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Issue : 13 March 2009

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  • EU proposes updates to IPPC DirectiveSubscription

    News9 March, 2009

    The European Union Environment Committee has backed a Commission proposal to update and strengthen existing rules on the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive, which includes looking at waste incineration plants.The EU Environment Committee has inserted new provisions for introducing EU-wide emission limits, greater flexibility in granting permits, excluding small plants, and better informing the public.To cut industrial pollution, ...

  • Scotland "key player" in green economy growthSubscription

    News9 March, 2009

    Scotland is a key player in driving the UKs low carbon economy forward, the Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy has said. His comments follow the Governments Low Carbon Industrial Summitheld last week.Research from Innovas showed that low carbon and environmental goods and services already make a significant contribution to the regional economy.Sales ...

  • Enthusiasm for co-operative consensus revealed at Waste Action Forum Subscription

    News9 March, 2009

    An upbeat waste and recycling industry with a real desire for closer co-operation between companies and local authorities has been revealed at the latest Waste Action Forum. A positive consensus was clear at the meeting where WAF members met to discuss action to fight back against the ...

  • Reward people for not dropping litter, says author Bill BrysonSubscription

    News9 March, 2009

    Bottle bank deposit bank schemes, that reward people for not dropping litter, will help increase recycling and tackle the blight of littering in Britain, according to a new report.Think tank Policy Exchange and the Campaign to Protect Rural England launched a new report, Litterbugs, to highlight the problem of littering in Britain which costs £500 million a year for local authorities to clean up. ...

  • The Department of Health: No current figures on prescription wasteSubscription

    News9 March, 2009

    The Department of Health do not have current figures on the amount of prescription drugs thrown away and wasted.A spokesman said that the DH is currently commissioning work to establish the true extent of and the reasons for this waste and this will provide the basis for further action to reduce waste.He added: DH currently supports a range of initiatives including repeat dispensing, and Medicines Use Reviews where pharmacists help patients get ...

  • Waste sector investor backs potential organics recycling dynastySubscription

    News10 March, 2009

    Waste and recycling sector investor the Foresight Group has backed another recycling sector dynasty in the making with a £5 million investment in a food waste company. Last year the group announced its investment in plastics recycler Closed Loop Recycling, which plans to build plants around the UK.Now it has backed food waste company Vertal which plans to build nine advanced in-vessel accelerated composting plants nation-wide.Initially the cash ...

  • EU invests €105 billion in 'green economy' and waste management gets a quarter of the totalSubscription

    News10 March, 2009

    The European Commission is investing €105 billion in the green economy through the EU Cohesion Policy. Water and waste management accounts for €28 billion of the total.Funds are used to help Member States comply with EU environmental legislation and funding represents more than 30% of the regional policy budget for 2007-2013, to help create green jobs.The main objective of the Cohesion Policy and regional policy budget is to accelerate the process ...

  • Repic takes Government to court over WEEE rulesSubscription

    News10 March, 2009

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment producer compliance scheme Repic has begun judicial review proceedings over the Governments failure to close loopholes in the system designed to ensure that WEEE items are recycled.In a press statement, Repic said that the WEEE rules are being exploited by some organisations seeking to extract excessive profit from the manufacturers duty to prove they are recycling their share of waste equipment.While ...

  • Still no takers for pay-as-you-throw schemesSubscription

    News10 March, 2009

    Not one local authority has come forward to pilot pay-as-you-throw schemes, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed.Such schemes would have seen residents rewarded for recycling or charged for producing too much rubbish.The plans form part of the Climate Change Act. But a Defra spokeswoman said: No local authorities have so far come forward to pilot a financial incentive scheme. Should any local authority wish to ...

  • Kerbside Calderdale faces "extinction" next monthSubscription

    News10 March, 2009

    West Yorkshire-based community recycler Kerbside Calderdale is facing extinction and has asked Calderdale Council to conduct an independent enquiry as to how it could be driven to the wall.Kerbside Calderdale chief executive Paul Brannigan told MRW that Kerbside Calderdale will probably stop recycling collections by the end of April because it has run out of funds. Kerbside claims that it collects 90% of recycling from residents in Calderdale. But ...

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