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Issue : 11 December 2009

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  • Chancellor announces boiler scrappage scheme in Pre-Budget ReportSubscription

    News9 December, 2009

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has announced measures to introduce a scrappage scheme for boilers in his Pre-Budget Report in order to help build a low carbon recovery for the UK. It is part of one of ...

  • Councillors withdraw Dorset's PFI bid for waste treatment plantSubscription

    News9 December, 2009

    Dorset County Council councillors have agreed to withdraw a bid for Government private finance initiative funding to help build and run a new waste treatment facility. The cabinet decided to withdraw from the final stage of the PFI following a recommendation from the councils project board. ...

  • Councils in Ireland share €5.6 million recycling fundSubscription

    News7 December, 2009

    The Irish Government will be allocating €5.6 million in funding to assist local authorities in meeting the costs associated with the operation of their bring banks and civic amenity facilities for the period January to June 2009. Making the announcement, Minister for the Environment John Gormley ...

  • EA gains injunction for illegal waste siteSubscription

    News11 December, 2009

    The Environment Agency has gained a High Court injunction against an illegal waste site at Long Meadow Farm, Brick House Lane, Surrey. The injunction prevents the importation, disposal, treatment and deposit of waste at the site.The injunction follows two prosecutions and an investigation by the EAs Environmental Crime and Environment Management teams. The EA states that illegal waste activities persisted following the prosecutions so it had no option but to seek an injunction.

  • Food and drink manufacturers to improve on waste preventionSubscription

    News11 December, 2009

    More UK food and drink manufacturers could improve on their waste prevention measures by reducing packaging and ingredient shrinkage, according to the Food and Drink Federation. The FDF has conducted 13 detailed waste prevention site reviews in conjunction with the Waste & Resources Action ...

  • Government makes new appointments for WEEE Advisory BodySubscription

    News7 December, 2009

    Business Minister Ian Lucas has announced the appointment of 11 new members to the waste electrical and electronic equipment advisory body. It is a non-departmental body established to provide advice to Government on the WEEE Directive and the UK WEEE Regulations. Lucas said: The WAB plays ...

  • Oxfam toughens up bank securitySubscription

    News9 December, 2009

    Oxfam is installing special shoots onto its textile banks to prevent theft. However, it denied a report that children were being used to climb inside the old-style banks and rob them. The charity has 640 textile banks, 100 of which already have the new mechanism. Over the next 12 months most banks will either have the shoot retrofitted or will be replaced entirely.Currently, one bank a week is stolen from ...

  • Pre-Budget Report: Councils to reduce waste disposal costsSubscription

    News10 December, 2009

    Councils will need to reduce their waste collection and disposal costs to help deliver efficiency savings worth £550 million a year in local government spending cuts by 2012-13, according to proposals in the Pre-Budget Report. In an effort to make £11 billion a year of savings across the public ...

  • Shanks approached by private equity firmSubscription

    News7 December, 2009

    Waste management firm Shanks has confirmed that a private equity company has approached the group with a cash offer of 135p per share, valuing it at £535 million. However, after discussions with its two main shareholders, the offer thought to be made by the Carlyle Group would have to rise to 150p per share to deliver an appropriate value to shareholders. Shanks, a public company listed on the stock exchange, would ...

  • Sita submits planning application for Severnside EfW plantSubscription

    News11 December, 2009

    Waste management firm Sita UK has submitted a planning application for a new £200 million energy-from-waste plant to be built on a brownfield site at Severnside, South Gloucestershire. The proposed facility, which could process up to 400,000 tonnes of non-recycled commercial and industrial ...

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