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Issue : 20 February 2009

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  • 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 ...

  • WRAP requests feedback on construction waste recycling frameworkSubscription

    News17 February, 2009

    Research to gauge the potential of a new construction waste recycling framework has been launched by the Waste & Resources Action Programme. The framework would offer construction companies and their waste managers information about waste processing and recovery routes. Material recycling programme manager Mike Falconer Hall said: WRAP is committed to helping the construction sector halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 2012 and the development ...

  • Waste Board sets up dating agency to help boost London's recycling Subscription

    News18 February, 2009

    A waste dating agency is being set up by the London Waste and Recycling Board to deal with the 21 million tonnes of rubbish produced in London each year.The new brokerage service will link up waste producers with site owners, London boroughs and energy users and aims to provide new sites for reuse, recycling and energy-from-waste facilities.Staffed and funded by the Board and using its oversight of the waste industry in London, it will provide expertise, ...

  • 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 ...

  • UK shoppers want ban on free plastic bagsSubscription

    News19 February, 2009

    A new survey suggests that people in the UK believe supermarkets should stop giving away free plastic bags.The survey conducted by reusable bag firm ReusaBags found that 83% out of 2000 people supported a ban on plastic bags.ReusaBags director Chris Amos said: Support for the ban on giving away plastic bags is now greater than ever. Many Governments around the world including China and France are introducing policy to cut giving away free plastic ...

  • UK acquisition for European waste and recycling equipment providerSubscription

    News20 February, 2009

    A UK-based waste separator and shredder specialist has been bought by European waste equipment supplier Vecoplan as part of expansion plans. Leeds-based Almac had previously provided maintenance services for Vecoplan equipment customers in the UK. Machinery includes shredders, conveyers, screeners and chipping equipment which process plastics, paper, metals and wood.Vecoplan said the purchase was a bid to unite its wood and biomass work following ...

  • Tyre recycler in administration draws buyers' interest Subscription

    News20 February, 2009

    Buyers for the cryogenic tyre recycler TyreGenics, which went into administration in January, could be found within months, a company spokesman has said. The recycler was forced into administration, appointing administrator Begbies Traynor, on 15 January after facing a perfect storm of technical difficulties and an unprecedented market downturn.When MRW spoke to commercial director Grant Lloyd in September 2008, he was positive about the future ...

  • Stored tyres lead to £10,000 fineSubscription

    News18 February, 2009

    More than 100,000 waste tyres were baled up and stored on a site where they still remain posing a fire risk Lincolnshire-based Boston Magistrates Court was told.Recycling firm Borough Recycling Specialists admitted four charges relating to the operation at Kirton Holme, Boston and was fined £10,000 on the first offence with no separate penalty on the other three and full costs of £3,200 to be paid to the Environment Agency.The firm had registered ...

  • Sky News investigation finds unworkable e-waste being sent to West AfricaSubscription

    News18 February, 2009

    A Sky News investigation has found that unworkable electronic waste collected by Hampshire County Council is being sent to Nigeria, West Africa. The Sky News team partnered up with environmental campaign group Greenpeace to investigate the claim. It planted a satellite tracker in an old television that was unworkable before taking it to the councils recycling centre.Filming undercover, the Sky News team dropped off its television at a recycling ...

  • Sims buys West Midlands-based All Metal RecoverySubscription

    News18 February, 2009

    Sims Metal Management has bought UK based metals recycler All Metal Recovery Limited. The acquisition of AMR, which was founded in 1986, includes two metal recycling yards in Smethwick and a four acre dedicated rail link facility for transporting ferrous and non-ferrous metal to UK steelworks and ports.As with previous acquisition in the West Midlands (such as Evans and Mondonand ...

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