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Materials Recycling World
24 July 2009

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  • Barrow-based waste firm bosses jailed

    Three managers from Barrow-based waste firm CAW have been jailed for trying to cheat Cumbria County Council out of £100,000 by charging for rubbish not collected. Managing director David Armer, general manager Donald Kershaw and transport manager Peter Newton were jailed for between six and 15 month
  • 'Biggest AD plant in the UK' to be built in Selby

    North Yorkshire County Council has approved planning permission to build the UKs largest anaerobic digestion plant at a cost of £20 million in Selby.Selby Renewable Energy Park will build on an area of the former Tate and Lyle citric acid plant where there is an already existing AD plant currently being updated. Proposals are to build two new anaerobic digestors, so the plant will be able to treat up to a tota
  • Brazil waste: shipping company to bring it back

    The shipping company, which originally took the illegally exported UK waste over to Brazil will pay the cost of returning it to the UK, the Environment Agency has said.Environment Agency head of waste and resource management Liz Parkes told MRW: At the moment the waste, is under the control of the Brazilian authorities and we need to bring it back legally, which takes time. When all the paperwork concern
  • BT recycles 50% of its waste

    BT has announced in its Corporate Responsibility Report that it has recycled 50 per cent of its waste in the last financial year. The firms Sustainability report 2009 shows that it produced 71,314 tonnes of waste in the last financial year and recycled half of it.
  • Clinical waste management firm doubles capacity

    Clinical waste management company GW Butler has acquired waste management company Medical Waste Solutions.The acquisition has doubled GWBs capacity, so it now covers the Midlands and London as well as North England.GWBs commercial director Matthew Miles said: GWB has maintained a strong service ethos that you might expect from a family business thats been operating since 1933. Its spearheaded by a great management
  • Conservative Party launches waste vision

    A Conservative Government will move away from seeing regulation as the principal option for dealing with waste and implement more voluntary agreements, according to Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Nick Herbert. Herbert was speaking at a think thank Policy Exchange e
  • Consortium members abandon Corus's Teesside plant

    Corus four consortium members have abandoned the Teesside Cast Products plant after talks to assess how it can be saved failed.At a meeting with Corus on 23 July, the consortium members decided they would be unable to guarantee long-term offtake at a sufficient volume.The aim of the meeting was to find a way to provide a sustainable future for the plant, since the consortium members pulled ou
  • Construction website believes materials reuse is on the up

    Construction material recycling and reuse website Earth Exchange has diverted 81,000 tonnes of construction waste from landfill over the past year.The website, which allows construction sites to swap unwanted materials with one another, has calculated that 156,000 tonnes of virgin materials have been exchanged. As a result of reduced road haulage, this has saved 433.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions, with the approximate cost sa
  • Defra publishes hazardous waste management consultation

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a consultation on a proposed strategy for hazardous wastemanagement in England. It has been produced to underpin the practical application of the revised Waste
  • Hippowaste celebrates record month

    Waste management company Hippowaste is celebrating its best month of trading ever in its six year history. The Fareham-based firm had a record 14,000 Hippobags booked in June, collecting waste from homes, construction sites and work places to be recycled.Hippowaste executive chairman Stephen Noar said: Generally, people are thinking more carefully about the true cost of waste disposal and arent w
  • Huge blaze at West Midlands recycling plant

    A severe fire at a recycling plant, which housed recycled asbestos has caused around 80 residents to be evacuated.The fire at AWM Recycling in Wednesbury, Walsall broke out in the early hours of 22 July and the West Midlands Ambulance Service reported that 70 to 80 Black Country residents have been evacuated. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: The fire has caused a
  • Illegal scrap yard closed down

    The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted two brothers for running an illegal scrap yard.William and Stephen Walker both from Sheffield have been given six months to clear the site after the brothers failed to get a waste management licence after the EA advised the brothers on many occasions that it was necessary.EA representative Craig Burman said: This is a novel outcome which reflects the
  • London waste's journey to be tracked

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is to trial its new Trash Track technology in London.Working in conjunction with New Scientist magazine, the Institute will be attaching special electronic tags to parts of the citys rubbish in an attempt to find out exactly where peoples household rubbish goes. The major project is also being trialled in New York and Seattle.Head of the MIT SENSEable City lab P
  • M&S and Oxfam start soft furnishing recycling scheme

    Marks & Spencer and Oxfam are offering M&S vouchers to shoppers who recycle old curtains, cushions, throws and bed linen. The M&S and Oxfam soft furnishings exchange is designed to raise money for Oxfams charity work and to reduce the amount of textiles sent to landfill.
  • New "radical" approach for waste technical competence

    A new competence management system has been developed by the waste management industry to allow operators to meet their operator requirements under the environmental permitting legislation (2008). The CMS scheme been formed by the Energy & Utility Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the gas, power
  • Oxo-biodegradable plastics industry under fire

    European Bioplasticss wish to distance itself from the oxo-biodegradable plastics industry has sparked criticism from some in the oxo-biodegradable industry.In a position paper launched on 22 July, the oxo-biodegradable industry -  according to trade association European Bioplastics - h
  • Plasterboard recycled to help cement-making process

    Minerals Resource Management, sister company to Hanson Cement, has opened an inorganic waste recycling factory, creating a product to slow the cement-making process.Based at Kirkby, near Liverpool the plant produces Cemset from plasterboard, which retards the cement setting time. MRM sales manager Juliet Currie said: Deliveries of plasterboard started within hours of the factory openin
  • Policy Exchange: Incineration tax will encourage recycling

    Incineration tax should be introduced in the UK to encourage recycling, according to a new report by think tank Policy Exchange. The report called A wasted opportunity? How to get the most out of Britains bins recommends the radical overhaul of the waste system to reduce the cost to Britains
  • REY launches £9.8m business development programme

    Business improvement programme Resource Efficiency Yorkshire has officially launched its £9.8 million business development programme with the publication of a new report titled Meet REY. The report details how REY has a three year plan to help businesses make the resource efficiency shift tha
  • Sainsbury's chief executive dismisses plastic bag debate

    Plastic bags are a poor measure of a supermarkets real greenness, according to Sainsburys chief executive Justin King. Writing in The Mirror (23 July), King said:
  • Sony:UK consumers hoard small electrical products instead of recycling them

    More than 25 per cent of UK consumers store old TVs, laptops, and video/DVD players in their homes rather than recycling them, electrical producer Sony UK has found. Sony conducted consumer awareness research to find out how environme
  • Third sector welcomes Government consultation on revised WFD

    Members of the third sector have welcomed the Governments consultation on the revised Waste Framework Directive which proposes to change the waste hierarchy to include preparing for reuse. Under the new proposals the revised WFD formally incorporates a five stage waste hierarchy, ranging from preven
  • Three bidders in frame for Leicestershire waste contract

    Leicestershire County Council has shortlisted three waste firms for its private finance initiative waste contract.The shortlisted bidders are:* Biffa;* United Utilities/John Laing Investments; and* Veolia The three remaining contractors have been chosen from a list of eight and are interested in developing a multi-million pound facility to treat up to 180,000 tonnes of waste each year by 2040.A Leicestershire County Council spo
  • Three men arrested in Brazil waste case

    Three men from the Swindon area have been arrested as part of investigations into the illegally exported waste found in Brazil. (see MRW story)The Environment Agencys National Environmental Crime Team raided premises, with help from the Wiltshire Police, and arrested a 49-year old man, a 28-year old man and a 24-year old man. The men cannot be identified for legal reasons. Environment Agency head of waste and resource management Liz Parkes said: Todays ar
  • Up to 300 scrap metal yards could close if permits amended, according to BMRA

    The British Metal Recycling Association has warned that if the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs plans to change permit regulations for scrap metal yards go ahead up to 300 metal recycling businesses could be pushed into requiring evidence of planning permission. Defra has been working with the Environment Agency and the Welsh Assembly Government in order to tidy up permitting regulations. However, the BMRA is concerned about the possibility that
  • WEEE Ireland outlines its twin challenges

    Waste electrical and electronic equipment compliance scheme WEEE Ireland chief executive Leo Donovan said his firm faces the twin challenges of finding good markets for end of life materials and adapting to new electrical products on the market. WEEE Ireland has 75 per cent of the market and is the

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