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Issue : 19 June 2009

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  • Defra calls for clearer guidance on food labelling to cut wasteSubscription

    News19 June, 2009

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will work with the food industry to cut food waste by reducing the widespread confusion over food labels. Last week Environment Secretary Hilary Benn announced that he was to tackle the confusion over food labels. According to Defra, research ...

  • CPI welcomes Defra packaging strategySubscription

    News19 June, 2009

    The Confederation of Paper Industries has welcomed key issues cited in the new packaging strategy issued by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.The reaction comes after Defra published Making the most of packaging: a strategy for a low-carbon economy. (see MRW story)CPI corrugated sector manager ...

  • Straight response to Daily Mail wheelie bin campaignSubscription

    News19 June, 2009

    The Daily Mails campaign against wheelie bins is irresponsible, says a leading industry expert. The newspaper is calling on its readers to ask their local council to be given a choice between ...

  • More support for WRAP report from industry figuresSubscription

    News19 June, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme report on Choosing the right recycling collection system has been supported by more waste and recycling industry figures. Environmental charity Waste Watch welcomed the report. ...

  • Plastic recycling firm receive £450,000 top-upSubscription

    News19 June, 2009

    The Welsh Assembly Government has awarded £450,000 to recycling firm Plastic Sorting, topping up the £850,000 it received in 2007 to develop a plastic bottle sorting facility.The new sum will buy hot-wash equipment enabling plastic bottles to be flaked and washed to remove any residues and adhesive labels. Once the plastic has been through this process it will be almost indistinguishable from new material. It is hoped the first phase of the project ...

  • Shanks UK nearly doubles recycling and recovery rateSubscription

    News19 June, 2009

    Waste management firm Shanks UK has reported a 32 per cent recycling and recovery rate for the year ending March 2009, almost doubling the figure two years ago.Published in the Shanks Group Corporate Responsibility Report 2008/09, it demonstrates a huge improvement on its 2006/07 recycling and recovery rate, which was just 19 per cent. The firm is starting to close the gap between other more advanced European ...

  • Innovative composting system halves waste reduction timeSubscription

    News19 June, 2009

    Independent composting firm Greenview Environmental is opening the first of four cutting edge organic refineries next month.Using an in-vessel aeration system developed by Greenview Environmental founder John Jardine, the refinery will start production on 1 July in Corby. The IVAS composting technology reduces kerb-collected municipal and commercial organic waste to soil improver in just six weeks, which is ...

  • UK recycles 52% of its aluminium beverage cansSubscription

    News18 June, 2009

    The UK recycled 52 per cent of its aluminium beverage cans in 2007, according to new research from the European Aluminium Association.Overall, the recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in Western Europe is now 61.8 per cent, an increase by 10 per cent compared to the year 2005.The EAA reviewed the aluminium beverage can recycling rates of 27 European Union countries. The UK features low on the list with a recycling rate of 52 ...

  • Regional variations in awareness of WEEE, suggests new researchSubscription

    News18 June, 2009

    There are significant regional variations in awareness of the waste electrical and electronic equipment Regulations among small electrical businesses, according to new research from WEEE compliance scheme for gas discharge lamps Recolight.The study showed that 23 per cent of those in Greater London were unaware of the regulations. Scotland follows closely behind with 17 per cent of smaller electrical contractors unaware of the WEEE Regulations. In contrast, ...

  • Launch of ReFood brings new energy to food recycling sectorSubscription

    News18 June, 2009

    Food waste recycler PDM Group has entered a joint venture with a German anaerobic digestion technology firm, Saria Bio-Industries, to bring industrial scale recycling capabilities to the UK. The collaboration will be known as ReFood and bring a nationwide AD operation to the UK, based on the ...

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