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Issue : 15 May 2009

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  • 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, ...

  • Good vibrations shake up for local authoritiesSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Local authorities will have to take steps to minimise the vibrations from vehicles such as refuse lorries to reduce the impact on the health of their staff because of a new European Union Directive, according to an industry expert.From July 2010, a new EU Directive called the Control of Noise and Control of Vibration Regulations (2005),Vibrating Directive, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Mothercare takes sustainable stepsSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Mother-and-baby chain Mothercare has awarded waste firm Severnside Recycling with a three-year recycling contract.Mothercare group business development manager Emma Conroy said: We aim to reduce the amount of waste we currently send to landfill by encouraging recycling and sustainability across all our stores. Severnside is conducting a comprehensive waste management audit with a view to introducing a recycling service to achieve these aims and to support our ...

  • Geesink Norba unveil UK's first electric plug-in waste vehicleSubscription

    News15 May, 2009

    Geesink Norba has launched the UKs first plug-in electric waste collection vehicle.Assembled and unveiled in Wales, the truck has a zero emissions output and remains almost silent when crushing and compacting waste. This quiet factor also means the trucks are able to work at any time in the day without disturbing people, unlike the usual diesel variety.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • Eurocell acquires Merritt PlasticsSubscription

    News14 May, 2009

    Manufacturer and distributer of PVC-u systems Eurocell Profiles has announced the acquisition of Merritt Plastics.This acquisition of PVC-u recycling and extrusion company, Merritt Plastics, will allow Eurocell to recycle much higher volumes of windows it replaces, reducing its carbon footprint and landfill costs.Merritt Plastics founder Simon Readman said: This is an exciting new era for us. Weve built ...

  • 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 ...

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