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Issue : 11 December 2009

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  • 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.

  • Teesside offered £60m "green" rescue packageSubscription

    News11 December, 2009

    Teesside has been offered a £60 million rescue package to invest in green manufacturing in the wake of the Corus steelworks closure.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Waste board gives £12m to gasification plantSubscription

    News9 December, 2009

    The London Waste and Recycling Board has announced that it will give £12 million of guarantee funding to a gasification plant proposed for a site in Dagenham, east London. The plant, run by London-based technology firm Biossence, will process 100,000 tonnes of the capitals waste and turn it ...

  • Waste electrical and electronic equipment firm's failure left staff with mercury poisoningSubscription

    News9 December, 2009

    A director from the Electrical Waste Recycling Group in Huddersfield will be sentenced next year for breaching health and safety charges. According to the Yorkshire Post (24 November) ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • Textile collector poses as official body to target rival binsSubscription

    News9 December, 2009

    Growing competition in the textile industry has led to a rogue collector masquerading as an official body to possibly take other collectors banks or sites. According to the Textiles Recycling Association, because of the current high price of textiles, there are rogue tactics being used by a firm in the Midlands. Not a TRA member itself, it is parading as an official environmental enforcement ...

  • Six firms in the running for N. Lincs £250M waste contractSubscription

    News9 December, 2009

    Eight bids from six companies have been approved by North Lincolnshire Council for its £250M waste contract. Competing for the contract to handle the areas residual waste are:-North Lincolnshire Green Energy-Orchid Environmental -Sterecycle -Waste Recycling GroupAnd those firms still in the running to handle organic waste are:-County Mulch-Shanks Waste Management- Sterecycle

  • 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 ...

  • Utility companies set to benefit from old electronic meter recyclingSubscription

    News9 December, 2009

    Waste electrical and electronic equipment recyclers are set to play a major role in recycling old electronic meters as British utility companies begin replacing them with smart meters.According to the Times, utility firms are set to profit from precious metals, worth £10 million, within old electronic meters.WEEE recycling firm EEE director Mark Wolle told the Times that 100,000 British electricity meters could collectively contain ...

  • WRAP launches new recycling performance benchmarks for local authoritiesSubscription

    News8 December, 2009

    A combination of social demographic and geographical factors influences local authority kerbside dry recycling performance, according to new research by the Waste & Resources Action Programme. The report called

  • Waste sector speaks out about CopenhagenSubscription

    News8 December, 2009

    The waste industry has expressed mixed views on the implications of Copenhagen for the waste sector. The UN climate summit in Copenhagen aims to strike a deal on major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (7-13 December).

  • Veolia wins £8m waste contract in WycombeSubscription

    News8 December, 2009

    Waste management firm Veolia Environmental Services has won a waste contract with Wycombe District Council following a competitive tender, which will commence in April 2010. The £8 million contract builds on the success of Veolias partnership with Wycombe District Council and includes a new ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • WRAP ups recycling by 900,000 tonnes in West MidlandsSubscription

    News7 December, 2009

    Nearly £1.5 million has been awarded to waste and recycling firms in the West Midlands through a grant scheme run by the Waste & Resources Action Programme.The WRAP Advantage West Midlands programme has chosen 13 businesses eligible for the boost, which will divert more than 900,000 tonnes of industrial waste away from landfill in total.WRAP AWM manager Julia Turner said: Although we have almost allocated our ...

  • 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 ...

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