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Issue : 12 June 2009

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  • Environment trials electronic waste tracking systemSubscription

    News8 June, 2009

    The Environment Agency has begun a pilot project that allows businesses and industry to electronically track the collection, transfer and final destination of their waste to help clamp down on fly-tipping.The three-month Electronic Duty of Care trial is being run by six waste companies in south east England, using mobile computer technology and a web-based tracking system to create and maintain electronic waste transfer notes. It is part of the Waste Crime ...

  • Senior figures from industry and local government to join WRAPSubscription

    News8 June, 2009

    The chief executive of Sita UK and a senior local government councillor specialising in environmental issues are to join the Waste & Resources Action Programmes board.WRAP chairman Peter Stone said Sita UK chief executive and the Local Government Associations Councillor Clare Whelan would bring invaluable experience and insight at a critical period in WRAPs development.They will replace WRAP board members Mike Averill and Councillor Kay Twitchen, ...

  • Environment Minister Jane Kennedy quits the Government - UPDATESubscription

    News8 June, 2009

    Environment Minister Jane Kennedy has left her position at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs amid the continuing row over Gordon Browns leadership. She has been replaced by Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Canning Town, based in East London.Glasgow-born Fitzpatrick has been MP for Poplar and Canning Town since May 2007. He began his career as a fire fighter. According to his website, during his 23 years with the fire brigade, he was ...

  • M&S 'closes the loop' with food-grade recycled plasticSubscription

    News8 June, 2009

    For the first time, Marks & Spencer  this week will sell food packaged with plastic recycled in Britain.The retailer has worked with plastic recycling plant Closed Loop Recycling and packaging supplier Reynolds to supply it with food-grade recycled plastic.M&S salad boxes are the final step in a project to create a closed-loop for plastic ...

  • Manchester is first airport to launch Recycle ZonesSubscription

    News8 June, 2009

    Manchester Airport is the first airport to launch Recycle Zones in its refurbished airside terminals at a cost of £80 million. The Recycle Zones initiative aims to encourage people to recycle on the go and is to be implemented across the UK.The scheme is part of a collaboration between the airport, Coca Cola Enterprises and the Waste & Resources ...

  • Viridor acquires London Recycling for £11mSubscription

    News8 June, 2009

    Waste management firm Viridor has acquired independent resource management company London Recycling for £11 million.London Recycling handles 50,000 tonnes of material each year through its complete waste management system. The West Ham based firm has a fleet of waste collection vehicles, a waste electrical and electronic equipment facility, paper ...

  • WRAP: commingled is worst optionSubscription

    News9 June, 2009

    Commingled collections of recycling are the worst option for local authorities, according to new research from the Waste & Resources Action Programme. In what may be seen as a controversial move, WRAP has stated that sorting household recycling at the kerbside is the best and cheapest option in most cases. However, ...

  • New Packaging Strategy announcedSubscription

    News10 June, 2009

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched its long awaited Packaging Strategy at the Futuresource Conference.Environment Secretary Hilary Benn was speaking at the event organised by the Charted Institution of Waste Management and the Environmental Services Association at the Excel Centre in London (09 June).Addressing the waste industry, ...

  • Veolia critical of WRAP commingled reportSubscription

    News10 June, 2009

    Veolia Environmental Services deputy chief executive Paul Levett has criticised the Waste & Resources Action Programme report that source separated or dual stream collection methods are better than commingled.In the report, Choosing the right recycling collection system, WRAP stated that single stream commingled collections are the least effective solution in terms of cost and materials quality. But Mr Levett said to MRW: There is no one-size ...

  • Packaging Strategy receives mixed responseSubscription

    News10 June, 2009

    The announcement of the new Packaging Strategy has received a mixed response from key industry players.The Waste & Resources Action Programme chief executive Liz Goodwin said: Packaging waste is a major issue for shoppers, local authorities and retailers and we need to join forces to tackle it. By working across the whole supply chain, we have greater opportunities to make ...

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