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Issue : 16 January 2009

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  • Waste and recycling companies face larger fines with new H&S ActSubscription

    News16 January, 2009

    Companies that breach health and safety legislation now face much stiffer fines following a major change in health and safety law. With the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 coming into force today (16 January, 2009), the maximum fine that Magistrates Courts can impose has risen four-fold from £5,000 to £20,000. The Crown Courts ability to impose unlimited fines for health and safety breaches remains unchanged.Dickinson Dees ...

  • Marks & Spencer targets cost-conscious shoppers with eco-campaignSubscription

    News16 January, 2009

    Marks & Spencer has launched a marketing drive to help cash-strapped shoppers save money by making "green" lifestyle changes.The Plan A Way to Save campaign, which marks the second anniversary of the retailer's environmental programme, enables consumers to cut costs by up to £1,000 a year and will be supported online, in stores and on wash labels in clothing.Marks & Spencer is providing tips on concerns such as cutting food waste and lowering energy bills and ...

  • Don't bail out poor quality, Campaign for Real Recycling tells KennedySubscription

    News16 January, 2009

    Commingled collections have been branded the problem behind low grade recyclates in a letter to Environment Minister Jane Kennedy.The letter, from Campaign for Real Recycling chairman Mal Williams, asked Kennedy to resist pressure to prop up or bail out poor quality collections or processes in the tough economic climate. He said that there was still a healthy and enduring market for good ...

  • Pret aims for "fully biodegradable" packagingSubscription

    News16 January, 2009

    Caterer Pret a Mangerslong term goal is to ensure that all of its products are biodegradable.In an effort to adopt more sustainable business practices the sandwich business wants to reduce its waste.Pret head of sustainability Nikki Fisher told MRW: In the long term our goal is to be fully biodegradable. We think that this is the best way forward even better than recycling. We would love to go fully biodegradable and ensure ...

  • Lord Mandelson announces financial help for SMEs Subscription

    News16 January, 2009

    A financial support package for small-to medium-sized businesses has been announced by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson.The support is intended to help businesses, including waste and recycling, address cash flow, credit and investment needs.Measures include:* A £10bn Working Capital Scheme, securing up to £20bn of short term bank lending ...

  • Consultation on future waste facility locations launches Subscription

    News16 January, 2009

    A public consultation on locations for future waste treatment plants has been launched by the West of England Waste Partnership.The partnership has published draft plans outlining its preferred option for placing facilities which will handle 800,000 tonnes of waste a year.Proposed sites are in north west Bristol, elsewhere in Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare, ...

  • Sainsbury's works with WRAP on mixed plastics recycling trialSubscription

    News16 January, 2009

    Retailer Sainsburys is doing a trial with the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to see how feasible it is to recycle mixed plastic that customers bring back.

  • Waste & recycling industry pledges to reduce accidentsSubscription

    News15 January, 2009

    Members of the Waste Industry Safety and Health forum have pledged to reduce industry accidents by 10% over five years. The waste industry has the unenviable reputation of having a fatal incident rate that is more than 10 times the national average and a reportable accident rate that is more than four times the national average.Signatories of the five year charter hope to see these figures reduced a tough pledge ...

  • Green firms get loans from Triodos BankSubscription

    News15 January, 2009

    Recycling businesses need loans but many banks will not lend to them in the current economic climate. But ethical bank Triodos Bank has increased its lending and support to the environmental sector to tackle climate change.Triodos Bank will increase the amount it lends to the environmental sector during this year. It currently lends more than £56 million in loans to businesses in the sector including recycling, food waste collection, ...

  • Veolia fined £101,000Subscription

    News15 January, 2009

    Waste company Veolia Environmental Services, who run a hazardous waste treatment facility in Bootle, Liverpool, has been fined £101,000 for an incident in April 2006 which caused the release of toxic fumes. The fumes led to four members of staff receiving medical treatment, and several members of the public reporting side effects. The company has also been ordered to pay costs of £65,000.Veolia breached a number of conditions ...

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