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Issue : 17 April 2009

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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