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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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

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