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Issue : 13 March 2009

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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, ...