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Materials Recycling World
29 January 2010

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  • Asda starts fabric re-useable conditioner trial

    Supermarket Asda has launched a new trial today (25 January) that will see fabric conditioner being sold in re-usebale pouches from vending machines, introducing a new concept in shopping and reducing packaging waste. The trial, which has been funded by the Waste & Resources Action Programme, and pa
  • Call for councils to save money and recycle wheelie bins

    Local authorities could save £1 million if they recycle their wheeled bins instead of throwing them in landfill, according to plastic recycling firm Luxus. The Lincolnshire-based firm pays local authorities money for the wheeled bins it receives f
  • Call for Government to fund programme of data gathering for waste prevention

    The Government needs to fund a programme of data gathering in order to set waste prevention targets, according to LARAC principal policy advisor Andrew Craig. Speaking to MRW, Craig said the Government also needed to produce regular surveys of waste streams so that they could measure waste pr
  • CO²Sense Yorkshire offers SMEs funding to reduce food waste

    CO²Sense Yorkshire has made funding available to help food waste producing, collecting and processing SMEs in Yorkshire and Humber reduce their output.Businesses will be able to bid for funds from the Greenhouse Gas Savings Capital Investment fund to deliver waste reduction initiatives, recycling services or reuse projects.Funded projects are expected to hit targets including tonnag
  • Council may appeal high court ruling on waste management case

    Lancashire County Council has said that it is highly likely it will appeal against a high court ruling which found in favour of a waste management and disposal firm. The case relates to an invitation to tender issued by LCC to operate and manage 23 household waste recycling centres within its area on a three-year contract with a two-year extension.In November 2007 following an open-procedure process, LCC announced that the contract
  • Defra continues to invest in waste research

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a new Evidence Investment Strategy and will continue to invest in evidence gathering for waste programmes. Defras new EIS provides an agenda to prioritise and manage Defras investment in evidence from 2010 to 2013. It highlights the
  • Defra: Commingled collection systems may stunt textile recycling

    Commingled collections could stunt the increase of textile reuse or recycling if not controlled, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs believes. In its report Maximising Reuse and Recycling of UK Clo
  • Doncaster Council waste PFI faces delays

    An announcement of the final shortlist for the Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham waste private finance initiative project has been delayed after Doncaster deferred a decision on its support. A Doncaster Council spokesman said: We have deferred the decision until mid-February and we are still conside
  • Door to door textile collection regulations to change to stop textile theft and bogus collectors

    Regulations, which cover door to door clothing collections, are due to change in order to stop textile theft and collectors falsely posing as charities.The Charities Act is under review with the regulation of these collections potentially due to change, taking the responsibility away from local authorities and the police (in the case of London) and more closely monitoring charities which collect textiles from householders. Investigations are being carr
  • EFRA Waste Strategy report welcomed by industry experts

    Industry experts have welcomed the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee report on the Governments Waste Strategy 2007. Last week, the cross-party committee of MPs that tracks and assesses the work of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, slammed Defra for focusing d
  • Environment Minister praises Recolight's recycling scheme

    Environment Minister Dan Norris has praised retailer Sainsburys and waste electrical and electronic equipment producer compliance scheme Recolight for an innovative recycling initiative.Up to 200 Sainsburys stores are now providing recycling facilities for the co-collection of energy-saving light bulbs and portable batteries.New legislation means that from February 1 all re
  • Foresight Group backs small businesses

    Environmental infrastructure asset manager Foresight Group has launched a £20 million funding scheme to help develop small recycling and renewable energy businesses.The firms Planned Exit Venture Capital Trust is targeting materials recycling and waste to energy firms. However Foresight will also be interested in companies looking at combined heat and power technology and those producing renewable electricity.
  • 'Ground-breaking' trials show carpet can be recycled

    Recycling specialist Axion Consulting has discovered polypropylene carpets can be recycled into good quality polymer pellet for injection moulding. Trials to investigate recycling options for post-consumer carpets and possible new end-use markets for polypropylene products made from recovered material were initiated by Carpet Rec
  • Herbert: We must develop more anaerobic digestion plants

    Far more needs to be done to develop energy-from-waste technologies such as anaerobic digestion, according to Shadow Environment Secretary Nick Herbert. Speaking at Vision 2020,
  • Labour Party criticises Conservatives on weekly waste collection pledges

    The Labour Party has criticised the Conservative Party for pledging to reconfigure existing local government funding to support weekly collections, as opposed to a funding regime that pushes fortnightly collections. Environment Minister Dan Norris told MRW: Decisions on local waste collection
  • Market traders recycle food waste at the farm

    Market traders in Newham are providing food for nearby farm animals as part of a new recycling initiative.Stallholders at Queens Market, Upton Park are being encouraged by Newham Council to donate produce past its best to pigs, horses, goats and chickens in a bid to reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill. This low-carbon move forms part of the councils plans to save 375 tonnes from landfill from January to March.
  • Mayor's New Waste Strategy Criticised

    The chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee has criticised Boris Johnsons new waste strategy for its lack of strategic leadership.The strategy, released last Monday, focused on plans to reduce the amount of municipal waste sent to
  • Millets admits destroying unsellable clothing

    Outdoor equipment and clothing retailer Millets has disclosed that it destroys stock that it cannot resell to customers. The retailer told MRW that items such as clothing or shoes, which may be faulty and cannot be resold are destroyed in order to stop them from re-entering the UK market as they may pose a safety risk. However, according to Millets, the percentage of stock that goes through this
  • New chair for London Waste Board

    Boris Johnson is to appoint a new chair for the London Waste and Recycling board following his decision to step down from the post after 16 months.The Mayor has proposed James Cleverly, London Assembly Member for Bexley and Bromley, as his successor.This move comes as part of Mr Johnsons plan to reorganise and refocus his team which has also seen him step down as chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority. Speaking abou
  • Northern Ireland household recycling rates increase

    New figures show that Northern Ireland recycled 39.3% of its household waste between July 2009 to September 2009. This represents a 0.5% increase compared with the same quarter in 2008 to 2009 (38.8%). In
  • Novelis ups aluminium can price for third time this month

    Novelis has upped the price of aluminium cans for the third time this month. Currently a tonne of loose cans is valued at £850 and a tonne of baled cans is £800. This came into effect on 25 January.Before January the price of loose and flattened cans stood at £550 per tonne and baled cans were worth £600 per tonne. But on 4 January Novelis rose prices by £50 and then the following week, an additional £100 pushed prices up to £700 a tonne for loose and fla
  • Ombudsmen criticises EA and councils over illegal waste site failings

    An Ombudsmens report has slammed the combined failure of the Environment Agency and two local authorities for allowing illegal waste activities to go unchecked over a seven-year period at an unauthorised waste site and has ordered them to pay neighbouring residents £95,000 in compensation. In the jo
  • Paper and board recovery rose in 2009, despite recession

    Waste paper and board recovery rate continues to rise despite the recession.The Confederation of Paper Industries preliminary data shows that last year the collection rate rose to 78% even though paper consumption in the UK diminished by 10% to a mere 11.5 million tonnes.Because of limited domestic use, UK paper exports saw an increase of up to 90% that were using fibrous raw materials coming from
  • Private equity fund will target waste and recycling companies

    The £125 million environment fund launched by the UK Innovation Investment Fund will target waste management and recycling companies among others.The Environmental Innovation Fund, managed by Hermes Private Equity will start providing venture capital to help small growing businesses, start ups and spinouts - including those in pre-profit and pre
  • Refuse workers due for a pay freeze

    Unions have reacted with outrage after town hall bosses have announced a pay freeze for 1.6 million council workers, including refuse collectors, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Local Government Association has said that employees will not be offered an increase in pay from April to prot
  • Resource Futures slams media coverage on AWC report

    Environmental consultancy Resource Futures has slammed national newspaper claims that a report it carried out for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs showed that alternate weekly collections do not cut waste. The report entitled Understanding waste growth at a local authority l
  • Retailers power up for batteries collection start

    The British Retail Consortium is confident retailers will be ready by February 1 to implement battery collection systems. From February 1 UK retailers selling batteries will have a legal obligation to collect waste batteries if they sell over 32 kg per year (equivalent of one four-pack of AA batteri
  • Scottish Government plans to unite waste delivery bodies

    The Scottish Government has announced plans to unite several major waste programmes into one single delivery body called Zero Waste Scotland for a new streamlined approach to delivery of the zero waste agenda. The body will include the Waste & Resources Acti
  • Tories to scrap Infrastructure Planning Commission

    The Tories will scrap the Infrastructure Planning Commission if they win the general election. The IPC was formed in October 2009 as part of a move to strip local authorities of the ability to block or delay projects considered to be of high national
  • Viridor signs waste contract with Cambridgeshire Councils

    Cambridge City, Fenland and Huntingdonshire District Councils have signed a five-year waste contract with recycling firm Viridor. Viridor will sort and market the councils estimated
  • Waste boss throws hat into General Election ring

    The managing director of a Manchester-based waste firm has confirmed that he will run as an independent candidate in the next general election to stand up for ethics in waste management.Marcus Farmer, head of STE (an acronym, which stands for Save The Environment) Waste, will contest the Liberal Democrat incumbent MP John Leechs seat in the Didsbury and Withington constituency.An accountant by trade, Farmer has told MRW that he will challenge med

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