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Materials Recycling World
22 June 2007

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  • Be a greenie not a meanie: Carmarthenshire residents encouraged to recycle more

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No its a greenie! The eco-friendly greenie is flying into Carmarthenshire, Wales , to encourage residents to recycle more.
  • CDs go green at Asda

    Asda will become the first UK supermarket to stock a new range of environmentally friendly CD packaging.
  • CIWM training helps construction professionals tackle waste

    The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) is launching a training course to help equip construction professionals for potential changes in Government legislation as well as covering waste management and minimisation. This launch comes ahead of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs proposals to introduce Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs). Proposals would require managers of construction projects worth more than £250,000 to assess h
  • Complete metals recycling plant exported to China

    A complete fine metal recycling plant has been exported to China by UK manufacturers Master Magnets. Ghangzhou Asia Steel, a large steel recycler, ordered the plant to increase overall product value by recycling finer scrap metal particles sized between 12mm and 30mm. Master Magnets sales manager Jim Wyllie said: This order comes as a result of a lot of work in the Far East and follows the successful installation of a second hand End of Life Vehicle (ELV) plant a few years ag
  • CRT Recycling market changes

    Glass technologist, CRT Recycling, has announced a £1.5 million investment in an industrial scale recycling plant for cathode ray tube ( CRT
  • Currys to launch first in-store WEEE collection

    Retailer Currys has announced it will launch the first UK in-store based recycling scheme for end-of-life electrical products. The scheme will work with the Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) directive and launch on June 28, before the WEEE directive comes in to effect on July 1. Customers will be able to return products free of charge either to Currys shops or if having new products delivered they can arrange to have their equivalent old product collected.
  • Essex salad grower pioneers green compost project

    A salad grower based near Colchester is pioneering an innovative project to encourage farmers to use green waste compost on their crops.
  • Gaskell obtains commercial division of Mersey Waste

    Gaskells Waste Services is expanding following the acquisition of the commercial waste collection division of Mersey Waste Holdings. Mersey Wastes principal activity of managing 750,000 tonnes per annum of domestic waste for disposal and recycling, under contra
  • Glastonbury leftovers to be put to good use

    Glastonbury could start a new festival food waste recycling trend as it is sending this years food waste to be turned into compost for growing turf. Up to 100 tonnes of the food waste from the three day event will be processed by Eco Composting (Eco), at its site in nearby Dorset. There it will be treated under EU Category 3 standards and heated to 70 degrees celsius before being allowed to rest for up to four months. After screening for plastics
  • Grosvenor bags top technology award

    Grosvenor Waste Management has won a top technology award for its £1.3million plastic sorting line. Grosvenor managing director John Viviani collected the award for Best Technology Application at The Plastics Industry Awards 2007, held at the London Hilton, Park Lane. The prize winning system is in Grosvenors Materials Recycling Facility in Crayford, Kent, and uses two TiTech Coloursort units. The units separate plastic bottles into four grades (PET clear, PET
  • Mayor rejects Government's London Waste and Recycling Board

    Government plans to set up a statutory London Waste and Recycling Board have been greeted with delight and dismay. The new Board will manage the £19 million London Waste and Recycling Fund and will help to deliver increased sustainable waste management. It may also provide strategic advice for the London Boroughs and the Mayor, said the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw. However, despite the plans being
  • Murfitt fined for illegal tyre storage

    Tyre recycling firm Murfitt Industries has been fined a total of £5,000 for illegally storing shredded tyres near homes, a lake and nature reserve. Murfitt was fined £4,000 for storing waste without a waste management licence and £1,000 for failing to remove waste tyres. Mildenhall Magistrates court, in Suffolk, also awarded a further £2,718 in costs to the Environment Agency which brought the case. The Murfitt site in Station Road, Lakenheath,
  • Net Waste Method launched to help reach waste neutrality

    Construction professionals working towards waste neutrality have been offered assistance in the guise of the Net Waste Method, launched by the Wastes & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). WRAP head of construction Mike Watson explained: As a result of its appearance in public policy documents such as Defras Waste Strategy, the goal of waste neutrality is gaining increasing recognition in the construction industry. This has generated a growing need for a clear d
  • New Forest four year glass contract won

    A four year contract to collect recyclable glass for the New Forest District Council has been awarded to Waste Services. The contract demanded high environmental standards for the area, which includes the popular New Forest park woodland and heath. A Waste Services skip vehicle will visit New Forest Councils recycling centres in towns and villages depending to their popularity. A fast response service will ensure that glass banks which fill quickly, for example
  • NISP to head to China

      The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) will be heading to China in an
  • RWM hosts Variety Club charity dinner

    A charity dinner is to be held during the annual RWM exhibition in aid of the Variety Club. The night will be a not-for-profit event, with all the profits raised going directly to charity. It will take place on September 12 at the Gallery Suite in the NEC, where the exhibition is being held. To raise money there will be a charity auction, table sales and raffles and some companies have already donated prizes for the event. Prize donations are we
  • Seed of recycling message is planted

    A flower bed planted with the recycling logo and words Recycle Now will continue to spread the recycling message after initially promoting Recycle Now Week. Planted by Telford & Wrekin Council, the eyecatching flower bed is prominently placed next to traffic lights in the area of Ketley.
  • Small businesses in London fail to recycle - COMMENT UPDATE

    A significant number of small businesses based in London are not taking the initiative to manage the waste they produce because they lack facilities, advice and motivation, according to the London Assembly.
  • SMEs show green intent but lack regs know-how

    A YouGov survey has found that small business owners are concerned about the environment but many admit they arent familiar with the relevant industry regulations. Government website NetRegs commissioned the survey, which found that 74% of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) polled felt good environmental practice was important. While 79% said they knew more about environmental issues than they did five years ago. A huge majority, 86%, said it was importan
  • Software makes LATS calculations easier

    Capita Symonds has developed a Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) software model to help local authorities manage strategy and LATS. The program is still at the development stage but the designers said there has already been interest and that they have been getting feedback on their work so far. The model calculates whether there is likely to be a LATS surplus or deficit, from this it is possible to estimate whether to buy or sell LATS. So
  • Too many sheets on our streets, Westminster Council says

    Westminster City Council has pledged its support for a campaign group that wants more freesheet newspapers to be recycled in the capital. Campaign group Project Freesheet is urging people interested in recycling to participate in the campaign to raise issues of
  • Waste container rental service launched by Taylor

    A new waste container rental service has been launched today by provider Taylor, waste containment and recycling solutions. The UK nationwide rental service is aimed at waste contractors, recycling service providers, brokers and local authorities and allows bus
  • 'What not to waste' challenge makes Wandsworth residents halve rubbish

    Families in Wandsworth, South London , have halved their rubbish waste in just six weeks, by participating in an environmental makeover challenge.
  • Worms are killing the planet, says top researcher - COMMENT UPDATE

    Worm composting could be doing more harm than good to the environment, a leading researcher claimed today. Jim Frederickson, senior research fellow at the Open Universities faculty of technology, said: Worms produce a significant amount of greenhouse gases. Rec

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