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Issue : 15 May 2009

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  • €13m boost for recycled Irish productsSubscription

    News14 May, 2009

    The Irish Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local government John Gormley, has launched an innovative €13million Market Development Programme to urge entrepreneurs to transform waste into sustainable products.Gormley hopes the scheme will develop new jobs and new markets in Ireland by targeting manufacturers, waste organisations, third level organisations and entrepreneurs over the next five years. It is hoped the Market Development Programme ...

  • 80,000 Oldham homes recycle food wasteSubscription

    News13 May, 2009

    Oldham residents are recycling food waste thanks to a £400,000 contract with Straight.The recycling and services group has completed the agreement with Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council to supply 80,000 homes with kitchen caddies, which are to facilitate the collection of food waste from homes. Straight has also supplied the council with 23 litre kerbside caddies.Straight chief executive Jonathan ...

  • Age is no barrier to being greenSubscription

    News14 May, 2009

    A green taskforce, made up of 10 old people from around the UK, has developed a set of recommendations to help reduce waste and promote reuse.The Greener and Wiser taskforce has been supported by charities Age Concern and Help the Aged, think tank Green Alliance and Natural England.It has been set up to increase the profile of older peoples views, aged between 52 and 90, ...

  • Asda launches free bag initiativeSubscription

    News14 May, 2009

    Supermarket Asda has launched a two week bag for life give away to help reduce carrier bag waste across all its UK stores.Plastic bags will be replaced with re-usable bags at check-outs free of charge for two weeks. Asda is committed to meeting a 50 per cent reduction target in carrier bag use.Corporate policy manager Paul Hedley said: We are encouraging our customers to reuse their bags by giving ...

  • Car scrappage scheme: Just 30 per cent of ATFs to get a boostSubscription

    News13 May, 2009

    Just 30 per cent of all authorised treatment facilities will receive a boost from the car scrappage scheme, which begins on 18 May.Scrapped cars from the car scrappage scheme will pass through the car manufacturers usual end-of-life treatment facilities instead of being opened out to the whole of the industry, meaning a small fraction will feel the benefit. A spokesperson from the Department of Business ...

  • Councils report dip in waste arisingsSubscription

    News12 May, 2009

    Local authorities are reporting a drop of up to 10 per cent in waste arisings in recent months.In March, MRW reported that local authority officers have estimated that household waste streams have dropped from between four per cent to 10 per cent comparing last years figures to this years figures.Last week, latest statistics from the Department for ...

  • Designers Antoni and Alison join Fanta for recycled bag giveawaySubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Drinks company Fanta, with help from fashion designers Antoni & Alison, are launching a free bag made entirely from recycled plastic PET bottles.Starting from 20 May 2009, the bag will come free when customers buy two two-litre bottles of Fanta and Fanta Fruit Twist exclusively from Tesco.Coca Cola Great Britain produce Fanta. CCGB marketing director Cathryn Sleight said: We are committed to operating as sustainably as possible, ...

  • Don't get over-reliant on strong overseas demand, warns recyclerSubscription

    News11 May, 2009

    A UK plastics trader and recycler has warned the industry not to get complacent with the current strong demand for material from China.AWS eco plastics commercial director Duncan Oakes said: Demand should be lower as the Chinese economy is shrinking, compared to what it was in the past. But at the moment you can sell more than you can buy. Last week, the ...

  • Duracell: Battery regulations will face teething problemsSubscription

    News11 May, 2009

    The battery regulations will face teething problems in the first six months of compliance but will become more defined in the second and third compliance periods, according to battery manufacturer Duracell.Speaking to MRW Duracell environmental external relations manager Khush Marolia said: There will be teething difficulties to start off with but once you get things up and running after the first compliance period the less uncertainty you will ...

  • Environment Agency ask public over new Cardiff energy-from-waste facilitySubscription

    News13 May, 2009

    Environment Agency Wales is seeking public opinion after receiving an environmental permit application for a new energy-from-waste facility proposed by Viridor Waste Management.Viridor has applied to build the waste facility in Trident Park, Cardiff as part of the south-east Wales Project Green initiative.Environment Agency Wales area manager for South-East Wales Cliff Moyce said: We are keen to involve the local community on this application for ...

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