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Materials Recycling World
7 October 2005

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  • Biffaward get the job done

    In Biffaward's seventh annual report entitled 'Getting The Job Done', they outline how over the last year they have allocated almost £7 million to more than 150 projects throughout the UK. The multi-million pound-a-year fund was set up by Biffa using tax charged on waste taken to landfill sites to help finance environmental projects. Biffaward chairman Martin Bettington said: "More and more organisations are continuing to approach Biffaward for financial support, d
  • 'Cans, Jars and Videotape' premieres

    Residents from a variety of backgrounds across four of London's boroughs were the stars of a film about recycling. Entitled 'Cans, Jars and Videotape', the 20-minute short, unveiled last week, provided a snapshot of how people incorporate recycling into their daily lives. The film was part of a Community Action Project run by the Recycle Western Riverside (RWR) campaign, which covers the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth, and the Royal Borough of Kensington an
  • Doorstep collections in London's West End

    Residents of London's West End, one of the oldest residential areas in the UK, will have a doorstep recycling service for the first time. The service will be available as Westminster City Council rolls out its blue bag collection scheme. Reaching about 5,000 households, the expanded weekly recycling service will cover Soho and Covent Garden. The area, where around 120 languages are spoken and there are few traditional houses, has been notoriously difficult to install a recycling
  • Ealing move aimed at avoiding potential financial penalties

    Ealing Council has become one of the first in London to begin a free borough-wide food waste-recycling scheme in a move aimed at avoiding huge financial penalties in the coming years. The council sees this as essential with sharply rising landfill taxes and the possibility local councils may have to pay fines for sending biodegradable waste, like food, to landfill. They believe if action isn't taken now, fines could run into millions of pounds by 2010. Ealing Council cab
  • Energy from waste facility reaches financial close

    The Lakeside Energy from Waste (EfW) site at Colnbrook near Slough has reached financial close in a £180 million package led by the Bank of Ireland. The joint venture between Grundon and Viridor Waste Management announced the news at the same time as the award of the Engineering Procurement Contract (EPC) to the Japanese consortium Itochu/Takuma. Bank of Ireland head of infrastructure for global project finance Andrew Hartley said: "We are delighted to have provide
  • Feature: Asian orders and steady prices

    The middle grades of recovered paper were proving to be the focus of attention as September drew to a close. A leading UK consumer had increased its prices by upwards of £5 per tonne across several grades and, at the time of writing, the marketplace was waiting to see whether other domestic mills would follow suit. The decision by the company in question appears to have been a response to a lack of available supply of grades such as coloured best pams and multigrade.
  • Feature: Class 1 grades show good recovery

    UK mill stocks of recovered paper headed south in July of this year while consumption was broadly similar to that of the same month of 2004. Meanwhile, UK paper and board production declined 2.2% in July to yield a cumulative total for the first seven months of this year of 3.574 million tonnes - 80,000 tonnes lower than was recorded for the January-July period last year. Recovered paper inventories slid 11.4% in July, with stocks of Class III newspapers and magazines nose-divi
  • Feature: Nuclear plant to green field

    If you ever felt that sorting waste into different boxes for recycling was a challenge, then the task facing British Nuclear Group (BNG) puts this job into clear context. In April last year, the Government set up the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, whose objective is to clean up every UK nuclear power plant down to a greenfield site within 25 years. As a specialist site management and nuclear clean-up business, BNG must meet the challenge head-on. With waste fa
  • Feature: Working Together

    With a lot of attention these days on over-packaging, and an attempt being made to revert back to a time when we put loose fruit and vegetables into our wicker shopping baskets on market day, packaging has been given a hard time. The Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) is a research organisation set up in 1974 to look at the environmental and social effects of packaging. It works with regulators to ensure that packaging policies benefit the environment, encourag
  • Grosvenor have big plans for Peterborough MRF

    Grosvenor Waste Management are to boost the Peterborough Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in a £480,000 move aimed at improving efficiency. Peterborough City Council environmental management section head Paul Pace said: "This deal will provide us with a 'next generation' MRF capable of achieving the council's long-term objectives for sustainable recycling." The company will seek to install new equipment every year to increase the sorting process, regulate the flo
  • London boroughs to trial recycling incentives on estates

    Two London boroughs will test a pioneering incentive scheme in an attempt to boost recycling rates within estates. Hammersmith and Fulham and Lambeth Councils have secured £119,000 from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Both councils will use the funding to see if offering community prizes, such as playground improvements or the decoration of communal areas, will increase recycling rates on estates. A competition in each borough will be held t
  • London needs to close the loop

    Leading industry figures have suggested London needs to 'close the loop' with more technology aimed at recycling waste. At a recent Inspired Recycling seminar, Westfocus researcher Anne Chick said: "We have to create markets for new products. If you collect the waste in, it follows on that you should create markets for it to be reprocessed." Robin Snook, the project manager for London Remade said Inspired Recycling would promote the application of recycling technology to
  • New drive for awareness of glass recycling

    Glassmaker O-I (formerly United Glass) and Stirling Council have joined forces to tackle a perceived lack of awareness of what happens to glass once it has been placed out for doorstep collection in an attempt to increase the amount of brown and clear glass recycled. Radio and bus advertising, direct mail and local newspaper editorial will take a creative approach in illustrating the fact the glass is used locally for bottles and jars at the company's Alloa plant. Stirli
  • New paper may have achieved holy grail

    A new recycled paper from M-real UK may have achieved the industry's Holy Grail of producing a resource that meets environmental targets and doesn't jeopardize the look and feel of printed material. M-real UK business development manager Keith Livermore said: "The use of recycled coated paper has been hampered predominantly by two factors: lack of quality genuine recycled fibre and the subsequent products produced. With Era Silk, we believe M-real has addressed both these issues."
  • Onyx buys Shanks' hazardous waste business

    Onyx has bought the hazardous waste business from Shanks for £28 million, which according to the company makes it the clear market leader across the UK in the future developing hazardous waste sector. The company sees this acquisition as a strategic long-term investment in its commercial business and helps to position it favourably particularly in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. Onyx chief executive Cyrille du Peloux said: "This is yet another positive mov
  • Recycling starts to pay

    Recycling really is about to start paying with many local authorities set to offer incentives such as prize draws, cash rewards and community gifts from this month (October). Millions of households will gain the benefits of the 50 pilot schemes, with schools, charities, communities and even lucky individuals cashing in. Local Environment Quality Minister Ben Bradshaw said: "Getting people to change their behaviour is a challenge, and recycling is no exception. While ther
  • RFID tags pose a threat to glass recycling

    The British Glass Manufacturers Confederation (BGMC) is to work with stakeholders to discuss the impact of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology on the recyclability of glass. As costs fall, items such as spirits and cosmetics are likely to be among the first to use RFID tags to help with stock control and shoplifting. British Glass technical manager Pete Grayhurst said: "The core of the RFID matter is that tags contain silicon chips. If the silicon stays with
  • Teenagers inject new life into old clothes

    Teenagers were able to unleash their creativity through an innovative approach to encouraging reuse and recycling by Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council (SABC) recently. The winning coat. Photo courtesy of the Shrewsbury Chronicle. A 'N
  • Textile recycler turns 20

    Family-run textile recycling company Lawrence M Barry (LMB) celebrated its 20th anniversary with a celebration on the Thames last Friday. Guests enjoyed drinks on the deck Guests on the afternoon cruise were treated to drinks and lunch as well as a bri
  • The UK's greenest warehouse

    One of the UK's most successful brewers of casked beers, Adnams has announced plans for the construction of what could be Britain's greenest warehouse. The brewery's new distribution centre in Southwold, Suffolk will be operational from September 2006 and is being built with the aim of meeting a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) excellent rating. Adnams commercial director Andy Wood said: "As a values driven business, we believe tha
  • UK needs 20 million tonnes a year increase on aggregates

    All indications are that the UK will need an extra 20 million tonnes of aggregates per year by 2012, with companies being encouraged to use higher quality and higher value Recycled Secondary Aggregates (RSAs). New research findings from the Aggregate Research Programme (ARP) suggest that while the UK leads the rest of Europe in using RSAs, the sector needs to increase the use of these significantly if it is to continue to meet demand and remain competitive. This has been

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