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Materials Recycling World
27 November 2009

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  • Aldersgate Group: UK lacks skills to make low carbon transition

    The UK does not have the necessary skills to make the transition to a low-carbon economy at the pace required to meet mandatory targets, according to an environmental lobby group. The Aldersgate Group published its report called Mind the
  • BMRA launches new agenda at House of Commons

    A campaign lobbying Government support to develop the UKs metal recycling sector was launched yesterday (24 Nov) by the British Metals Recycling Association. At the House of Commons meeting which Environment Minister Dan Norris and Shadow Minister Anne McIntosh attended, the BMRA outlined four key areas in its Agenda for Change where it hopes to win government support so the sector can increase the contribution it makes
  • Edwin Poots opens Ireland's biggest IVC facility

    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, as well a
  • Essex County Council seeks contractors for waste PFI contract

    Essex County Council and Southend Borough Council are seeking a contractor or consortium of contractors to enter into a long-term contract for the treatment of residual municipal waste. According to MRWs sister publication Infrastructure Journal, the contract is anticipated to have an
  • European Commission calls for better implementation of EU waste law

    European Union waste law is being poorly implemented and enforced in many Member States, according to the European Commission.The EC has published two implementation reports (20 November) on implementation of the community waste legislation for the period 2004-2006 that highlight the need for significant efforts by Member States to ensure that waste management meets the standards set by EU
  • Final four short-listed for Herts PFI

    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 hav
  • Firm to invest in organic waste recycling

    Small business investor Acuity Capital Management is launching a venture capital trust for UK organic waste recycling infrastructure. Aiming to invest in eight to twelve sites and seeking £20 million from retail investors, the majority of projects will be made up of anaerobic digestion technology, while the remaining few will be in-vessel composting sites. Envar, the
  • Five people arrested after 96 hazardous waste drums found

    Five people have been arrested in connection with the organised dumping of hazardous waste in remote areas of Shropshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire earlier this year.Three men aged 37, 41 and 48 were arrested on 19 November and another 41-year-old man and 44-year-old woman from Bolton were detained earlier today (23 November). All have been apprehended on suspicion of committing environmental offences and bailed until 2 March. Police, with help from the En
  • GMWDA court hearing strike out date set

    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.
  • Greyhound Recycling: Ireland's landfill levy should be increased to €40 per tonne

    Irelands landfill levy does not go far enough and should be increased to €40 per tonne in 2010, according to an Irish recycling firm.Greyhound Recycling and Recovery has stated the increase of €10 per tonne will not deter businesses and households from using landfill as a solution to the waste they generate.A spokesman said: Given the nature of the Irish economy at the moment, it is actually cheaper to landfill material than it is to recover or recycle. B
  • Hackney first to sign up to waste collection commitment

    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 neighbo
  • Harrow to transform cigarette ends into loft insulation

    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. 
  • Leeds bin strike ends and Brighton bin strike suspended

    A Leeds bin strike has ended after union members agreed to accept a deal made by Leeds City Council. Workers will return to work on 25 November and rubbish collections will return to normal. Striking refuse collectors have been embroiled in a row over pay and had been on strike since 7 September (
  • LSE censures Environmental Recycling Technologies for rule-breaking

    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.Londo
  • May Gurney wins £75M Bridgend contract

    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 May Gu
  • Network Rail to recycle 1/4 of UK railway waste at new facility

    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. We
  • NWRWMG announces shortlist of bidders for £500m PPP waste contract

    Northern Irelands North West Region Waste Management Group has announced the shortlist of bidders through to the next stage of its £500 million public private partnership contract to deliver new waste plants for the area. The four shortliste
  • Peterborough EfW plans approved

    Peterborough City Councils planning and environmental protection committee has approved plans to build an energy-from-waste facility but the Government Office for the East may still call-in the application for review.The Government Office for the East covers areas in the east of England region such as Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk. It brings together into a single operation the varied regional activities of a range of Government departments with the aim of making
  • Plastic recyclers dispute company name

    A dispute has broken out between two plastic recycling companies over the registration of a company name.Eurokey Recycling Ltd was formed in 1995 and since 2000 has been operating as a successful plastic recycler. During a routine credit check by one of its suppliers, a company was discovered registered as Eurokey Plastics Recycling. This company had been registered by Noman Iqbal, who is the brother of
  • Scotland's recycling rates rise

    Scotlands annual recycling and composting rate rose to 35.2 per cent for the year July 2008 to June 2009, according to new figures from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. A total of 1.22 million tonnes of biodegradable municipal was
  • Secrets of success

    Staffordshire Moorlands District Council uses a dual-stream collection system for its household recyclables. MRW takes a closer look
  • Somerset Waste Partnership inspires proposals for Waste Recycling (End-Use Register) Bill

    The Somerset Waste Partnership has inspired an Early Day Motion to support a Waste Recycling (End-Use Register) Bill. An Early Day Motion is a formal motion submitted for debate in the House of Commons. If the Bill gets through Parliament and is turned into law it could require all local autho
  • Tories plan to pay people to recycle

    A Conservative Government will use the RecycleBank scheme to incentivise people to recycle rather than punish them with bin taxes, according to Shadow Chancellor George Osborne. Speaking at Imperial College in London (24 November), Osborne said that using green taxes in a clever way will help counci
  • Verdant wins £2M contract with Conwy

    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 i
  • WRAP: Eat forgotten freezer food

    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 foods, and

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