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Issue : 7 August 2009

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  • Lib Dems: Supermarkets, restaurants and homes waste as much food as shoppers buySubscription

    News7 August, 2009

    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 ...

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

    News7 August, 2009

    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 ...

  • Brent saves £500,000 in waste disposal costsSubscription

    News7 August, 2009

    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 ...

  • Recolight and ERP team up to offer combined battery and lamp collectionsSubscription

    News7 August, 2009

    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 ...

  • Defra: Waste arisings decrease during the recessionSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    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 ...

  • 81 containers of illegally exported UK waste returning from BrazilSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    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 ...

  • India implements strict import controlsSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    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 ...

  • Pennon boosts waste businessSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    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) ...

  • Lib Dems publish waste proposalsSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    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 ...

  • Environment Agency cracks down on illegal export of WEEESubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    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 ...

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