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Issue : 12 June 2009

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  • Dan Norris is new waste and recycling ministerSubscription

    News12 June, 2009

    Dan Norris, MP for North East Somerset, is the new Minister for Rural Affairs and Environment and replaces Jane Kennedys position. Norris has been handed a diverse portfolio as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State which sees him being made responsible for a diverse range of issues including ...

  • Driving litterbugs to face £100 fineSubscription

    News12 June, 2009

    People who throw litter from cars face fines of £100 because of new penalties agreed by the London Councils Transport and Environment Committee. The penalties have been agreed following a London-wide consultation with residents and boroughs and what level to set penalty charges for various ...

  • Environment Agency calls on Government to raise recycling barSubscription

    News11 June, 2009

    Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith called on Government to lead by example and reduce its environmental footprint by using its purchasing power to drive markets in sustainable products and reduce waste.Speaking at the Futuresource Conference (9 June) at the London Excel Arena, Lord Smith highlighted how the public sector has the power to drive market trends with an annual spend of around £150 billion and 40 per cent of the UK economy.He ...

  • 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 She has been replaced by Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Canning Town, based in East London.Glasgow-born Fitzpatrick has been MP for Poplar and Canning Town since May 2007.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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Environmental Waste Controls challenges Lancashire County Council decisionSubscription

    News12 June, 2009

    Waste and recycling management company Environmental Waste Controls has issued a high court claim for damages against Lancashire County Council, which is to go to trial on 15 June.The claim, which comes under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, is in relation to a waste contract for the Lancashire area.EWC are taking action after their tender was rejected by Lancashire County Council and the contract awarded ...

  • ERP UK: WEEE sector concerned about poor public awarenessSubscription

    News11 June, 2009

    More than 70 per cent of those working in the waste electrical and electronic equipment industry said they expect poor public awareness to remain one of their biggest challenges for the year ahead, according to a new survey. WEEE compliance scheme European Recycling Platform conducted the ...

  • Hilary Benn announces funding for anaerobic digestionSubscription

    News10 June, 2009

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has announced that five successful anaerobic digestion projects will receive Government grants to create energy from waste.The grants are being awarded under the £10 million Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs anaerobic digestion demonstration programme, and form part of wider plans to tackle food waste and packaging.  Defra selected the five projects because they will demonstrate cutting-edge ...

  • London Mayor Boris to turn food into fuelSubscription

    News10 June, 2009

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched the Food to Fuel Alliance, a major initiative to convert Londons food waste into eco-fuel. The Alliance will bring together developers, food producers, energy companies and other key partners to provide the new infrastructure London needs to extract fuel from the capitals food waste. It is estimated that around 3 million tonnes of organic waste, predominantly food, are generated in the capital each year. While ...

  • 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 ...

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