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Issue : 10 July 2009

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  • Rio Tinto to sell American division of packaging firmSubscription

    News8 July, 2009

    Rio Tinto has agreed to sell its Alcan Packaging Food Americas division to flexible packaging company Bemis for $1.2 billion.The completion of the sale, of which $200 million may be in the form of shares in the Bemis Company, remains subject to closing conditions.Rio Tinto chief financial officer Guy Elliott said: The sale of the Food Americas division ...

  • Innovative partnership provides new waste management parksSubscription

    News8 July, 2009

    Three councils are joining together to create an innovative new partnership for two waste management parks. Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Council joined together in the re3 Partnership, and are now working with Waste Recycling ...

  • Covanta acquires Veolia's North American EfWsSubscription

    News8 July, 2009

    Energy-from-waste plant developer Covanta Energy has acquired the bulk of Veolia Environmental Services North American EfW division in a $450 million agreement.Covanta will take over seven of the waste management firms EfW facilities, which process a total of three million tonnes of waste each year. It is hoped the additions to Covanta will ...

  • Manchester uni students boost recyclingSubscription

    News8 July, 2009

    A pilot Manchester City Council scheme encouraging students to recycle their rubbish before leaving their homes has seen tonnes of waste being re-used or recycled. Extra collections and information packs went to student areas across south Manchester throughout May and June, during the pilot. ...

  • Smurfit Kappa makes 140 redundancies in CorkSubscription

    News8 July, 2009

    Smurfit Kappa has made 140 redundancies at its corrugated packaging plant in Cork, Ireland.The plant employs 170 people and has been in operation since 1974.Discussions took place on 1 July between the firm, its employees and their representatives regarding the job losses. A statement from Smurfit Kappa said: A significant manufacturing presence is being retained to service a range of local customers throughout the Munster region.

  • Scheme to halve plastics going to landfill launchedSubscription

    News7 July, 2009

    The plastics industry has launched a campaign to double the recycling rate of plastic packaging by 2020. This follows a survey that found only half of councillors were confident councils could meet the Governments waste strategy.Unveiled in of front MPs and council leaders at Westminster, the Plastics 2020 Challenge focuses on reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering plastic. ...

  • WRAP and EA at risk under Conservative quango reviewSubscription

    News7 July, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme and the Environment Agency could be under threat under a Conservative Government. Conservative Party leader David Cameron has pledged to cut the number of unelected quangos to save money and increase accountability.

  • Staffordshire shortlist for waste PFI revealed Subscription

    News7 July, 2009

    Staffordshire County Council has shortlisted two waste firms for its 25-year private finance initiative waste contract. The shortlisted bidders are:

  • Corus is back in the scrap marketSubscription

    News7 July, 2009

    Leading steel producer Corus has started buying small tonnages of scrap, it has been confirmed. Market sources told MRW that the company, which has not bought anything since October 2008, has been able to use its internal resources since this time because market demand has been so low. However, the amounts being bought are relatively small and not significant enough to affect the market.

  • Every Can Counts scheme pilots in Asda trial storesSubscription

    News6 July, 2009

    Supermarket Asda has launched a drinks can recycling programme to run across 49 of its stores in the north west of England. Asda has partnered up with Every Can Counts, a partnership between drinks can manufacturers, the recycling industry and waste management companies. It is being implemented ...