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Materials Recycling World
27 July 2007

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  • After the storm comes the calm

    The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) is helping people affected by the floods by supporting charitable reuse organisations to distribute furniture and electrical goods. From Hull to Doncaster, the FRN is helping those who are returning back to their flood wrecked homes by getting charities to donate useful items, such as beds, sofas and fridges. Chief executive Paul Smith said: We are working in conjunction with the Eternal Benefits charity and Hull City Council to distribute furniture to people
  • Anti-aircraft shells, shotgun cartridges and bullets found at MRF

    Anti-aircraft shells, shotgun cartridges and bullets were discovered on the sorting line of a materials recycling facility (MRF) run by Grosvenor Waste Management in Fengate, Peterborough, yesterday. Staff were evacuated and the police called in the bomb squad from RAF Wittering to deal with the find. The MRF was shut down for two hours while X-rays were taken. Luckily they showed that the munitions no longer contained explosives. Police had also stopped lorries visiting the site until it was d
  • Bride and green can reduce wedding impact, says campaign

    With the wedding season underway, Waste Awareness Wales (WAW) has launched an eco-weddings campaign to encourage couples to go green and reduce the huge impact that the big day can have on the environment. WAW manager Anna Richards said that just a few small changes could make a real difference. "With all that paper used for the invitations, metres of fabric for the dresses and hundreds of flowers for the bouquets and floral displays, not to mention the travelling to and from the ceremony, its
  • Cumbria attempts to claim £3.2 million refund from CAW

    A claim for £3.2 million has been made against waste managers CAW by Cumbria County Council for fraudulent overcharging between April 2002 and December 2006. CAW had run seven of the councils domestic waste sites until January 15 2007 when its contracts were terminated forcing the sites to close for three days. CAW contracts were stopped following notification from the police and trading standards on January 4 that there was an investigation into CAWs provision of services. The High Court wri
  • Design development contract is signed for MBT plant in Scotland

    A waste management technology company based in Manchester has signed a £500,000 design development contract to build a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant in Scotland. Oaktech signed the contract with Avondale Environmental, a land management company, to develop the £18 million facility, which would treat around 70,000 tonnes of waste a year at Avondales landfill near Falkirk. Layout drawing designs of the ArrowBio MBT plant have been produced by Oaktech, as part of its design developme
  • Dorset Forums make business recycling easier

    A project in East Dorset has helped one business increase recycling by 50% while slashing its waste budget and is similarly helping other local businesses. The Arena Business Centre was assisted by the Ferndown and Verwood Business Forums, which help local businesses raise their recycling rates, by finding ways to make recycling easier and cheaper. Project leader for the Forum, East Dorset District Council economic development officer Stuart Burley said: Our research has shown that the majorit
  • Green Cone lands in Wiltshire

    Wiltshire County Council is encouraging householders to get rid of their food waste by trialling out a food waste digester system. The Green Cone has been subsidised by the council for distribution to Wiltshire residents. It is used in the garden, and reduces food waste to its natural components of water and carbon dioxide, leaving only a small residue at the bottom of the unit. In a bid to divert waste from landfill, the council thinks that up to a third of the contents of an average househol
  • Green Waste collections rise with wheeled bin introduction

    Since introducing a wheeled bin garden waste collection service, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has seen its participation rate rise to more than 80%. The fortnightly wheeled bin garden waste collection service, launched during February and March, replaced an existing service where residents booked a collection and put green waste into bags. The contract to provide more than 86,000, 240-litre wheeled bins was completed by Plastic Omnium, with bins delivered over an eight-week period. Co
  • Lack of recycling and waste awareness rife in construction says report

    Two-thirds of construction businesses do not know what a site waste management plan is, according to a report by the British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA). The report, Waste Management in Urban Regeneration, also said that more than 60% of construction businesses do not realise that such plans will become a legal requirement next year. As well as the legal implications of a lack of awareness of recycling and waste regulations, the report found that construction companies are missing ou
  • Large European recycled fibres company sold in $38 million deal

    American company Wellman Incorporated has sold its European recycled fibres business in a $38 million deal to German based Aurelius. The recycled fibres business, Wellman International, generates a turnover of about €110 million a year and has about 380 employees. PET bottles, collected in Europe, are processed at two of the companys plants in Spijk, Holland, and Verdun, France. The recycled material is used to produce polyester fibres or PET packaging. Polyester fibres made from recycled mat
  • MDJ Light Brothers save and create jobs

    Sussex-based waste and recycling specialist MDJ Light Brothers has saved, and created, jobs after taking over technology recycling facility UK Recycle IT in Aylesford, Kent, as part of a strategic business investment. In April 2007, Light Brothers assumed full ownership and management control of UK Recycle IT, which inspects, refurbishes and recycles redundant office electronic equipment such as computers. As a result, four full-time jobs were saved, three more have since been created, and the
  • Northern Europe's first tyre freezing plant opens today - COMMENT UPDATE

    A £4 million tyre recycling plant that freezes old tyres before breaking them up has opened today in Baglan, south Wales. TyreGenics said that its plant is the first of its type in Northern Europe, and will reprocess four million used tyres each year into rubber crumb, putting Wales at the forefront of automotive recycling. The plant is a joint venture between majority shareholder and tyre recycler Credential Environmental (CE), industrial gases expert BOC, Canadian-based artificial sports pitc
  • Proposed changes to competence requirements for waste sites revealed

    Proposed changes to technical competence requirements for waste sites have been released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in a consultation document. The changes will affect waste management operators, regulators and those with an interest in environmental compliance and permitting systems. Defras fourth Environmental Permitting Programme (EPP) consultation aims to reduce red tape without changing the levels of protection. EPP guidance will replace existing l
  • Rise in Wales' recycled aggregate use, finds survey

    There has been an increase in material used in Wales as recycled aggregates to almost 4.5 million tonnes in 2005, suggested a Welsh Government survey. The survey looked at arisings and the use of recycled aggregates during 2005. It also indicated that there has been a near doubling of arisings of construction and demolition waste between 2001 and 2005 to almost 10 million tonnes. Minister for sustainability and rural development Jane Davidson said: The findings suggest a change in the supply
  • SLR Consulting extends energy from waste services

    Born and Ermel, a German energy from waste (EfW) specialist, and SLR Consulting, an environmental consultancy, have signed an agreement to extend their EfW services. The two companies will work together to provide a comprehensive service to the private, commercial and public sectors on EfW systems and their design, planning, implementation and management. SLR is involved in the planning of six large-scale EfW plants across the UK. It has received enquiries from local authorities and property d
  • Somerset first to set up a single waste services board

    In a first of its kind agreement, all the local authority executives of Somerset voted to combine management and waste services under a single Somerset Waste Board. Councils will delegate waste functions to the Board, which will manage recycling and waste collection for the 228,000 homes across the county. It aims to increase recycling levels to 50% and beyond, and to reduce waste being sent to landfill. The centrally run Somerset Waste Board will replace Somersets 10 previous waste and recycl
  • Three for two food offers do not contribute to household waste

    Supermarket food promotions do not contribute to household waste, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Offers on food such as three for two or buy one get one free (BOGOF) are preventing customers from wasting food. A spokesman said: Charging consumers more for food in order to reduce waste seems a rather dubious approach. Price promotions dont contribute to waste, they actually prevent it by encouraging consumers to purchase and use perishable products. The supply of fresh fruit
  • Viridor given consent to build an EfW and combined heat and power facility in Exeter

    Viridor Waste Management has been granted permission by Devon County Council to build an energy from waste (EfW) and combined heat and power facility in Exeter. The decision followed a nine month process including preparation of outline proposals, public consultation and submission of detailed application and supporting information. Expectations are that the new facility will be capable of handling 50,000 to 60,000 tonnes of local residual waste a year. It will generate power for the national
  • Warwickshire study finds food waste rates wanting

    Domestic waste habits across Warwickshire have been revealed by a county council analysis designed to find areas that the council needs to target. The Waste Composition Analysis sampled kerbside and waste recycling centres rubbish to find out where its services were effective and where more attention could increase recycling rates. Sample rubbish collections were carried out between October 2006 and February 2007. They found that residents in Nuneaton were wasting less food than people livin
  • Waste carriers exposed to more debt as Landfill Tax rises

    Increasing Landfill Tax is exposing waste management companies to more debt as waste producers struggle with rising costs, according to the director of an independent waste and recycling company. As the tax is embodied within the Finance Act, landfill site operators - who charge Landfill Tax to the waste carriers or waste management companies who bring waste to their sites - are covered by bad debt relief. But waste carriers or waste management companies, who pass the Landfill Tax costs on to t
  • Waste Services wins major public event contract

    A major public event contract has been secured by Southampton-based Waste Services to provide recycling and waste support. The company, a Verdant Group subsidiary, will use its experience to deliver a five-year deal with Beaulieu Enterprises. The area of Beaulieu, the setting for the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Abbey in the New Forest National Park, will get wheeled waste and recycling collection bins and a collection service with a dedicated vehicle and crew, at many of its major
  • 'Waste Watchers nurses in disguise!'

    The Royal Berkshire Hospital has launched a waste awareness campaign to try to cut down on the amount of rubbish it throws away each year. Hospital service manager Steve Sellwood has set up a waste watchers programme to get the local community and hospital staff on board to help the hospital recycle more. He is also appealing to local companies in the area to help fund the hospitals recycling initiative. He said: Years ago most hospitals had incinerators where they would throw and burn all the
  • What a luscious sight!

    Shoppers in the UK would rather buy products from shops that use as little packaging as possible, according to new research. The survey conducted by cosmetics company Lush, found that 70% of consumers would consider changing where they shop if they knew the retailer was using less packaging on its products. It found that 98% of people think manufacturers and retailers need to do more to reduce the amount of packaging they use. More than 44% would also buy a particular brand because it uses th

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