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Issue : 29 January 2010

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  • Retailers power up for batteries collection startSubscription

    News29 January, 2010

    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 ...

  • Private equity fund will target waste and recycling companiesSubscription

    News29 January, 2010

    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 ...

  • CO²Sense Yorkshire offers SMEs funding to reduce food wasteSubscription

    News29 January, 2010

    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 ...

  • Tories to scrap Infrastructure Planning CommissionSubscription

    News29 January, 2010

    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 ...

  • Call for councils to save money and recycle wheelie binsSubscription

    News29 January, 2010

    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 ...

  • Viridor signs waste contract with Cambridgeshire CouncilsSubscription

    News29 January, 2010

    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 ...

  • Environment Minister praises Recolight's recycling schemeSubscription

    News29 January, 2010

    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 ...

  • Resource Futures slams media coverage on AWC reportSubscription

    News29 January, 2010

    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 ...

  • New chair for London Waste BoardSubscription

    News28 January, 2010

    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 ...

  • Paper and board recovery rose in 2009, despite recessionSubscription

    News27 January, 2010

    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 ...

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