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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • "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 ...

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