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Materials Recycling World
20 April 2007

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  • Aylesford and Accord sign 15-year deal

    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. It e
  • Councillors approve £750m waste PFI contract for Cambridgeshire

    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 on May 15,
  • Dorset Sainsbury's store becomes first outside of London to compost food waste

    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. Collectio
  • Fire at Viridor landfill site

    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 and
  • Man loses appeal against litter fine - COMMENT UPDATE

    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 £350.
  • Recycled materials may become bricks of the future - COMMENT UPDATE

    A building block made almost entirely of recycled materials that is six times as strong and uses less energy to produce than concrete blocks could be available in three years. The Bitublock can be made from glass, metal, slag, sewage sludge, incinerator ash and pulverised power station fuel ash. University of Leeds civil engineer Dr John Forth, who has been helping to develop the Bitublock, believes it could revolutionise the building industry by providing a su
  • Registration now open for budding DCFs

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

    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 s
  • Thousands of retailers join DTS

    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 Argos, C
  • Ultimatum for London freesheets

    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 Pape
  • Veolia picks up health and safety awards

    Ten gold health and safety awards were scooped last week by waste management firm Veolia Environmental Services for the second year running. Gold awards presented by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) are made to recognise achievement in occupational health and safety. Veolia chief executive Cyrille du Peloux said: Historically, the waste industrys health and safety record has come in for criticism. I am therefore very pleased that Veolia
  • WEEE may do more harm than good - charity COMMENT UPDATE

    The WEEE directive aimed at curbing electrical waste may actually damage the environment while wrecking educational opportunities for African schoolchildren. This is according to childrens educational charity Digital Links International which takes computers donated from UK companies and refurbishes them for African school children. The Waste Electrical Equipment Directive (WEEE) places responsibility for disposing of redundant electrical equipment on the manu
  • Wirral may fine its own refuse workers for dropping litter - COMMENT UPDATE

    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 collectio
  • WRAP appoint Liz Goodwin as chief executive

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has appointed Dr Liz Goodwin as its chief executive with immediate effect.  Former MRW-columnist Goodwin had been acting as interim chief executive since Jennie Price left last month and joined WRAP as director of materials in 2001 a year after the not for profit firm was established. In this role she headed up a number of core WRAP programmes focussing on overcoming market barriers and boosting the UKs reprocessing capa
  • WRAP trials to focus on SMEs

    A second phase of trials designed to encourage small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to recycle has been launched across the UK by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Some 16 organisations are taking part in the six-month long demonstration trials building on work into best practices carried out in the first phase. The aim is to develop convenient and cost effective recycling services on a wider scale to make it easier for more of the countrys S

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