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Issue : 18 July 2008

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  • Recognise importance of reuse to resolve bulky waste problemSubscription

    News18 July, 2008

    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 ...

  • Oxfordshire gets by with a little help from her friends!Subscription

    News18 July, 2008

    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 ...

  • UK on course to meet battery targetSubscription

    News18 July, 2008

    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.

  • Defra takes next steps with ADSubscription

    News18 July, 2008

    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 ...

  • Council gives consent for Viridor AD facilitySubscription

    News18 July, 2008

    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 ...

  • Leeds appeals for tenders for waste contractSubscription

    News18 July, 2008

    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, ...

  • Recycling Action Yorkshire gets cash boost Subscription

    News17 July, 2008

    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. ...

  • Biffa builds 'UK's most advanced MRF'Subscription

    News17 July, 2008

    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 ...

  • Planning application submitted for Merseyside EfWSubscription

    News16 July, 2008

    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 ...

  • Pilot text scheme jogs Cardiffs memory Subscription

    News16 July, 2008

    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 ...

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