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Issue : 18 December 2009

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  • £4M bioenergy fund on offer for community organisationsSubscription

    News18 December, 2009

    Business and community organisations such as schools and hospitals can now apply for £4M of new funding to buy and install bio-energy systems.Under the Bio-Energy Capital Grants scheme, grants of up to £500,000 are on offer to individual projects that want to install biomass boilers, CHP systems or anaerobic digesters. The sum on offer should be 40 per cent of the cost difference between a biomass boiler and its fossil fuel alternative.Energy ...

  • First commericial AD plant for North WalesSubscription

    News17 December, 2009

    North Wales is to build its first commercial anaerobic digestion facility after Anglesey Council granted planning permission for a plant which will treat up to 25,000 tonnes of waste.Anglesey Ecoparc Mon - run by the same group which owns Grays Waste Management already has planning approval to construct a recycling centre on a site at the Mona Industrial Estate. The AD plant will be built in addition, treating food and farm waste.Anglesey Ecoparc ...

  • CO2Sense Yorkshire offers SMEs £800,000 to improve resource efficiencySubscription

    News17 December, 2009

    CO2Sense Yorkshire has announced £800,000 of resource efficiency funding for small and medium businesses in the Yorkshire and Humber region.Offered through two packages the Greenhouse Gas Savings Fund and the Innovative Resource Efficiency Projects Fund - the money will help SMEs to cut greenhouse gas emissions from using their resources more cost-effectively. CO2Sense Yorkshire operations director Andy Hartley said: Our key aim is to increase ...

  • AfOR plea for help to take on taxSubscription

    News17 December, 2009

    An unfair tax that could cripple the industry is being taken on by a recycling trade body but it needs support from the sector.The Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR) is lobbying the government over the new business rates due to come into effect in April next year. Those who are already paying could see their rates rise by as much as 75%.AfOR is concerned that the tax is being based on the size of a ...

  • Surrey County Council drops incinerator plansSubscription

    News17 December, 2009

    Surrey County Council has axed plans to build two energy from waste plants after improved waste and recycling rates meant there was no need for such big facilities.In their place, a gasification plant and anaerobic digestion plant will be built to handle 100,000 tonnes of waste each year, instead of the 270,000 tonne capacity the incinerators offered.Leader of the council Dr Andrew Povey said: I am pleased to announce that we are scrapping plans ...

  • Straight wins £1.3M worth of contractsSubscription

    News17 December, 2009

    Recycling container supplier Straight has been awarded £1.3 million worth of contracts to service four local authorities.The firm is to supply kitchen caddies to Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Newcastle Under Lyme and Stockport. In total, it is supplying 212,000 homes with its seven litre caddies and 149,000 homes will receive its 23 litre kitchen caddies. Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council will also take delivery of 18 ...

  • Publishers praised for hitting recycling target five years earlySubscription

    News17 December, 2009

    The Government has praised magazine publishers for their recycling achievements.Results from the representative body for magazine publishers the Periodical Publishers Association, showed that almost 72 per cent of magazines read by consumers were recycled in 2008. This means that the recycling target for magazine publishing has been met five years before its 2013 target.Minister for rural affairs ...

  • Non-ferrous materials reportSubscription

    News16 December, 2009

    This week MRW spoke to 14 businesses to produce this report.

  • Carbon Trust invests £4M in energy from waste technologySubscription

    News15 December, 2009

    Waste treatment and renewable energy firm New Earth Solutions Group has received a £4 million investment from Carbon Trust Investments. Set up by the Government to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, the Carbon Trust hopes to support New Earths creation of a waste to energy business.The ...

  • Veolia fined £150,000 after 15-month investigation into blazeSubscription

    News15 December, 2009

    Veolia ES Cleanaway, a subsidiary of Veolia Environmental Services, has been fined £150,000 for breaching health and safety regulations after a fire broke out at the site in Preston, closing two motorways. A 15-month investigation was launched by the Health and Safety Executive after a fire began in July 2007 at an area of the site used to store drums of chemicals. ...

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