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Issue : 27 November 2009

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  • Harrow to transform cigarette ends into loft insulation Subscription

    News27 November, 2009

    Cigarette butts could be used to make loft insulation pillows in a new experiment being carried out by Harrow Council. Currently, around 4,000 discarded cigarettes are dropped every 24 hours in Harrow town centre alone. This waste is then dumped in landfill, as normally, it cannot be recycled. To solve this waste problem, the local authority is figuring out the feasibility of linking the processes to transform cigarette waste into loft insulation.  ...

  • Hackney first to sign up to waste collection commitmentSubscription

    News27 November, 2009

    Hackney Council has become the first UK local authority to show its commitment to providing a good waste and recycling service by signing up to the Waste Collection Commitment.Set up by the Waste & Resources Action Programme with the Local Government Association, the WCC encourages local authorities to make a commitment to the basic principles of waste collection services. Hackney council cabinet member for ...

  • Verdant wins £2M contract with ConwySubscription

    News27 November, 2009

    Waste management firm Verdant has won a £2 million contract to take care of Conwy County Borough Councils green waste collection service. Verdants third local authority contract in Wales will serve 42,000 to 54,000 households for five years, with a free fortnightly collection system. Verdant managing director Roger Edwards said he was, delighted to deepen Verdants relationship with Wales and its recycling ...

  • Edwin Poots opens Ireland's biggest IVC facilitySubscription

    News27 November, 2009

    Northern Ireland environment minister Edwin Poots opened Irelands biggest in-vessel composting facility situated on the edge of West Belfast.The £6 million facility, operated by Natural World Products, will be capable of recycling 60,000 tonnes of household bio-waste, such as food and garden waste, into high quality compost. This will be used as top soil for some of Irelands leading golf courses, ...

  • LSE censures Environmental Recycling Technologies for rule-breakingSubscription

    News26 November, 2009

    AIM-listed firm Environmental Recycling Technologies has been publicly censured by the London Stock Exchange for failing to notify the market of numerous rule-breaks, particularly those concerning price sensitive information.Due to the firms financial position the LSE decided not to impose a fine but has taken into account the level of disregard shown for the AIM rules which amount to reckless conduct.

  • May Gurney wins £75M Bridgend contractSubscription

    News26 November, 2009

    May Gurney has won the £75 million contract to provide waste management services for Bridgend County Borough Council.The local authoritys recycling, waste collection and household waste recycling centres will be managed by the firm from April next year for an initial seven years, with the option of extending the contract for a further seven years. This different approach is focused on using ...

  • Network Rail to recycle 1/4 of UK railway waste at new facilitySubscription

    News26 November, 2009

    Network Rail has received planning permission to convert a Westbury railway yard into an £8 million recycling facility.The site will be used to recycle nearly 25 per cent of disused track materials from the UKs railway network. This will include 110,000 concrete sleepers and 30,000 tonnes of rail and fixtures.Director of the National Delivery Service unit of Network Rail Martin Elwood said: The 21st century railway will also be an eco-friendly railway. ...

  • WRAP: Eat forgotten freezer foodSubscription

    News26 November, 2009

    We should make more use of our freezers by making meals out of food that is already there, the Waste & Resources Action Programme has advised.Results from a new survey assessing freezer usage has found that we all keep £860 million of food in our freezers and a third of us find long-forgotten food in the freezer Unidentified Frozen Objects. Apparently, this is due to peoples doubts about freezing a wider variety of ...

  • Final four short-listed for Herts PFISubscription

    News26 November, 2009

    The final four bidders in the shortlist for the £200 million Hertfordshire waste PFI have been announced. E.ON Energy from Waste AG, MVV Umwelt GmbH, Shanks PFI Investments/Wheelabrator Technologies and Veolia ES Aurora are all competing for the contract to treat 320,000 tonnes of waste each year. Covanta Energy and Sita UK were unsuccessful in their bids. Although the local authority has remained technology-neutral, each of the shortlisted bidders ...

  • GMWDA court hearing strike out date setSubscription

    News25 November, 2009

    The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority has applied to have waste firm Sita UKs application struck out. In September, Sita began legal action against the GMWDA after missing out on the £3.8 billion Greater Manchester Waste private finance initiative contract.

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