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Issue : 17 April 2009

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  • Firms recycle 90% waste due to new recycling banksSubscription

    News17 April, 2009

    A new recycling bank system for business waste in Yorkshire and the North East has resulted in nearly 90 per cent of waste being recycled. Provided by Premier Waste, the initiative means businesses can simply collect their paper, cardboard, plastics, metal cans and plastic film in one container. This is then sorted at Premier Wastes materials recycling facilities. Since launching last ...

  • WasteCare: Battery producers face high entry costs to join schemesSubscription

    News17 April, 2009

    Battery producers joining battery compliance schemes will face unnecessarily expensive administration fees, costing more than £5 million, when the battery regulations commence, according to an industry expert.The Government recently approved the regulations into law (see MRW story). Under the regulations producers of batteries, which produce more than one tonne, will need ...

  • The Savoy will power 10% of its guestrooms using energy from recycled foodSubscription

    News17 April, 2009

    Londons Savoy Hotel is to turn its food waste into renewable energy.The hotel is currently closed for a £100m refurbishment, but when it is reopened it is hoped that enough energy will be created to power 10 per cent of its guest rooms.Simpsons-in-the-Strand - The Savoys restaurant - will be using the recycling process ...

  • Councils lose power to snoop on litter offendersSubscription

    News17 April, 2009

    Local authorities that use surveillance powers to see whether people put their bins out a day early are to have their powers curtailed.Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has proposed plans that will reverse the expansion of a surveillance society amid widespread discontent at the extent of official surveillance.The Government has put out a consultation on the Regulation ...

  • Charity shops alarmed at growth in commercial collectionsSubscription

    News16 April, 2009

    Charity shops have warned that textile merchants who collect unwanted goods from householders are undermining the supply of stock to charity shops.The Association of Charity Shops has argued that the international price for second hand textiles is at an all time high, when other material prices have plummeted. It claims that this has led to an increasing number of commercial firms collecting ...

  • Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority selects Veolia for waste contractSubscription

    News16 April, 2009

    Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority has selected waste management firm Veolia Environmental Services as its preferred bidder for a new 20-year waste contract.Veolia will work in partnership with MWDA to provide waste management with a major recycling infrastructure investment programme including a new materials recovery facility in Gillmoss, Liverpool.The bid includes:

  • Retailers welcome battery regulation start dateSubscription

    News16 April, 2009

    The British Retail Consortium has welcomed the Governments start date for the battery regulations for retailers.The new regulations have now been laid before Parliament and from February 2010 shops that sell more than 32 kilogrammes of portable batteries will have to collect in-store these batteries when they become waste.The BRC expressed concerns last month ...

  • European Commission launches public consultation on dismantling of shipsSubscription

    News16 April, 2009

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the options for a new initiative regarding the dismantling and recycling of ships.The consultation will allow stakeholders to provide input to the European Commission who are working on a strategy on better ship dismantling. The proposed strategy on better ship dismantling will help implement key elements of an international convention on ...

  • Recycling firm calls for landfill tax increase in IrelandSubscription

    News16 April, 2009

    An Irish-based recycling firm has called for the cost of sending rubbish to landfill to be trebled to €60 per tonne.Greyhound Recycling says the landfill levy must be increased from €20 to encourage recycling and create jobs.Marketing and communications manager Ronan Gallagher told MRW that historically landfill tax in Ireland had been low but now circumstances had changed: The real issue now is that our 2010 diversion from landfill ...

  • New recycling centre opens in WrexhamSubscription

    News16 April, 2009

    A new household waste recycling centre constructed by the waste management firm Waste Recycling Group has opened in Brymbo, Wrexham.The facility forms part of a new PFI contract which was signed in May 2007. The WRG will maintain the new site on behalf of Wrexham County Borough Council.Residents will be able to recycle items such as newspapers, garden waste, batteries and oil.WRG general manager David Rees said: The redevelopment of Brymbos ...

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