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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 ...

  • British/German partnership to boost UKs anaerobic digestion market - UPDATESubscription

    News11 March, 2009

    Commercial growth in the UKs anaerobic digestion sector could accelerate as an experienced German technology provider has agreed a partnership with a UK-based company. UK in-vessel compost operator TEG has signed a deal with German AD experts UTS to develop and build AD plants in the UK.Under the terms of the partnership, TEG will lead bids and tenders using UTSs technology and knowledge built up during 15-years developing plant throughout Europe. The companies ...

  • 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.

  • Councils and retailers should work together to tackle packaging waste, says industry expertSubscription

    News11 March, 2009

    Local authorities and retailers should stop mud slinging at each other and work together to build more recycling infrastructure to tackle packaging waste, according to an industry expert.Container supplier Straight chief executive Jonathan Straight said that the UK still lacks infrastructure to deal with types of packaging like yoghurt pots and margarine tubs and has called for councils and retailers to start helping each other to develop recycling plants.His comments ...

  • 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 ...

  • Environment minister opens £14m materials recycling facilitySubscription

    News10 March, 2009

    Environment Minister Jane Kennedy has opened a £14 million materials recycling facility run by Veolia Environmental Services in Mansfield, Nottingham today. The 85,000 tonne a year MRF will sort paper, plastic and cans collected from residents in the county. It is also part of the county councils waste private finance initiative contract with Veolia. It is expected to contribute significantly to the countys aim to reach 52 per cent recycling and composting ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Investment of £45m in UK's "first" waste-to-ethanol-fuel plantSubscription

    News11 March, 2009

    More than £45 million has been invested in the first waste-to-ethanol-fuel plant in the UK, which will make an alternative to fossil fuels. Yorkshire based waste business the Maltings Organic Treatment company was working with process inventors Gensyst, when they realised that the technology could be converted to take food and organic waste. This led to a joint venture between MOT and AqueGen (which includes Gensyst). The plant, to be built in ...

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