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Issue : 15 May 2009

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  • Hilary Benn announces third sector taskforce membershipSubscription

    News14 May, 2009

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has selected 16 members for a new third sector taskforce on climate change, waste and recycling, the environment and sustainable development.The aim of the taskforce is to develop a vision and action plan for wider third sector involvement in these issues and to identify how Government and the third sector can best work together and contribute their expertise and the ability to reach people.A Department for Environment, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • New Scottish National Waste Management Plan to be launched in 2010 Subscription

    News14 May, 2009

    Scotland will launch a National Waste Management Plan next year that will outline Scotlands key objectives in relation to waste prevention, recycling and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.The Scottish Government has ambitious zero waste plans to encourage recycling and reduce waste. These include plans to increase the amount of municipal waste being recycled or composted to 60 per cent by 2020 and 70 per cent by 2025. A three-month ...

  • 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 ...

  • €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 ...

  • Morrisons to encourage customers to cut wasteSubscription

    News13 May, 2009

    Supermarket Morrisons has launched its Great Taste Less Waste programme that aims to reduce the amount of food waste its customers create.The retailer has investigated the optimum ways to package fresh produce so that it lasts as long possible and aims to educate its customers on how best to store it at home. Speaking at a Local Government Association-organised debate on packaging, WM Morrison Supermarkets chief executive Marc Bolland said: We want ...

  • Plastic export quality is poor, says traderSubscription

    News13 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.Oakes said the current strong overseas demand and prices meant plastics traders were playing the market and ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...