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Materials Recycling World
6 August 2004

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  • £11 Million Award

    £11 million awardInverclyde Council has received £11.5m from the Scottish Executive for recycling initiatives up to 2020. The authority plans to use the money from the Strategic Waste Fund to introduce a three-bin system and a materials recycling facility.
  • Aggregate boost

    Aggregates boostMore demolition material will be saved from landfill sites after the reclassification of recovered aggregates, according to demolition firm J Freeley. The Manchester firm welcomed the Governments move to allow recycled aggregates meeting strict standards to be bought without a licence.
  • Aggregate firm moves toward sustainability

    Aggregate firm moves towards sustainability Aggregate firm Smith and Sons plans to build a £1 million recycled aggregates facility following the companys acquisition of Oxfordshire-based Worsham Quarry.The facility will have the capacity to supply up to 50,000 tonnes of recycled materials for construction each year.Materials including construction waste will be recycled to produce hardcore and other construction materials.Smiths planning and estate
  • All-island initiative a win-win situation for fridge recycler

    Working together to manage problematic waste streams is important and must be exploited, according to Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland government officials. The need to cooperate is behind an all-island service for recycling waste fridges and freezers, the first cross-border initiative for the waste industry.Northern Ireland Environment Minister Angela Smith says managing waste more sustainably is a major challenge and the contract represents an excellent example of utilising
  • animal by-products law updated

    Changes to the Animal By-Products Regulation have been announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The update includes proposals for dealing with novel treatment and disposal methods. DEFRA said the proposal on novel methods allowed the Government to approve new methods for treating and disposing of animal by-products.Other proposals relate to:l Fish processing standards and a model commercial documentl Imports and
  • Asian buyers keep market afloat but concerns grow

    The domestic price of old KLS has remained resolute at £45 per tonne despite a slight drop in the export level, with shipments to France and container loads to the Far East both said to be fetching in the region of £5053 a tonne. However, there are already murmurings of a possible reduction in the UK price in a few weeks from now unless there is a sudden and, to be frank, unexpected improvement in market conditions.Mixed paper is continuing to attract £25 per tonne or above from UK
  • Challenge for clearing house

    By Rebecca ThyerEstablishing a National Clearing House (NCH) under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive poses a major timetable challenge.The Department of Trade and Industrys (DTIs) third and final consultation on the WEEE Directive states the NCH a one-stop shop for producer registration, data reporting and collection will need to handle registration from the start of next year. And this creates a significant challenge, according to the DTI.
  • Competing roles hinder definitions

    Competing roles hinder definitions Recovery and disposal definitions play competing roles in EU legislation but cannot do so effectively, according to a report by Okopol, the Institute of Environmental Strategies. It states that defining recovery to determine whether waste circulates freely in the internal market is not the same as defining recovery in order to set targets. Adding to this confusion is the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice. It has
  • Cost of environmental crime drops

    By Greg PitcherMore than half of waste sites break the terms of their permit yet fines for environmental offences are falling.These shocking results were revealed in the Environment Agencys (EAs) sixth Spotlight on Business report last week.The environmental-law enforcement body found that 57% of waste-management facilities breached their licence terms in 2003.And it insisted that law-breakers must be dealt with more severely, after discovering th
  • Illegal waste racket destroyed

    A long-standing illegal waste racket has been smashed by the Environment Agency, leading to a host of fines and sentences.More than 1,000 tonnes of waste was disposed of on unlicensed farmland near Padstow in north Cornwall over at least a year up to January 2003.Treveglos Farm owner Richard Bennett was fined £10,000 for depositing waste on unlicensed land and £2,500 for keeping controlled waste on unlicensed land. His son, Ernest Bennett, was fined £5,000 for depositing
  • Ireland's reign supreme

    The Republic of Irelands six-month presidency of the European Union came to an end on June 30, when it handed the baton to the Netherlands. The Republic had presided over a political period in Europe tinged with high drama and historicism. There was the shock result of the Spanish elections and the aftermath of the Madrid bombings and on May 1 there was jubilation as 10 new countries joined the EU.However, before the first firework had exploded and the first champagne cork had popped
  • LARAC adds its backing to the kerbside recycling law

    By Greg PItcherCouncils this week joined the recycling industry in backing the draft guidance for the Household Waste Recycling Act.The Government last month laid out the law requiring all households to receive kerbside collections of at least two materials for recycling by 2010. And it opened a consultation giving those affected until October 1 to give their views on the way it was set out.Private firms and their representatives last week expresse
  • On-site separation mooted for hazardous waste

    By Rebecca ThyerHazardous waste producers could be required to separate hazardous and non-hazardous waste under proposals released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). DEFRAs consultation on the new Hazardous Waste Regulations for England proposes extending to hazardous waste producers the requirement for hazardous and non-hazardous waste not be mixed. The Government believes that this would help reduce the amount of hazardous was
  • Refund changes

    The Environment Agency has changed the way it handles refunds for unused Special Waste Consignment Notes and Transfrontier Shipment of Waste shipment charges. The changes alter the way the agency recovers its costs and apply from November 1.From that date, an administration charge will be implemented to cover the cost of processing refunds (20% of the original cost or £5 minimum charge) on consignment notes and refunds will be issued only for codes or notes less than 18 m
  • Retail therapy

    Now two years since its launch in Northern Ireland, the Retail Partnership Initiative continues to promote the reduce, reuse, recycle message in store. Committed to minimising waste and publicising that message, the initiative was designed to support the Wake Up to Waste campaign and address retail waste volumes associated with retailers and consumers alike. Participating retailers have signed up to the Retailers Charter, which outlines their commitments and underpins the
  • Safe in the knowledge

    Irelands pay-as-you-go waste legislation comes into force on January 1, 2005, and with it comes the need to automate the collection of statistics and identification of what waste was collected where.Wiklow-based Sturdy Products is the Irish distributor for Taylor waste container products, which offers a complete range of ID systems for kerbside boxes, wheeled bins and trade waste containers. While legislation will allow for operators to measure pay as you go either by weight or volum
  • Seeing the light

    In 1998 the Republic of Irelands municipal waste recycling rate was a paltry 9% and it had risen by just one percentage point in three years. Now the country is recycling in excess of 20% and its government is understandably pleased to announce it is on target to hit its 35% target for 2013. This turnaround is the direct result of the first serious policy plan from the Irish government, launched in 1998 and called Waste Management: Changing Our Ways. A recently published report high
  • Steely resolve

    While Corus annual Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) report looks back on 2003 as a year of significant progress, more kerbside collection and a uniform message to local authorities are needed for an equally successful future. Flicking through Corus Steel Packaging Recyclings latest annual PRN report Success in Recycling, it is clear that 2003 was a hive of industry activity with UK steel can recycling reaching an all time high. Success in Recycling outlines how the income in
  • Taken to task

    Like other EU member states, the Republic of Ireland is grappling with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. Although the nation shares many characteristics with other countries working towards implementing the directive it does have some peculiarities that need to be ironed out. These include both collection and treatment issues: the Republics civic amenity sites seem to have a negative impact on the amount of waste collected while the majority of WEEE must
  • Talks continue on retailer compliance scheme

    Building on existing collection infrastructure is the Governments major aim in meeting takeback obligations under the WEEE Directive. To meet the directives requirements, retailers must offer in-store takeback. However, as an alternative to retailers offering direct, in-store takeback services, the DTI and the retail industry are discussing a potential retailer compliance scheme. Talks about this are currently ongoing. The DTI said that the primary objective of a scheme s
  • The future is bright for glass recycling in the Republic

    Little more than a year ago the future of glass recycling in Ireland looked grim. The closure of the Irish Glass recycling plant in Ringsend the only glass recycling plant in the country was a real blow, casting doubt over the economic viability of glass recycling. Cost-effective markets had to be found to prevent the loss of this environmental asset. However, the agreement between Rehab Recycling and Quinn Glass, which guaranteed the recycling of virtually all consumer glass depos
  • Well contained

    For eight years IT company Ergo collected empty inkjet, laser and toner cartridges which were remanufactured on its Dublin premises and sold under the brand name Laser Plus. Rising labour costs in the Irish capital, however, forced the company to close its manufacturing plant in March this year and empties are now sent to the north of England where they are reprocessed by Mercia Laser and Alpha Stream, still using the Laser Plus brand name. The restructuring of this side of Ergos bus

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