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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • EA:End-of-Life vehicles must be disposed of correctlySubscription

    News16 April, 2009

    A businessman from Evesham, Worcestershire, has been fined £8,315 for the improper dismantling of cars and careless practice.The Environment Agency took Richard Francis Hartwell to court and he pleaded guilty to four charges relating to non-compliance to his waste management licence and depositing end-of-life vehicles on land which did not have a licence in force.EA inspectors found that Hartwell was storing waste inappropriately and vehicles ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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:

  • 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 ...

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