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Materials Recycling World
31 August 2007

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  • "Massive role" of metal recyclers to cut energy use cited by Sims

    Metal recyclers have a "massive role" to play in reducing energy consumption according to scrap recycler Sims Metal. Sims recovers ferrous and non-ferrous metals, which it uses in the production of steel, aluminium and copper instead of producing these materials from scratch. World-wide, Sims recovers more than nine million tonnes of metal from 130 international sites saving enough energy to power almost three million homes. This is enough energy to power every home across London for a year.
  • Alupro's membership adds European can-maker to its ranks

    Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has signed up its first European can manufacturer, Ball Packaging Europe. The manufacturers recycling manager Norman Lett has also joined Alupros Board. Lett said: Alupros expertise in both Government affairs and working with partners across all collection routes in the UK is very valuable to the business. We have supported their consumer Recycle for Africa campaigns which have helped produce a 47% increase in recycling over the past three yea
  • Boost for WRAP's wine lightweighting scheme as big names plan switch

    A switch to lighter glass wine bottles is set to save around 6,000 tonnes of glass packaging annually, according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Supermarkets Morrisons and Tesco plus wine brand owners Constellation Europe and PLB Wines plan to introduce lighter weight designs. WRAP said the move will affect almost 90million wine bottles resulting in combined annual carbon savings of 4,500 tonnes. This is the equivalent of taking 2,500 cars off the road. Constellation Euro
  • Campaign to stop old holiday brochures going to landfill

    Holiday makers are being urged to recycle their used holiday brochures by the Recycle Now campaign and an environmental travel firm so they dont end up in landfill. Recycle Now launched the campaign as consumers pick up their new holiday brochures during August and September. This is also the period when they dispose of their old ones. The campaign has put together green brochure tips including: recycle; browse and book holidays online; pass them to friends and family to be re-used; and give
  • Central Government targets "stifle innovation and lock in particular technologies"

    Central targets may hinder long term waste objectives according to a report funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Carried out by researchers from the Open University, the report found regulatory and economic pressures imposed by central government could lead to local waste partnerships prioritising short-term targets. It also found that large scale centralised facilities, such as those developed under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), may "stifle innovation" as they "lock" au
  • Clean up after the carnival party!

    As a million revellers celebrated the Notting Hill Carnival in a cheerful fashion, over 180 staff from Veolia Environmental Services were busy day and night cleaning the streets of around 130 tonnes of rubbish generated in the Westminster area alone over the two days of Carnival. Image: Clear up
  • Defra awards North Yorkshire partnership £65 million PFI credit deal

    A North Yorkshire partnership has been awarded £65 million in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits to reduce landfill by more three-quarters. With the PFI credits from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), North Yorkshire County Council and York City Council aim to divert three-quarters of municipal waste from landfill by 2033. Plans to improve regional waste management facilities include increasing recycling and composting, as well as a new mechanical and biologi
  • Diamonds are forever!

    Cawleys, the waste and recycling company, might be singing Diamonds are forever, when it celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. To mark its diamond anniversary the company has recently re-branded and been given a new look. A new logo has been made to give Cawleys a new identity and to help build a strong and distinctive brand. The business has over 90 waste vehicles and over 200 employees. All vehicles and skips are currently undergoing re-branding, however, the company has recently heavily
  • Gateshead claims it's "first" to recycle old lighting under WEEE

    A north eastern local authority says it is the first council in the UK to recycle its old lighting since the introduction of waste electrical legislation. Gateshead Council is replacing 4,000 office lighting units with more energy efficient ones as part of its energy saving strategy. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) introduced in July aims to increase the re-use and recycling of electrical and electronic goods and reduce landfilling. Lumicom has provide
  • Greener businesses make strides in recycling but neglect employees' transport

    Transport is lagging behind in the green stakes as companies make strides in recycling and energy reduction but neglect how their employees get to-and-from work. According to a latest quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey 91% of organisations encourage recycling and 83% encourage reduction in energy consumption. Yet only 45% encourage car-sharing while just 30% consider other ways of reducing the need to travel such as encouraging staff to work from home. The report also found that 70% of HR
  • Infinis expands biomass business in Scotland

    Infinis, the renewable energy generator company, has announced the proposed acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Scottish BioPower, Scottish BioFuel and Scottish Resources Group (SRG). Following completion of the acquisition of Scottish BioPower and Scottish BioFuel, Infinis intends to develop in excess of 125MW biomass power generation assets and in excess of 125MW of wind farms in Central Scotland. Scottish BioFuel is a fast growing supplier of biomass feedstock to the renewable
  • Innovative aspect to Junk at art exhibition

    A can of lemonade that flaps its wings when you press a button and a chandelier made out of plastic framed spectacles, are among the many items of recycled materials used at an innovative art exhibition taking place in East London. Flowers East art gallery is hosting the exhibition Says The Junk In The Yard. It features artists from all over the world who use recycled materials for their work. The works in the exhibition aim to examine our attitudes to the objects that we discard and the valu
  • Kent 'first' to choose low energy traffic light bulbs

    Kent County Council will be the first local authority in England to change all of its traffic light junction bulbs, in a bid to use low-energy lights. Over the coming year, Kent Highway Services will replace 6,500 signal heads about 18,000 bulbs with light emitting diodes. The lighting contractor TS UK will be installing the new system countywide until March 2008. It will be recycling all the old bulbs and electrical equipment to comply with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Direc
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Vote now! SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE TO VOTE

    Voting has begun for the Lifetime Achievement Award to be given out at the National Recycling Awards on November 14. Who do you think should win? With nine people nominated, who do you think should be the winner and receive the award at the most glamorous event in the recycling and waste management industry? The nominees are: Jeff Cooper, Environment Agency Geoff Hadfield, Hadfield Wood Recyclers Peter Jones, Biffa Colin Kirkby, LARAC Jennie Price, WRAP (formerly of) Bob Read, Hyder Con
  • Mayor says that 'pay-as-you throw schemes' will be a 'disaster'

    Ken Livingstone has criticised the Local Government Association (LGA) plans to charge Londoners for waste collections. The Mayor said that the plans would be a disaster for London and would lead to a huge increase in fly-tipping. His claims come in the light of the LGAs proposals to introduce pay-as-you-throw schemes which include charging for the amount of waste sacks householders throw away. The LGA also proposes that council tax bills will be cut for those residents who throw away less wast
  • New Convent Garden Market seeks opportunity to recycle more

    The Enhance business support programme is working with the Convent Garden Market Authority (CGMA) to identify new opportunities to divert their waste from landfill. CGMA chief executive Jan Lloyd said: There are 250 companies based at New Covent Garden Market, employing over 2,500 people. We currently recycle 29% of our waste, including: cardboard, plastics, wooden pallets and organics. We saw an opportunity to recycle more, particularly of our organic waste, which is the largest proportion.
  • Plastic recycler cuts out shipment middlemen

    Plastics recycler Agyplas (AGP) has decided to ditch traders in Hong Kong and the UK and buy its waste plastics directly from waste management companies, factories and materials recycling facilities. The company, which is part of the international Agyl Group, has been planning this move for three months and company sources said that it was a response to new Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations (TSWR) and a history of bad practice from existing exporters. Changes to the TSWR widened liab
  • Recycling rates tripled on winning estate in Westminster contest

    An estate in Westminster has managed to almost triple its recycling rate as part of a council run competition. The contest was set up by Westminster City Council and CityWest Homes to motivate people to be greener and find the most environmentally friendly estate, with a prize of £1000 and the title of Best Recycling Estate. Recycling rates on the Ebury Estate in Pimlico, which has 356 flats, rose from 16 tonnes the previous year to 41 tonnes in 2007. Each household on the estate now recycles a
  • Shropshire Waste Partnership chooses Veolia Environmental Services as preferred bidder

    The Shropshire Waste Partnership (SWP) has chosen Veolia Environmental Services as its preferred bidder for an integrated waste management contract worth £100 million over 27 years. Designed to maximise recycling, the bid includes recycling targets of 50% by 2012 and a reduction in municipal waste sent to landfill from 65% in 2005/2006 to 5% in 2015. If selected, Veolia Environmental Services will take responsibility for the collection, recycling, energy recovery and treatment of household wa
  • UK businesses unaware of incoming waste treatment laws, warns waste expert

    A waste expert has warned that UK businesses are unaware of new waste treatment laws which come into force on October 31 2007, which could make recycling avoidance illegal. After discussing the regulations with key organisations, financial advisers Grant Thorntons Government and Infrastructure Advisory team said that it was clear that UK businesses were unaware of the changes. Under the Environment Agencys (EA) new rules all businesses will have to treat their own non-hazardous waste before d
  • Why WRAP wants to show that it's not all about the money

    The recycling and waste management sector is currently experiencing an intense period of growth and innovation which is likely to continue for some years to come. In order to meet Government targets for the recycling of household and commercial waste by 2020, the UKs recycling capacity needs to grow by at least 60 per cent. Although challenging, this creates exceptional opportunities both for existing companies and new entrants into the market. However, many pioneering companies in the recyclin

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