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Issue : 13 March 2009

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  • £100,000 grant awarded to Welsh local authority to boost recycling Subscription

    News13 March, 2009

    A Welsh local authority has been awarded a £100,000 grant from the Welsh Assembly Government to improve its recycling rates.Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council will use the money for a campaign to encourage more households to recycle their waste and help Wales become more sustainable.Welsh Assembly Government Environment Minister Jane Davidson said that the funding was part of an £800,000 package to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill ...

  • Stirling Fibre gets new managing directorSubscription

    News13 March, 2009

    Forbes Connor has become the new managing director of Stirling Fibre, Scotlands largest paper and plastics recycling firm, following the death of his father John Connor, the previous owner.John Connor died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 65 in January. Stirling Fibre, which is based near Glasgow, in Croy, was founded by John Connor in 1977.Forbes Connor now hopes to take the business ...

  • Calls for music industry to recycle moreSubscription

    News13 March, 2009

    Recording studios, festival promoters and music offices in London are being asked to go green and reuse and recycle their waste as part of the publication of a new Green Music Guide. Julies Bicycle, a coalition working to reduce the music industrys climate change impacts, has joined forces with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to cut the music industrys carbon footprint.

  • Landfill tax will cost councils £600m next yearSubscription

    News13 March, 2009

    Landfill tax will cost local authorities in England £600 million next year and the Local Government Association has called for Government to announce plans for what the landfill tax will be beyond 2010/11.An LGA spokesman told MRW that councils in England will be paying £600m to send waste to landfill. From this April landfill tax will go up from £32 per tonne to £40 per tonne.The spokesman said: Like the business community we would ...

  • LATS concerns local authorities more than landfill tax, says industry expertSubscription

    News13 March, 2009

    The Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme is a real concern for local authorities rather than the landfill tax, a leading expert claimed.The LATS scheme places a duty on councils in England to reduce the amount of municipal waste sent to landfill but also allocates tradable landfill allowances to each authority. Landfill allowances have been allocated to the councils at a level that will allow England to meet its contribution to the UK targets under the Landfill ...

  • REY invests £55k in plastic recycling firmSubscription

    News13 March, 2009

    Not-for-profit business Resource Efficiency Yorkshire has invested £55,000 in a Sheffield-based plastics recycler Reclaim, to help transform it into the UKs largest social enterprise in the plastics recycling sector.REYs investment is part of a package of support that will help Yorkshire and Humber to cut landfill tax, reduce greenhouse emissions and boost employment opportunities.Reclaim specialises in waste plastic collection and sorting services ...

  • Illegal shipments of e-waste on the increase, new report warns - COMMENT UPDATESubscription

    News12 March, 2009

    The number of reported illegal shipments of hazardous waste from European Union countries to developing countries is increasing and better reporting of legal shipments needs to be made to understand the problem, a new report warns.European Environment Agency report Waste without borders in the EU published on 4 March, says statistical ...

  • Scotland launches carrier bag campaignSubscription

    News12 March, 2009

    The Scottish Government has launched a major media campaign to get people to reuse their carrier bags and reduce waste.In conjunction with Scottish retailers the Scottish Government hopes to halve the amount of carrier bags stores hand out.Based on the premise that an elephant never forgets, the campaign will run on TV and radio as well as in supermarkets and shops across the country.Ten major retailers and almost 500 independent ...

  • Repic: EU WEEE "one size fits all approach" targets may not work for allSubscription

    News12 March, 2009

    The European Commissions proposal to set mandatory collection targets for waste electrical and electronic equipment is welcome but the one size fits all approach may not work for all member states, claims an industry expert.Before Christmas the EC admitted that the existing system had proved difficult to administer and included unrealistic targets (see MRW story). This was ...

  • Lib Dems call for introduction of supermarket regulator to crack down on food wasteSubscription

    News11 March, 2009

    The Liberal Democrats will tackle food waste by cracking down on supermarkets which promote buy one get one free offers and support the development of anaerobic digestion.Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Tim Farron told MRW that the Liberal Democrats will form a supermarket regulator that will help stop farmers being exploited and prosecute those who recklessly waste food. It will also ...

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