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Issue : 27 July 2007

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  • 'Waste Watchers nurses in disguise!'Subscription

    News27 July, 2007

    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 ...

  • What a luscious sight!Subscription

    News27 July, 2007

    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 ...

  • Large European recycled fibres company sold in $38 million dealSubscription

    News27 July, 2007

    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 ...

  • Dorset Forums make business recycling easierSubscription

    News27 July, 2007

    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 ...

  • Viridor given consent to build an EfW and combined heat and power facility in ExeterSubscription

    News27 July, 2007

    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 ...

  • Design development contract is signed for MBT plant in ScotlandSubscription

    News26 July, 2007

    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 ...

  • Green Waste collections rise with wheeled bin introductionSubscription

    News26 July, 2007

    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. ...

  • Warwickshire study finds food waste rates wantingSubscription

    News26 July, 2007

    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 ...

  • Anti-aircraft shells, shotgun cartridges and bullets found at MRFSubscription

    News26 July, 2007

    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 ...

  • Proposed changes to competence requirements for waste sites revealedSubscription

    News25 July, 2007

    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 ...

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