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Issue : 10 July 2009

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  • Wood Recyclers Association gets new chairmanSubscription

    News10 July, 2009

    Wood Recyclers Association chairman Geoff Hadfield has stepped down from his position after a four-year stint and handed over stewardship to Wood Yew Waste managing director Clem Spencer. Spencer paid tribute to his predecessor and said that he would build on his good work in further strengthening and extending ...

  • Waste to energy challenges discussed at London Assembly meetingSubscription

    News10 July, 2009

    The London Assembly Environment Committee has discussed the challenges London will face to turn its waste into energy and heat at a committee meeting to influence the Mayor of Londons forthcoming Municipal Waste Strategy. The Committee said that there ...

  • Smurfit Kappa Recycling achieves internationally recognised standardsSubscription

    News10 July, 2009

    Smurfit Kappa Recycling has achieved internationally-recognised standards in environmental management and health and safety.Following an independent audit by AJA Registrars the firm received the BS EN ISO14001 -  Environmental Management System Standard - across each of Smurfit Kappa Recyclings site and depots. It was also awarded the OHASAS18001, which recognises its Occupational Health and Safety ...

  • Environment Agency launches major project to tackle fly-tippingSubscription

    News10 July, 2009

    The Environment Agency has launched a pilot with eight major UK landowners to identify the real extent of fly-tipping on private land. The EA has found that landowners are spending ...

  • Sterecycle to build £50m recycling plant in WalesSubscription

    News10 July, 2009

    Sterecycle has been granted planning permission to build and operate a major new recycling plant in Cardiff.The company plans to invest up to £50 million in the plant making it capable of processing 200,000 tonnes of unsorted household and commercial waste each year. Based in Wentloog, it will create 60 new long-term jobs for plant operators and 100 jobs while in construction. It is hoped ...

  • Keep Britain Tidy tackles road litter loutsSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    Anti-litter charity Keep Britain Tidy has launched a campaign to toughen punishments for drivers dropping litter.The charity wants to see drivers fined and receiving one penalty point on their driving licence. Currently, littering motorists face £100 fines if caught. According to Keep Britain Tidy, nearly a quarter of people (23 per cent) admit to dropping litter from their vehicles and more than ...

  • May Gurney wins £16 million contract with Essex County CouncilSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    Infrastructure services firm May Gurney has been awarded a £16 million four-year contract to operate and manage half of the recycling centres in Essex.From 1 July, the firm will be operating 11 sites in South Essex, which recycle a large range of materials including garden waste, engine oil, plastic bottles and scrap metal. Additionally, they take bulky items such as unwanted furniture. May Gurney Environmental ...

  • Ten companies short-listed for Gloucestershire waste PFISubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    Ten waste management firms have been short-listed for Gloucestershires new  £171 million waste private finance initiative.Following a bidders day in February, ten firms out of 40 have been invited to provide the best solutions to help Gloucestershire County Council reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill. The companies were judged on their pre-qualification questionnaires, which asked for information on their technical, financial ...

  • NWRWMG announces shortlist of biddersSubscription

    News8 July, 2009

    The North West Region Waste Management Group, a voluntary coalition of councils comprising of seven councils in north west of Northern Ireland, has shortlisted six bidders for its £500 million public private partnership waste contract. The shortlist of six bidders for the 25-year contract ...

  • EIC: Government needs to extend new Low Carbon Industrial Strategy to make UK competitiveSubscription

    News8 July, 2009

    The Environmental Industries Commission has launched a new report and campaign calling on the Government to urgently extend its Low Carbon Industrial Strategy to set out a comprehensive framework for putting the whole UK environmental industry at the heart of a global environmental market place.

  • 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 ...

  • Hertfordshire waste PFI teams shortlistedSubscription

    News6 July, 2009

    Hertfordshire County Council has shortlisted six teams for its £800 million residual waste private finance initiative project. The bidders are:

  • Scotland's renewable action plan supports energy from waste sectorSubscription

    News6 July, 2009

    The Scottish Government has published an action plan that will help support the development of the energy from waste sector to help it contribute to Scotlands renewable heat target.Cabinet Secretary for finance and sustainable growth John Swinney said that developing the right renewables infrastructure and boosting skills will help Scotland to meet its climate change targets.The Renewables Action Plan was published on 1 July and identifies collective ...

  • Nearly 70 per cent surveyed believe the Government could do moreSubscription

    News6 July, 2009

    Results of a survey show 69 per cent of respondents believe the Government is not doing enough to financially incentivise the environment sector, as 57 per cent say they have been affected by the recession.Conducted by the Environmental Industries Commission Environment Investment Network the survey - The Green Funding Gap: Environmental investment missing in the recession has found that new and ...

  • The CPI urges caution over UK recovered paper rateSubscription

    News6 July, 2009

    The Confederation of Paper Industries urged caution as the Confederation of European Paper Industries announced the UKs recovered paper rate to be well above average.Data from  the CEPI Annual Statistics for 2008 shows that the UKs recovered paper average is 77 per cent, which is 10 per cent above its reported average. However, the CPI believes that if extra detail ...

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