilities in Wal
  • More EA discretion for overseas recycling welcomed

    Amendments to the Packaging Regulations have given the Environment Agency (EA) more discretion to decide whether metals recycled overseas meet the standards required to count towards UK targets. Welcomed by organisations Alupro and the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), the move means that where paperwork proving overseas environmental standards is very difficult to acquire the EA can choose to waive the requirement. This means, tonnages recycled can now be recorded more
  • Oxfordshire gets by with a little help from her friends!

    Friendly rivalry and peer pressure among councils in Oxfordshire have helped the county to achieve a 40% recycling rate, according to Oxford City Council councillor John Tanner.Tanner is also the chairman of Oxfordshire Waste Partnership (OWP), a partnership of six councils within the county, which works to reduce waste and increase recycling. The new recycling figures feature in the OWPs first annual reportPeer pressure among councils has helped them to improve their
  • Pilot text scheme jogs Cardiffs memory

    To avoid confusion about which days recycling and waste collections are made Cardiff Council has launched a pilot text message reminder scheme.Residents can register by texting or emailing their postcode to the Tidy Text scheme, which sends back the times and dates of collections specifically for their address. Reminders can also be sent weekly if required.Behind the reminders is a database, covering the city, which links addresses to the collection rounds in each boun
  • Planning application submitted for Merseyside EfW

    Energy technology business Energos has submitted a planning application for a new energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Merseyside at Knowsley Business Park to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.The firm is part of the north-west based renewable company Ener-g plc. It plans to invest £40 million in the new facility which would convert residual waste into electricity for up to 10,000 homes, as well as heat for local industry. Managing director Nick Dawber said that one
  • Progress on Waste Strategy is good, says Government

    In its annual report on the Waste Strategy 2007/08, the Government has said it is making good progress in the main [performance] indicators.In nine out of the 15 national level indicators the Government had reached its desired targets. However, the remaining six were either below target or there was insufficient data to provide results. Progress highlights included a 22% decrease in household waste per head from 2000/01 to 2006/07 and early indications that
  • Recognise importance of reuse to resolve bulky waste problem

    Reuse has normally been viewed as the Cinderella of the waste hierarchy, said London Community Recycling Network (LCRN), a London-based sustainable community based charity, chief executive Matthew Thomson.   But theres hope in the form of a new report entitled Third sector reuse capacity in London that a prince will rescue this Cinderella. This is the first comprehensive study into the work of charities, social enterprises and community groups providing reuse facilities in London.
  • Recycling Action Yorkshire gets cash boost

    An "unprecedented" £9.8 million cash injection over three years will see Recycling Action Yorkshire (RAY) rebrand, expand and offer increased resource efficiency support to businesses in the region. RAY will become Resource Efficiency Yorkshire (REY) with a remit to develop demand for resource efficiency, new technology, services and build support capacity for organisations like Business Link Yorkshire. Another key element of the project is to align support and investment.
  • Retail giant reduces plastic bag use

    Marks & Spencer has seen its shoppers reduce their use of plastic bags by 80% since introducing a five pence charge in May.The retailer introduced the charge in all of its stores with the aim of encouraging customers to reduce the number of bags they use and help the environment.Other major chains such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys have refused to charge for their bags and have claimed that voluntary measures introduced in their stores are helping to reduce plastic bag us
  • UK mobile phone recycling beats world average

    Low mobile phone recycling rates in the UK still beat rates for the rest of the world, where half of people asked in a global survey were unaware that their mobiles could be recycled.Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia surveyed 6,500 people in 13 countries and found that just 3% of people recycle their old phones. UK mobile owners fared better, with a fifth unaware they could recycle their phones and 9% saying they did recycle their mobile.The findings showed t
  • UK on course to meet battery target

    The Government is moving in the right direction to achieve the UK battery target but needs to educate the general public about the benefits of recycling batteries, claims a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) producer compliance scheme chief executive.WeeeCare chief executive Peter Hunt said that the UK can reach its EU target to collect 25% of waste portable batteries by 2012.Peter Hunt said: So far so good - we are going in the right direction.W
  • Viridor shoots and scores!

    Viridor Waste Management gave organisers of the Salford mini-soccer festival a helping hand by ensuring waste collection was provided for the event. An appearance from legendary ex-England goalkeeper, Peter Shilton (pictured in
  • Website maps sites to swap waste building materials

    A website mapping UK construction activity plans to reduce building waste by making it easier for companies to securely identify and transfer unused or unwanted materials between sites.Launched today, the Earth Exchange website works with Google maps to show where present and future building sites with available soil and aggregates are in the UK. By registering, users can upload information about material they have or specify what they need and search to find a company with a surp

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