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Issue : 20 April 2007

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  • Councillors approve £750m waste PFI contract for CambridgeshireSubscription

    News20 April, 2007

    Cambridge County Council chiefs have given the green light for a proposed 28-year Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract with Donarbon to deal with the areas waste. If the contract receives approval from Full Council at its meeting ...

  • Dorset Sainsbury's store becomes first outside of London to compost food wasteSubscription

    News20 April, 2007

    Supermarket giant Sainsburys has named its Ferndown branch in Dorset as the first of its stores outside London to organically recycle unwanted food products. It said if the scheme is successful it could be extended locally but wherever possible unsold good food would continue to be donated to worthy causes. Ferndown branch has secured a contract with organics recycling firm Eco Composting (Eco) to handle its waste food on a trial basis. ...

  • Ultimatum for London freesheetsSubscription

    News20 April, 2007

    Londons free evening newspapers have been given an ultimatum to strike a deal to help recycle the waste they create or face curbs on distribution by Westminster City Council. Negotiations between the council and the publishers of The London ...

  • Aylesford and Accord sign 15-year dealSubscription

    News19 April, 2007

    Accord has signed a 15-year contract with Aylesford Newsprint for the supply of kerbside collected newspapers and magazines from the Gloucester area. Public services company Accord has a streetcare contract with Gloucester City Council that includes street cleansing, ground maintenance and recycling. Accord will collect source segregated material from 52,000 households using a three-compartment collection vehicle to keep the paper separate.

  • Registration now open for budding DCFsSubscription

    News19 April, 2007

    The first registration period for sites wanting to become Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs) for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is now open. Potential DCFs have until May 4 2007 to register in order to be operational ...

  • Thousands of retailers join DTSSubscription

    News19 April, 2007

    Over 2,300 retailers have joined the Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS) for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) - well in excess of the number needed to make the scheme viable. Registered retailers include big names such as ...

  • Wirral may fine its own refuse workers for dropping litter - COMMENT UPDATESubscription

    News19 April, 2007

    Refuse collection workers in the Wirral, North West England, who drop litter while doing their job could be served with fixed penalty notices. Wirral Council made the decision last week in response to complaints from residents and in anticipation of paper and packaging collections that were introduced on Monday. Under the scheme paper and packaging is placed in grey bins loose and the council is concerned the material could more easily fall out during ...

  • Fire at Viridor landfill siteSubscription

    News18 April, 2007

    Viridor is to carry out a full investigation into a fire that engulfed an articulated lorry and ignited the surrounding area at its Masons landfill site last Tuesday morning. The fire started at around 9am underneath the cab of the vehicle which then spread to the fuel tanks and ignited the surrounding surface area of the landfill. Viridor staff initially tried to tackle the blaze, which created plumes of smoke visible for some distance, with water bowsers ...

  • Tesco aims to cut own brand packaging by 25%Subscription

    News18 April, 2007

    Tescos announcement that it is to reduce packaging on branded and own label products by 25% has been welcomed by recycling body the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The supermarket giant made the announcement in its preliminary financial results for 2006/7 on Tuesday where it revealed record profits of £2.55 billion - or £4,800 a minute. Tesco aims to reduce packaging by a quarter on branded and own label products by 2010 and has also introduced a labelling ...

  • Man loses appeal against litter fine - COMMENT UPDATESubscription

    News17 April, 2007

    Councils who fine householders for wrong recycling have been defended by the Local Government Association (LGA) after a man fined for the practice in Swansea lost his appeal. In October 2006 Michael Reeves was fined £100 and ordered to pay £100 in costs for mixing paper with bottles and cans and putting his recycling out a day early. The appeal judge has now ordered the 29-year-old sports reporter who has been dubbed by some as a recycling martyr - to pay a further ...

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