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Materials Recycling World
5 October 2007

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  • A new in-vessel composting system lifts off in Suffolk

    A unique in-vessel composting system, with a patented stainless steel lifting and self-sealing roof has been launched by a Suffolk-based composting company. Composting technology and processing consultancy The Composting Company (TCCL), has launched an innovative Animal By-Products Regulations (ABPR) and Quality Protocol-composting system. It is called the New Era In-Vessel Composting System, and has 240 tonne capacity vessels with drive-through tunnels built for efficient material flow. T
  • Alliance & Leicester funds MRF in Kent

    Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank has invested a further £1.5 million to aid the advancement of a Materials Recycling Facility based in Kent. The investment will help Grosvenor, specialist in the recycling and recovery of recyclable materials, with its new 80,000 tonne production line. Commingled recyclables, including glass, can be separated at the facility, into high quality card, paper, glass and plastic film. Grosvenor director of recycling development Mary Corin said: The investment w
  • BREW seeks applicants for trailblazer grants

    The Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) centre for local authorities (LAs) is seeking LAs to take up its grant funding and support for trailblazer waste and recycling projects. The centre wants applications submitted before it has to finalise its three year business plan for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Early applications will have a better chance to be involved and funding for single authority bids is up to £30,000 a year. To encourage partnership
  • Business in Scotland will see more profits if they reduce their waste, says SEPA

    Businesses in Scotland who try to reduce their waste could make more savings and boost their profits, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). The claim was made as SEPA launched its second national survey of business waste in Scotland on October 1. Over 30,000 Scottish businesses will receive copies of the survey which will help SEPA establish just how much waste is produced by business in 2006. Confederation of British Industry (CBI) for Scotland assistant director Al
  • Compulsory recycling trialled in Hammersmith and Fulham

    Despite past claims that compulsory recycling would be a last resort, Hammersmith and Fulham Council is now trialling just such a scheme, with a £100 fine for those who fail to comply (mrw.co.uk December 7 2006). The council is aiming to raise its recycling rate from 25% of household waste to meet targets of 30% by 2010. Brought in on October 1, the ongoing scheme makes it compulsory for residents in street properties north of Goldhawk Road to recycle using the existing Smart Sack service. Glas
  • Conservative cuts to NLWA funding provokes fear among members

    Fears have been expressed by some members of the North London Waste Authority (NWLA) that cuts made by Conservative members will put an end to some of its programmes. The NWLA, which is the waste disposal authority for seven north London boroughs, is made up of five Conservatives councillors, five Labour and four Liberal Democrats. A meeting held on September 20 pushed through measures that the Lib Dem and Labour Party members rejected earlier in the year. Under new proposals pushed through by
  • Elderly could lose out as cash goes to new recycling and waste policies

    Funds for new Government policies, which includes waste and recycling, combined with an ageing population will cause a cash shortfall for elderly care, said the Local Government Association (LGA). Figures based on LGA research found that an extra £9.6 billion by April 2011 would be needed to fully roll out programmes laid out by the Government and take account of ageing demographics. It found that an extra £1.182 billion, for a three year period to 2011, will be needed to meet increased costs
  • Electrolink defends its WEEE approach in the face of criticisms

    Following much speculation about the rules governing waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) producer compliance schemes (PCS) Electrolink has come out to defend its approach. Some industry debate implied that the PCS had broken the rules by servicing more than its obligated share of designated collection facilities (DCF). However, the company said it acted within the letter and spirit of the regulations and guidance by co-operating with other schemes. This enhanced speculation fo
  • Essex to get major new waste facility

    Essex is to get a major new waste facility that will help increase its recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Cory Environmental has won permission to build the Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant from Essex County Council. The plants will be built at Stanway Hall Quarry, near Colchester. The AD plant will process up to 50,000 tonnes a year of green waste and organic kitchen waste and will generate electricity for the local ar
  • Freesheet petition goes to Downing Street

    A pressure group trying to get freesheet street distributors banned in London has posted its petition on the Downing Street e-petitions website. Concerns about waste generated by freesheets available on London streets have pushed the group, Project Freesheet, to this tougher stance. Group founder Justin Canning said: In my opinion it is the only way to gain some control over the number of free newspapers that are hitting the streets of London every day. LondonLite and the Londonpaper use over
  • Green fingers get composting facility in East Sussex

    Commercial growers, landscapers and keen gardeners alike, will be able to benefit from a new major recycling facility for composting and wood chipping set to be built in East Sussex. Veolia Environmental Services has been granted planning permission to build the plant. The facility will be able to produce high quality soil conditioner and has advanced enclosed composting technology aiding the speed of decomposition. Situated at the Woodland Centre in Whitesmith, it will be able to process 46,0
  • Horticulture's waste plastic targeted by Recovinyl

    Following a successful European-wide campaign to recycle post-use PVC, PVC pipes and crates used in the UKs horticultural industry are being targeted. PVC-U recycling initiative Recovinyl is focussing its UK campaign on the east of England where much of this type of waste can be found. The aim is to divert the material from landfill by promoting incentives such as disposal cost savings and a demonstration of green credentials to end users. A similar campaign in the Netherlands recycled large vo
  • How do you market organic waste?

    Once organic waste has been composted, how do producers market the recycled product and what options are available? Alexander Maddan, managing director of organic waste recycling company, AGRIVERT explains why understanding your end markets is such a vital element for any composting operator. Why are end markets for composted organic waste so important? Most significantly, once organic waste has been processed, the volume of material is still considerable, even with a 50-60% reduction in mass o
  • Land regeneration benefits of quality compost trialled by WRAP

    Quality compost is being trialled as a soil conditioner at a former landfill site to judge its effect on brownfield site regeneration. The trial, at the Cross Lane tip in the Wirral, is part of a trailblazer programme run by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). WRAP is working with partners Envirolink Northwest, Liverpool John Moores University, Ecological Restoration Consultants and the Forestry Commission which manages the site. Previous testing at the site showed existing soil m
  • One billion carrier bags saved from use by UK supermarket

    A giant supermarket retailer has saved the use of a whopping one billion carrier bags through its clubcard scheme. Tesco customers have saved the use of one billion carrier bags through the companys Green Clubcard scheme. Under the scheme, customers are financially rewarded for every carrier bag they re-use with a system of green points. These points can then be traded for vouchers which they can redeem at the store. The supermarket does not restrict the scheme to its own carrier bags, and s
  • Prestigious road gets recycled aggregate make over

    A shortage of natural aggregate in the south east has led to the use of 100% recycled aggregate concrete for strategic changes to a road between the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Works contractor FM Conway, specialises in maintenance contracts for London Boroughs and has its own strategy to increase the use of recycled aggregates. The company processes construction waste from its other highway contracts to make recycled aggregates and then uses them for future projects. It also ha
  • Recovered wood freed from certain regulations by EA

    Fewer regulations will govern the recovery and use of waste wood following new guidance from the Environment Agency (EA). The change follows a Waste Protocols Project to develop a Quality Protocol, run by the EA and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The main aims of the protocol were to reduce regulation and remove uncertainty over the point at which waste wood is fully recovered and can be used as a resource. The guidelines said: · virgin timber - is to be de-regulated; · clean n
  • Recycling company fined for not keeping tidy

    A recycling firm in Northumberland was fined £20,000 for not keeping tidy and letting litter blow away from its premises. South East Northumberland Recycling (SENREC), of West Sleekburn Industrial Estate, Bedlington pleaded guilty to two offences of breaching conditions of its waste management licence. Plastic bags and paper were being blown out of the yard and onto surrounding land, on verges, in bushes and trees. The company was also told to pay costs of £701 to the Environment Agency (EA)
  • Scotland to get new waste facilities built by SITA UK

    A Scottish council has approved plans for SITA UK to develop two new facilities at its recycling and waste management site at Binn Farm near Glenfarg, Perthshire. Perth & Kinross Council has given its seal of approval to plans for a 60,000 tonne per year energy from waste (EfW) facility and a 16,000 tonne per year Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) on land adjacent to existing waste facilities at Binn Farm. The new facilities are set to be operational by 2013 and will help reduce the amount of
  • Scots hit BMW targets, but still have "challenges ahead"

    Theres positive news for Scotland as it hits 2006/07 domestic targets for reducing biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) sent to landfill. The news came as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) released its latest figures on BMW as part of the National Waste Plan. However, SEPA also acknowledged that there is more work to be done to hit future EU targets, which echoes recent findings in an Audit Scotland report (mrw.co.uk September 28 2007). BMW sent to landfill has been reduced to 1
  • Three quarters of building sector say yes to legalising waste plans

    Legally binding Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP) get a 75% endorsement from the building sector, according to a consultation published today by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Consultation questions asked people in the building sector whether SWMPs should be made a statutory requirement or continue under the existing voluntary approach. The survey also covered the minimum level at which a project should require a SWMP, the level of detail they should offer and
  • Veolia awarded 27 year waste contract in Shropshire - COMMENT UPDATE

    Shropshire Waste Partnership has awarded a 27 year integrated waste management contract to Veolia Environmental Services. The contract signing follows the announcement in August that the company was the preferred bidder. Shropshire Waste Partnership has been granted £40.8 million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits towards the cost of contract. The partnership consists of four districts: Shropshire County Council, Bridgnorth District Council, North and South Shropshire District Councils
  • Web speeds up construction waste self assessment

    A website enabling construction site managers to quickly assess building site waste and environmental regulation compliance has been launched by advice organisation NetRegs. Its online questionnaire Sorting out site waste was developed following its own research into small and medium sized enterprises (SME). The 2007 survey found that environmental awareness across SMEs was worrying low, with only 17% conducting a waste minimisation exercise. Site Waste Management Plans are not yet law but coul
  • 'What a butt' with a difference! - COMMENT UPDATE

    The neighbours will have something to talk about when they peer over and see an innovative new water container launched by Straight the Butt Butt. The company has designed a water butt with a difference with a limited edition range of bottom-shaped water containers. These curvaceous butts were designed by Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway and allow customers to save water in style while allowing them to do their bit for the environment. Saving water is one of the simplest and most effective wa
  • Wood chips shipped to Germany as UK awaits own biomass plant

    A Dorset company will ship 2,000 tonnes of recycled wood to Germany to power homes and businesses, rather than sending it to landfill. Eco Composting (Eco) started looking for a greener alternative for its wood chips when its customer, chipboard manufacturer Kronanspan, in north Wales, raised the material quality specification meaning that recycled wood from civic amenity sites can not be used to make chipboard. Alternatives for the material had to be found while the company waits for planning

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