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Materials Recycling World
7 August 2009

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  • £25,000 worth of Suffolk road signs 'stolen for scrap'

    Thieves have stolen Suffolk road signs worth up to £25,000, to possibly sell as scrap. Since mid-June the police have counted 291 missing road signs around the West Suffolk area and the figure is expected to rise as more are reported to have disappeared. Signs along either side of the A14, near Bury-St-Edmunds, are currently being targeted, causing a huge safety risk for drivers. Suffolk County Council assistant area highways manager Guy Smith
  • 81 containers of illegally exported UK waste returning from Brazil

    The Environment Agency has announced that the majority of the illegally exported UK waste found at Brazilian ports is currently being shipped back.Just over 80 containers of the UK waste began its journey back to the UK from the Brazilian ports of Rio Grande and Santos on 3 August. A spokesperson said: The Environment Agency is working closely with the Brazilian authorities and shipping companies involve
  • Brazil port policing toughens up after illegal UK waste found

    Tougher policing of Brazilian ports regarding environmental crimes is to be implemented after around 100 containers of illegally exported UK waste were found at its ports. (see MRW story)The Brazilian minister of the environment Carlos Minc said he will reinforce environmental surveillance at Brazilian ports using the Inter-ministerial Committee to Fight Against Environmental Crime
  • Brent saves £500,000 in waste disposal costs

    Brent Council has saved more than £500,000 in waste disposal costs since its introduction of compulsory recycling a year ago.Local residents have diverted an extra 7,000 tonnes of waste from landfill since the council made it compulsory for them to use their green recycling boxes in August 2008.The council will take one refuse vehicle and crew off the road from August due to residents recycling so much more.The most up-to-date figure shows
  • Defra: Waste arisings decrease during the recession

    Municipal waste figures show a total decrease in waste arisings by three per cent and an increase in recycling by two per cent in England during the recession, according the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It has published provisional estimates from the departments survey of muni
  • Environment Agency cracks down on illegal export of WEEE

    The Environment Agency is urging the public to report suspected criminals involved in the illegal export of WEEE. Speaking to MRW, EA intelligence manager Trevor Parish said that it had launched an illegal WEEE crackdown project called Securing Compliant Waste Export last September and had so
  • GMWDA secures planning applications on 23 sites for 36 facilities

    The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, working in partnership with nine of the Greater Manchester districts and consortium Viridor Laing, has secured planning applications for reconstruction and redevelopment of 23 sites for 36 facilities across Greater Manchester. This forms part of its r
  • High Court backs Government in WEEE case

    Compliance scheme Repic has lost its court case over waste electrical and electronic equipment rules against the Government. However, the judge confirmed that compliance schemes must have a viable plan in place to collect no more and no less WEEE than is necessary to meet it obligations.Mr Justice Wyn Williams ruled (31 July) that the UKs regulations governing the collection, treatment and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment are lawful and entirely co
  • India implements strict import controls

    The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests has issued inappropriate new regulations controlling the imports of recyclables according to the Bureau of International Recycling.Despite constant efforts from the BIR with support from BIR ambassador for the Indian sub-continent Ikbal Nathani, the Ministry has decided to class some Basel Convention non-hazardous wastes as hazardous. Materials now subject to the new regulati
  • Lib Dems publish waste proposals

    The Liberal Democrats has published its environmental paper Our natural heritage: Policies on the natural environment  (31 July), which includes proposals to set up an independent committee to recommend binding targets for reduci
  • Lib Dems: Supermarkets, restaurants and homes waste as much food as shoppers buy

    As much food is thrown away from supermarkets, restaurants and homes as is bought by shoppers, according to new research by the Liberal Democrats. Government estimates, revealed in a Parliamentary answer, show that 18-20 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year, 6.7 million of which is waste
  • MRW's non-ferrous guide prices

    There was a printing error on the Non-ferrous guide prices page of the 31 July issue of MRW. Please click here to for access to the corrected version of the page.
  • Pennon boosts waste business

    Water utility and waste management firm Pennon Group will put £125 million raised from investors through a convertible bond [type of debt instrument] issue to be used for its subsidiary Viridor Waste Management. Pennon finance director David Dupont told the Financial Times (31 July) that the
  • Public report over 2,000 sightings of motorists littering

    Since launching a car litter awareness campaign, Keep Britain Tidy has received over 2,000 sightings. Launched on 9 July (see MRW story), the public reported 2,400 litter louts on the charitys website with the highest sightings reaching 452 in the South East.According to the results, Ford drivers are the worst for litt
  • Recolight and ERP team up to offer combined battery and lamp collections

    Waste electrical and electronic equipment producer compliance schemes Recolight and European Recycling Platform have partnered up to offer combined battery and lamp recycling collections. ERP and Recolight
  • Rogue tyre collectors target Essex

    The Tyre Recovery Association is urging tyre retailers to be vigilant when disposing of waste tyres after rogue tyre collectors hit the Essex area.First reported in South and South-East London, according to the TRA, illegal traders have been masquerading as established tyre reprocessors by using forged collection notes. The TRA learned that Surrey-based member, Willow Tyres was targeted earlier this year. M
  • Tesco diverts 100% of its waste from landfill

    The UKs biggest supermarket chain is diverting 100 per cent of its waste from landfill a year ahead of its own 2010 target. But it has published misleading figures giving the impression that it has met industry targets to halve the use of plastic bags. Tesco executive director Lucy Neville-Rolfe sai
  • Viridor acquires plastic bottle reprocessor

    Viridor has bought plastics reprocessing company Intercontinental Recycling for a cash consideration of £8.1 million. The acquired firm, based in Lancashire, processes high density HDPE and PET plastic bottles at its facility. The plant has a capacity to treat 40,000 tonnes of recovered plastics each year. Viridor chief executive Colin Drummond said: The UKs waste strategies demand ever-increasing levels of recycling and plastics are an important and grow
  • WRAP launches £2.3m grants scheme to support recycling firms in the West Midlands

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme is offering grants worth a total of £2.3 million to recycling companies based in the West Midlands involved in diverting commercial food waste and mixed plastics away from landfill. Firms of any size can compete for a grant available through the large scale ca

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