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Issue : 13 March 2009

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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