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Issue : 2 October 2009

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  • Landfill extension granted for Sita's Aberdeen siteSubscription

    News2 October, 2009

    Sita UK has been granted planning permission to continue landfilling at its Hill of Tramaud site for a further 18 months. Originally due to close at the end of this year, Aberdeen City Council agreed to the extension, which will allow the site to accept waste until June 2011.Sita expected a 120,000 tonne shortfall in the amount of waste landfilled by the end of 2009. If the site does not reach ...

  • Midlands waste PFI out for tenderSubscription

    News2 October, 2009

    Coventry City Council has issued a tender notice for the £1 billion PFI venture Project Transform.The three-council waste management project, which includes Coventry, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council, will treat 305,000 tonnes of municipal waste each year by 2040.Warwickshire County Council programme manager for waste management Kalen Wood said: We want to have as much competition for the tender as possible. ...

  • Veolia loses High Court waste caseSubscription

    News2 October, 2009

    Environmental campaigners are celebrating after a High Court judge ruled (1 October) that waste firm Veolia Environmental Services had to disclose commercial information about its £850 million PFI waste contract with Nottinghamshire County Council. The case could set an important precedent ...

  • Tarmac and Mouchel set recycled road standard Subscription

    News1 October, 2009

    Resurfacing work on the M25 has achieved the highest ever re-use of Recycled Asphalt Pavement material in the national motorway network.Over 700 tonnes of existing porous surface course was recycled into the new road surface between junctions seven and six, using 40 per cent RAP material a first on a motorway or major A road maintained by the Highways Agency. The project was undertaken through a joint partnership between consulting and business ...

  • Fly tipping drops by 9.3 per centSubscription

    News1 October, 2009

    Fly-tipping incidents have dropped by nearly ten per cent in the past year but the environment minister says more needs to be done.New statistics published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show fly-tipping has dropped by 9.3 per cent, as incidents fall from 1.28 million in 2007/08 to 1.16 million with half of these occurring ...

  • 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 ...

  • Innovative online tool launched for construction waste recovery Subscription

    News1 October, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme has launched an innovative new tool, allowing materials recycling operators and waste management contractors to track recovery rates.Aimed at those working in the construction industry and committed to halving waste to landfill, the Site Specific Waste Analysis Tool enables ...

  • 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

  • Legislation threatens innovation in renewable fuelsSubscription

    News30 September, 2009

    Government legislation has not caught up with its strategy on renewable energy and threatens to hamper innovation, according to used cooking oil (UCO) collection and recycling company Living Fuels.The Norfolk-based firm has developed a way of refining UCO, normally considered a waste, into a green fuel which has an End of Waste (EoW) classification. The fuel, LF100, can be used to generate renewable electricity. It is manufactured by Living Fuels, part of the Alternative ...

  • 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 ...

  • EA plans charges for formerly exempt sitesSubscription

    News30 September, 2009

    Waste and metal operators who will no longer be exempt from environmental permitting following the Environment Agencys current exemptions consultation could have to pay up to £2,750 to apply for a permit for their site.In a consultation on proposed environmental permitting charges for 2010/11, the EA outlined how the charges would affect the estimated 5,000 sites which are currently exempt from a permit but, under its ongoing review of the exemptions system, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Viridor submits plans to build MBT plant in CheshireSubscription

    News30 September, 2009

    Viridor has submitted a planning proposal to build a mechanical and biological treatment plant in Cheshire as part of the PFI contract on offer to treat its household waste.Competing against Resource Recovery Solutions for the 25-year contract on offer from Chester West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils, Viridors plans will see the MBT ...

  • London Waste and Recycling Board gets huge response to funding callSubscription

    News30 September, 2009

    The London Waste and Recycling Board has received 170 proposals in its first round of funding requests following its call earlier this year for interested parties to bid for money from its £84 million funding pot to help the capital manage its waste. At a LWaRB meeting (29 September) on funding ...

  • Environment Agency announces approved batteries compliance schemes - UPDATESubscription

    News30 September, 2009

    The wait is over for seven battery compliance schemes which have successfully received approval to run their schemes from the Environment Agency and now the race is for them to sign up battery producers. The successful schemes are:

  • 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 ...

  • Planning permission approved for new March AD plantSubscription

    News29 September, 2009

    Local Generation has received planning permission to build an anaerobic digestion plant in March, Cambridgeshire.The plant will be situated adjacent to Local Generations sister company - leading vegetable food packager and producer Fenmarc Produce in Westry. Fuelled on potato waste produced at the Fenmarc site and other locally sourced food waste currently going to landfill, the plant ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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