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Issue : 2 October 2009

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  • A WEEE concern over household collections - COMMENT UPDATESubscription

    News28 September, 2009

    There are fresh concerns from the waste electrical and electronic equipment industry over European Commission proposals for WEEE producers to collect from private households. The recent publication (3 September) of the

  • Around 40 per cent of Freecycle's membership has moved to Freegle, says the new reuse networkSubscription

    News29 September, 2009

    Around 40 per cent of Freecycle UKs membership has moved to newly established reuse network Freegle. According to Freegle, Freecycles unreasonable attitude has pushed nearly 900,000 of its members towards the new reuse network which means Free Giving, Locally, Easily.Set up by frustrated former members, it claims to offer greater freedom to organise the ...

  • Banana by-products used to make plasticSubscription

    News1 October, 2009

    Wheelie bins and plastic dolls may be made from discarded banana plants in future, as a study at Queens University Belfast tests to see if its natural fibres can be used to make plastic.The Polymer Processing Research Centre at the university is taking part in a €1 million study known as the Badana project. It will develop new procedures to incorporate by-products from banana plantations into the production of rotationally ...

  • Benn: No sense in dumping aluminium and food waste into landfillSubscription

    News29 September, 2009

    Secretary of State for the Environment Hilary Benn has implied that aluminium and food waste could be banned from landfill.In a speech at the Labour Partys annual conference in Brighton (28 September), Benn said that the public were recycling more than we did a decade ago but more needs to be done. He said: It doesnt make sense to dump thousands of tonnes of aluminium in landfill every year when someone will buy it and recycle it into new cans, using ...

  • Biffa unveils plans to build Hertfordshire EfW Subscription

    News30 September, 2009

    Biffa has announced plans to develop a state-of-the-art energy from waste facility near Ware.Intending to apply for planning permission this November, its plant will be able to treat 400,000 tonnes of waste each year, which will produce enough electricity to power 68,000 homes. Biffa is proposing to situate the plant at its Westmill landfill site on land already consented for future landfill ...

  • Call for producers to check batteries compliance schemes' costsSubscription

    News1 October, 2009

    Producers need to be sure of the bottom line costs of the battery compliance schemes they join up to before 15 October, according to BatteryBack chairman Peter Hunt. His comments come after the EA announced its approval of seven schemes yesterday

  • Chinese ports checking every waste paper containerSubscription

    News29 September, 2009

    Chinese ports are checking every container of waste paper due to an increase in  low quality material.Higher than accepted paper contamination in exports from the UK to China seems to have caused Chinese authorities to increase the number of inspections carried out, with many in the industry reporting 100 per cent inspections at certain ports. Mark Lyndon Paper Enterprises UK managing director Paul Briggs believes that recently there has been a ...

  • Croydon Council accused of mixing resident's recyclablesSubscription

    News30 September, 2009

    Croydon Council waste team has been accused of tipping residents segregated recyclables into a single wheelie bin when collecting their waste.Reported in the Daily Mail on 26 September, resident Darren Bagshaw claimed the binmen have been carrying out the routine for the past three months. Mr Bagshaw told the paper: Regardless of their excuses we are still forced to make sure that we separate our rubbish. It takes a lot of time and it ...

  • Defra: More residents recycle waste Subscription

    News29 September, 2009

    The proportion of people in England who say they recycle waste has increased by 20 per cent from two years ago, a new survey suggests. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published a survey entitled 2009 Public attitudes and behaviours towards the environment tracker ...

  • Duracell selects ERP as battery compliance schemeSubscription

    News28 September, 2009

    Battery manufacturer giant Duracell has chosen prospective battery compliance scheme European Recycling Platform to run its national waste battery collections. The news comes as the Environment Agency is due to approve battery compliance ...

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