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Materials Recycling World
4 May 2007

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  • AAA CSR rating for Veolia

    Waste management company, Veolia Environmental Services, has gained a AAA corporate social responsibility rating. French experts, BMJ Ratings, gave the award for Veolias high performance in human resources, civil society, sales and marketing, purchasing and the environment. BMJ highlighted the companys global control of environmental risks, its success in occupational health and safety, the quality of the company's partnership with customers and its social initiatives within th
  • Award for re-use inventor

    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, for
  • Baylis recycling moves to new premises

    Following a devastating fire at Baylis Recycling last September, the leading plastic recyclers are set to move into new premises. The brand new buildings will be based on three sites doubling its previous sorting capacity to 30,000 tonnes. Baylis Recycling managing director Chris Baylis said: The fire was traumatic and caused many headaches but the team here has worked tirelessly to continue servicing our clients, enabling us to return bigger, bolder and strong
  • Clearer labelling for recycling to hit supermarket shelves next year

    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 and b
  • Defra backs sustainable Parc system

    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 they ha
  • EA error leads to distorted aluminium PRN performance

    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 notes (PER
  • LARAC hits out at biased media campaigns

    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 true cost
  • Livingstone 'not convinced' by AWC

    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.
  • More recycling options for Blackpool's businesses

    Emprise Blackpool, the trade waste recycling service, has developed a new service this month to offer local businesses an opportunity to recycle more waste and to save money in the process. The company has been collecting glass and metal waste from Blackpool businesses since 2006 and has gained over 100 customers in its first six months of operation. It has developed a new service that collects not only metal and glass, but also paper, cardboard and plastic bottle
  • Olympics has 'high profile role in environmental change'

    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. T
  • Power-from-waste showcase gets go ahead

    A £4 million showcase power-from-waste generation facility will allow local authorities to see the technology in action. The Seamer Carr site, near Scarborough recently gained planning permission from North Yorkshire County Council. The project is partly-funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and will be developed by Scarborough Power, a partnership between Yorwaste, NEL Power and GEM. As the site is part of the Defra New Technologies D
  • Sainsbury's investigating new packaging solution

    British supermarket chain Sainsbury and Dublin-based packaging manufacturing multinational Smurfit-Kappa are working with European Union (EU) researchers to develop a new recyclable and biodegradeable biopolymer food packaging. The EU Sustainpack project consortium is incorporating nano-clay particles within the packaging material, with the aim of replacing materials based on petrochemical polymers. Professor Chris Breen of Sheffield Hallam University, a memb
  • Soap star fronts glass campaign

    Coronation Streets Beverley Callard, also known as barmaid Liz MacDonald, has joined the soon to launch recycling campaign Have you got the bottle?. The campaign promotes recycling in the hospitality industry in northern England. So Callard, who is a real life landlady as well as being the Rovers Return barmaid on screen, is the perfect choice. As reported by MRW (, 16 March 2007), Recycling Action Yorkshire (RAY), Envirolink Northwest and Renew Tees Valle
  • Trial drives increased recycling rates

    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-recyclab
  • Waste Services renews contract with Poole Harbour

    Waste Services (UK), the Southampton based commercial waste disposal and recycling specialist, has announced that it has renewed its contract with the Poole Harbour Commissioners. The three-year contract starts this month and comprises commercial waste minimisation, collection and recycling, plus site clearance services, at the Port of Poole. A team of 12 Waste Services staff will collect commercial waste and recyclables from the ports most heavily used public
  • Waste Strategy delayed again

    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 of the mon

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