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Issue : 31 August 2007

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  • Why WRAP wants to show that it's not all about the moneySubscription

    News31 August, 2007

    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 ...

  • Recycling rates tripled on winning estate in Westminster contestSubscription

    News31 August, 2007

    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 ...

  • UK businesses unaware of incoming waste treatment laws, warns waste expertSubscription

    News31 August, 2007

    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 ...

  • Diamonds are forever!Subscription

    News31 August, 2007

    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 ...

  • Alupro's membership adds European can-maker to its ranksSubscription

    News31 August, 2007

    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 ...

  • Infinis expands biomass business in ScotlandSubscription

    News31 August, 2007

    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 ...

  • Defra awards North Yorkshire partnership £65 million PFI credit dealSubscription

    News31 August, 2007

    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 ...

  • Clean up after the carnival party!Subscription

    News31 August, 2007

    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

  • Kent 'first' to choose low energy traffic light bulbsSubscription

    News30 August, 2007

    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 ...

  • Boost for WRAP's wine lightweighting scheme as big names plan switchSubscription

    News30 August, 2007

    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 ...

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