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Issue : 17 July 2009

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  • Recycling companies can tap new green research Euro millions Subscription

    News17 July, 2009

    Materials recycling companies can tap a major €3.2 billion programme of European Union (EU) environmental research spending that was launched this week (13 July). At a ceremony in Brussels involving more than 800 senior researchers and industrialists, the European Commission ...

  • Retailers "narrowly miss" single-use carrier bags reduction targetSubscription

    News17 July, 2009

    UK retailers have failed to meet their voluntary single-use carrier bag reduction target by two per cent.At the end of 2008, seven supermarket giants made a voluntary pledge with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Northern Ireland Department of Environment to reduce the number of single-use carrier bags used by customers by 50 per cent by the end of May 2009, compared with ...

  • Anaerobic Digestion Task Group wants the public to get involved as it delivers reportSubscription

    News17 July, 2009

    The Anaerobic Digestion Task Group is asking those who want to commit to helping the development of AD in England to come forward after publishing its draft action plan on 15 July.In the draft report Developing an Implementation Plan for Anaerobic Digestion put forward by the Task Group, it targets five key priority areas. These include economics and infrastructure, ...

  • Biffa to build AD plant in StaffordshireSubscription

    News17 July, 2009

    Biffa has applied for planning permission to build an anaerobic digestion plant with a capacity of 80,000 tonnes each year.To be built at the firms waste management facility at Poplars, Cannock, the plant will treat food and vegetable waste from households and businesses in the West Midlands. The waste is usually sent to landfill but, once treated, it will generate four megawatts of electricity, which ...

  • Revised WFD consultation proposes changes to waste hierarchySubscription

    News17 July, 2009

    The waste hierarchy will be changed to include preparing for reuse under a raft of plans outlined in the Governments consultation on the revised Waste Framework Directive. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Welsh Assembly Government has published stage one of the ...

  • UK dumps 1,400 tonnes of hazardous waste in Brazil, according to media reportsSubscription

    News17 July, 2009

    According to media reports, Brazilian authorities are investigating the discovery of 64 containers of hazardous UK waste, which were found at three of its ports.The BBC has reported that apparently 1,400 tonnes of waste including batteries, syringes, condoms, nappies and hospital waste - such as bags full of blood - has been found in the port of Santos and two other ports in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.The UK Environment Agency has ...

  • Recovered LCD television screens could rebuild human bodySubscription

    News16 July, 2009

    Discarded LCD television screens could be recycled to help regenerate parts of the body, according to research by the University of York.Chemical compound polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA), which is a key element of television sets with liquid crystal displays, can be transformed into a substance suitable for use in tissue scaffolds. It can also be used in pills and dressings, which are designed to target parts of the body.

  • First biofuel boat for British WaterwaysSubscription

    News16 July, 2009

    British Waterways has launched its first biofuel boat, powered on recycled restaurant chip fat.The trial on the Aylesbury canal boat is part of a new scheme, which could see the environmentally friendly fuel replacing the usual diesel in many of its boats.British Waterways London operations supervisor Sam Thomas said: The treated cooking oil performs just as well as diesel ...

  • Renewable Energy Strategy supports solid recovered fuelSubscription

    News16 July, 2009

    The Government will develop a grant scheme to encourage the use of solid recovered fuel (waste recycled for energy) in industrial scale Combined Heat and Power facilities under measures outlined in its Renewable Energy Strategy.The strategy sets out how the UK will deliver its European target of getting 15 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020. It states that 12 per cent of the UKs heat will be generated from renewables including biomass from waste.

  • NLWA awards two MRF contractsSubscription

    News15 July, 2009

    The North London Waste Authority has awarded two five-year materials recovery facility contracts to waste management firms Greenstar UK and Bywaters. In line with the North London Joint Waste Strategy, the NLWA aims to double its current recycling rate from 24 per cent to 50 per cent and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfill. The contracts start from October 2009 to 2014 and will aim to recycle 40,000 tonnes of commingled material collected ...

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