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Issue : 20 February 2009

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  • EA sees itself as a "facilitator" and "regulator"Subscription

    News16 February, 2009

    Environment Agency chair Lord Chris Smith has said that the EA has to see itself as a facilitator as well as a regulator.Smith was speaking at the Royal Society for the Arts lecture called Out of the Red, Into the Green - after the credit crunch: a more sustainable future? (11 February). He was addressing topics about the economy and the environmental challenges.He said: We [EA] have to become ...

  • WRAP's compost bin subsidies to stopSubscription

    News16 February, 2009

    Subsidies from the Waste and Resources Action Programme enabling councils to offer cheap home composting bins will stop at the end of September. Industry commentators predicted the end of the subsidised products in January last year when WRAP doubled the cost of the bins. The end also seemed imminent when 30 per cent budget cuts were imposed on WRAP by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs in February 2008.But WRAP director of ...

  • Commercial compost bin scheme to inherit WRAPs legacy Subscription

    News16 February, 2009

    Following news that Waste & Resources Action Programme compost bin subsidies will stop in September, bin manufacturer Straight has launched an identical commercial scheme. The company is offering councils a home delivery programme, which it said the WRAP campaign was initially modelled on. Straight, and its subsidiary Blackwall, supplied more than half the bins used in ...

  • Government agrees gasification worthy of renewables obligation certificate Subscription

    News16 February, 2009

    Gasification has qualified for Government subsidies under the Renewables Obligation system offering support to businesses developing the technology. This sector advance follows a Government decision to amend its proposed changes to legislation, which would have altered the definition of gasification. These changes could have stopped projects based on their feed stock, rather than the technology itself.Energy from waste company Energos, part of ...

  • Umbrella body needed for battery publicity campaignSubscription

    News16 February, 2009

    The battery recycling proposals need a coordinating body to oversee a publicity campaign, according to electrical and electronic producer compliance scheme European Recycling Platform.Speaking to MRW, general manager Scott Butler said: The battery recycling targets require all partners to work together quite closely. This requires producers, retailers and reprocessors to work together. But the requirements in the latest consultation do not seem to ...

  • Asda joins forces with INCPEN to help tackle packaging wasteSubscription

    News16 February, 2009

    Retail giant Asda has partnered with the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment, the packaging research organisation, to help Asda cut its packaging waste.The supermarket has already reduced its packaging on its own label products by 25% in the last 12 months, and will now work with packaging manufacturers, material suppliers and retailers under Incpens guidance, in a bid to minimise the environmental impact of its product supply chain.

  • Scotland's recycling rate goes upSubscription

    News16 February, 2009

    Scotlands annual recycling and composting rate rose to 32.9 per cent for the year to September 2008 an increase of 0.7 per cent from the previous year, according to figures from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.The rate for the second quarter of 2008/09 (July to September) increased to 36.3 per cent, though Sepa states for comparisons the rolling year figure is a better measure as it eliminates seasonal variations. These figures compare ...

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership helps Welsh recycler create jobsSubscription

    News16 February, 2009

    A Welsh waste and recycling company has grown rapidly as a result of the Welsh Assembly Government funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Lampeter-based LAS recycling increased its capacity and profits, and created 33 jobs through partnership work with Cardiff University. Under the WAGs KTP, businesses are encouraged to take on graduates from academic institutions to work on a project that is vital to strategic growth. The KTP programme part funds the graduates ...

  • €5.25m investment for Irish pay-as-you-throw companySubscription

    News16 February, 2009

    An investment of €5.25million has been secured by an Irish waste technology company that provides turnkey pay-as-you-throw systems. AMCS, a Limerick-based waste and recycling technology firm, will use the funding to expand its operations in Ireland and internationally.Chief executive officer Jimmy Martin said: We currently employ 50 highly skilled engineers and technologists in Limerick and the investment will see an increase in our overall workforce to ...

  • LGA survey: supermarkets not doing enough to make packaging easier to recycleSubscription

    News17 February, 2009

    Supermarkets Waitrose and Lidl have the least recyclable packaging in the UK, according to a new study by the Local Government Association.In its third survey, War on waste, the LGA said that while the total weight of supermarket food packaging had reduced in the past two years, almost 40 per cent still cannot be easily recycled.Waitrose had the third-lowest percentage of recyclable packaging ...

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