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Issue : 4 May 2007

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  • Clearer labelling for recycling to hit supermarket shelves next yearSubscription

    News4 May, 2007

    Tesco has revealed its work with other retailers to develop more coherent retailer labelling on whether packaging can be recycled, is expected to be on supermarket shelves by the end of next year. The new labels aim to be less confusing for consumers. Labelling is key and there is currently very little consistency between retailers, said Tesco senior buying manager Andrew Duckworth at a recent conference organised by Recoup. Along with other major grocers ...

  • EA error leads to distorted aluminium PRN performanceSubscription

    News4 May, 2007

    An administrative error by a new Environment Agency (EA) computer system has made it look as though the packaging recovery notes (PRNs) for aluminium had dropped to the floor in published first quarter figures. However, it appears that tonnages for a major reprocessor had not been included meaning the distorted figure. The EA figures suggested that 7,676 tonnes of aluminium had been reprocessed in the UK and only 233 PRNs or packaging export recovery ...

  • Livingstone 'not convinced' by AWCSubscription

    News4 May, 2007

    Much maligned alternate weekly collections (AWC) have gained another detractor, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone. In a recent statement he joined the debate on the suitability of AWC within high density city communities. Livingstone said: Harrow Council is the only council to date in London to have introduced AWC. I am concerned that other boroughs will soon follow Harrows lead, despite the fact no research has been done as to its success in London.

  • Olympics has 'high profile role in environmental change'Subscription

    News4 May, 2007

    Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Olympic 2012 games, emphasised the importance of using low carbon, sustainable materials at the Olympic site in a speech at the Think07 conference in London. At the event, which focussed on sustainability in construction, Coe said: Sport plays a high profile role in social change, which now includes the environmental and sustainability movements. The games can help to showcase innovation in technologies and systems. ...

  • Waste Strategy delayed againSubscription

    News3 May, 2007

    The Waste Strategy has been delayed again. Many in the recycling and waste management industry had been told that the strategy would be announced next week on May 9. But MRW understands that it will now be published either on May 23 or May 29. A Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokeswoman confirmed that the publication of the strategy had been delayed. She said: It will now come out at the end ...

  • AAA CSR rating for VeoliaSubscription

    News2 May, 2007

    Waste management company, Veolia Environmental Services, has gained a AAA corporate social responsibility rating.

  • Defra backs sustainable Parc systemSubscription

    News2 May, 2007

    The results of five years research and a practical trial will culminate next month in the commissioning of a newly developed sustainable waste system. Called a Premier Advanced Recycling Centre (Parc), the system was found to release less carbon dioxide than incineration (or energy-from-waste) or landfill. Researched and trialled in association with Durham University and based in County Durham, the system could help local authorities recycle waste that ...

  • LARAC hits out at biased media campaignsSubscription

    News2 May, 2007

    Parts of the national media have been condemned by the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) for what it described as biased, irresponsible coverage of alternate weekly waste collections. LARAC also accused some papers of trying to form public opinion instead of reflecting it. The organisation felt that certain media campaigns, which called for councils to revert to traditional weekly collections, had not given the public all the facts, including the ...

  • Trial drives increased recycling ratesSubscription

    News2 May, 2007

    A 12 month trial of expanded waste collection services in Kingston has so far quadrupled recycling. The council launched the trial in March, in the Berrylands area, to analyse ideas and get residents feedback before the borough-wide waste contract is renewed in September 2008. Existing fortnightly recycled waste collections were increased to weekly pick ups and residents were given extra containers for organic food and garden waste, and cardboard. Non-recyclable ...

  • Award for re-use inventorSubscription

    News1 May, 2007

    An inventor from Herefordshire has won a major gold award at Geneva, for his redesign of the security closure strip used in many drink bottles and jars. Peter Martin (pictured) has patented his design Re:tie, which uses a small hole in a strip of plastic to retie the tops of bottle and lid tops. This means the strips can be saved and reused as a tie, in the garden, for cabling, ...

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