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Issue : 17 April 2009

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  • "Exceptional" judgement made in "unlawful" glass recycling plant caseSubscription

    News14 April, 2009

    All work must stop and buildings must be removed at the unlawful Quinn Glass plant at Elton, near Chester, a High Court judge has ruled. The decision that Chester City Council must take enforcement action against the plant, which does not have planning permission, has pleased case claimants and rivals Ardagh Glass.Ardagh brought a court case in February to force the council to take action because, it said, it constituted unfair competition. In ...

  • Packaging recovery figures show "good progress" in 2008Subscription

    News14 April, 2009

    The UK has beaten EU targets for waste packaging recovery for 2008 in the best year yet according to the latest Government figures. Data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency showed that last year the UK recycled almost two-thirds of all packaging produced in 2008. The National Packaging Waste Database found that businesses helped recover more than seven million tonnes of packaging waste. And about 6.6 million ...

  • WRAP £1.5m grant secures £6m in-vessel composting projectSubscription

    News14 April, 2009

    A grant of £1.5million has helped secure the development of a £6m in-vessel composting plant set to be the biggest in Ireland. The Waste & Resources Action Programme provided the grant for Natural World Products 60,000 tonne a year organics facility, which will be built near West Belfast.NWP director Caolan Woods said: We were facing a shortfall in funding and receiving the WRAP grant has secured the development of the project with construction on the site ...

  • Minister highlights importance of metals recyclingSubscription

    News14 April, 2009

    The importance of British metal recyclers has been highlighted by Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Martin Horwood as he visited UK scrap yards. Industry representatives, the British Metals Recycling Associations director general Ian Hetherington gave the MP a guided tour of yards in the Midlands.Horwood said: This industry needs to be better understood. It clearly has a huge role to play in our ability to hit recycling ...

  • Battery regulations made into lawSubscription

    News15 April, 2009

    New regulations on recycling waste batteries and accumulators were laid in Parliament on Wednesday (14 March).The Government has produced regulations that establish the legislative framework for the collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators in the UK.The Regulations implement the waste provisions of the Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators Directive. They establish the scope of producer responsibility in ...

  • Recyclers voice caution over "signs" of market recoverySubscription

    News15 April, 2009

    Predictions from Credit Suisse analysts that March commodity price increases signal a market recovery have been met with caution by some in the metals industry. Analysts suggest that the commodities market has already reached its low and could now be recovering. Credit Suisse referenced indicators showing strong market performances in March by metals such as copper.The asset management company said copper showed the strongest market performance ...

  • BERR concerned over EC WEEE proposalsSubscription

    News15 April, 2009

    The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has expressed concern over the European Commissions proposals to revise the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.The proposals follow the Commissions review of WEEE and the Restriction on the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment.BERR has released a

  • Paper recycler Aylesford secures decade-long contract renewalSubscription

    News15 April, 2009

    Aylesford Newsprint has secured a decade-long contract renewal to recycle paper collected by its local council. The companys 60 acre paper making site in Aylesford is within Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council boundaries and Aylesford has been working with the council for more than 15 years. The recycler said the councils decision to extend the contract for such a significant length of time highlights the strength of their relationship and represents a commitment ...

  • Prison demolition closes in on zero waste targetSubscription

    News15 April, 2009

    A Scottish prison demolition project, managed by contractor Carillion, has beaten its own recycling target of 98 per cent by hitting 99.5 per cent. Less than half a per cent of waste from the site was sent to landfill meaning the project was very close to achieving Scotlands zero waste aspirations.Carillion demolished Low Moss prison at Bishopbriggs, Glasgow to make way for a new prison planned by the Scottish Prison Service.When the project ...

  • 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 ...

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