Issue : 29 July 2005
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A paper recycling firm's boss who admitted manslaughter following the death of one of his workers has had his sentencing hearing put back until October.
Recyclers from the plasterboard industry have called on the Environment Agency (EA) to get its act together over the material.
Recycled tyre garden wins prestigious awardSubscription
A recycled rubber garden product has helped Cheshire County Council to win 'Best in Show' and a 'Gold Award' at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show held at Tatton Park, Cheshire, on July 20-24. The winning garden
WEEE compliance schemes join upSubscription
Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE) compliance schemes Repic and B2B Compliance are to work together to help their members comply with the new WEEE directive.
Comment: The Big ChallengeSubscription
Tackling packaging and food waste is a big challenge that has this week been embraced by both the Government and retailers. The Courtauld Commitment signed by 13 retailers following discussions with Environment Minister Elliot Morley, the Waste and Resources Action Programme and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) sets a number of actions to reduce packaging generated in retail outlets.
EA calls for more use of ASBOsSubscription
More use should be made of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) to prevent environmental crime, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.
Feature: cleaner and greenerSubscription
Once the undisputed powerhouse of Europe, Germany's increasingly gloomy mood is more sick man of Europe than global go-getter. With unexpectedly early elections around the corner, some might say that German pessimism is a self-fulfilling and somewhat inaccurate view of their current situation.
Feature: Holistic remedySubscription
In the early 1980s, Michael Braungart was a Greenpeace scientist working on a rather unorthodox campaign to clean up the paper industry. As expected, the paper bigwigs were not impressed, especially when their waste and water pipes were blocked. Twenty years later, all of the targeted companies have adopted Braungart's proposed technology.
According to a new study published by Gold Field Mineral Services (GFMS), almost half of Germany's annual demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) is satisfied by recycled material. Moreover, products still in use and yet to be manufactured point to a growing resource, and the introduction of environmental legislation should lead to even higher usage of secondary PGMs in the future.
Feature: Moving forward to stand stillSubscription
In 1961, a WWF (then the World Wildlife Fund) report Limits to Growth created international uproar when it suggested that the human economy would soon exceed the Earth's available resources. Now, 34 years later, the most up-to-date WWF report Europe 2005 - The Ecological Footprint shows that the projected over- plundering has become a reality.