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Issue : 15 May 2009

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  • WRAP launches competition to reduce construction wasteSubscription

    News14 May, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme and the Royal Institute of British Architects have launched a competition encouraging designers to focus on reducing construction waste in the design process.The initiative, Designing Out Waste is set to emphasise the importance of reducing the £1.5 billion the construction sector wastes each year by approaching design in a different way.WRAP ...

  • Viridor to close Beddingham landfill siteSubscription

    News13 May, 2009

    Viridor has announced the closure of its Beddingham landfill site after reaching its full capacity.The site near Lewes is to close on 16 May but will continue to generate renewable energy from the methane emissions.The site took in 250,000 tonnes of rubbish each year and currently generates around 4.9MW of electricity, which is enough to power most of the houses in Lewes.A Viridor spokesperson said: Were not surprised because we knew ...

  • Veolia and University of Birmingham agree research collaborationSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Waste management provider Veolia Environmental Services has signed a research collaboration partnership with the University of Birmingham.Veolias research and development team hope to work with the university to promote environmental research, innovation and sustainable development in areas like carbon saving and energy efficiency.Birmingham University pro-vice-chancellor for research and knowledge transfer Judith Petts said: We are delighted ...

  • Unique recycling firm receives big investmentSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Enval, the first packaging recycling company to allow complete recycling of laminate packaging waste, has obtained significant investment from the East of England Co-Investment Fund.Laminate packaging is a material made up from tightly-packed layers of aluminium and plastic that are hard to separate, such as a drink carton.The spinout company of the University of Cambridge was supported ...

  • Thefts from textile banks increaseSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    The problem of theft from textile banks is increasing, according to UK charities.Charities are already facing the problem of criminals stealing textile collections from outside homes (see MRW 5 May) because of the buoyant market price for used clothing.Textile Recycling for Aid and International ...

  • Strict controls now in place for waste paper exports to IndiaSubscription

    News11 May, 2009

    The Indian Government has enforced a new licensing system to strictly control the quality of Western waste paper imports.From 25 April, waste paper imports to India are subject to inspection by an independent approved pre-shipment inspection agency. This is due to new rules that ensure imports do not contain any municipal solid waste, post-consumer domestic waste or medical waste or any other type of hazardous contaminant. A paper exporter said: ...

  • Sims Metal Management report a $94million lossSubscription

    News14 May, 2009

    Sims Metal Management has reported a total net loss after taxes of AUS$94million over the last nine months. As Sims MMs financial results revealed last week, its European sales revenue was down two per cent on the prior corresponding nine month period. Earnings before interest and tax were at a loss of AUS$40m over the nine month period ending on 31 March 2009. Sims MM group chief executive Daniel Dienst said: Like all of our operations in the world, ...

  • SEPA waivers waste management licence feesSubscription

    News14 May, 2009

    Businesses in Scotland have saved more than £1.2 million during 2008-09 after Scotlands environment agency waived fees, including waste environmental permits, it normally charges.The Scottish Environment Protection Agency worked with the Scottish Government to identify ways to help save businesses money in the current economic climate.SEPA waived fees for applications for new environmental ...

  • Recyclers warn over severe Lollini baler delays - COMMENT UPDATESubscription

    News12 May, 2009

    Materials recycling firms have contacted MRW about the appalling service they have received from a Romanian scrap baler manufacturer.Lollini Recycling Systems and Machinery has failed to make deliveries of its bigger baling machines due to its suppliers shutting down.MRW has spoken to five separate firms which have been awaiting the delivery of their scrap balers for at least five to nine months after the original scheduled delivery ...

  • PRN market faces difficult year, says advisory committeeSubscription

    News13 May, 2009

    The market for Packaging Waste Recovery Notes is likely to be difficult this year as demand for materials drops because of the recession, according to the Advisory Committee on Packaging.The ACP is an advisory committee for the Department for Environment, Food and Environment Affairs which seeks to reduce the impact of packaging and packaging waste on the environment ...

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