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Issue : 20 February 2009

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Railways trial recycled plastic sleepers Subscription

    News17 February, 2009

    A trial to use recycled plastic sleepers on UK rail networks could lead the way for a national roll out as Network Rail prepares to replace timber sleepers. The trial, due to start this summer, will use recycled plastic versions made from remoulded granulated plastics on rural lines for 18 to 24 months.Network Rail director of engineering Jerry England said: This is an important scheme for Network Rail, helping recycling while putting waste to good use. ...

  • London's recycling collection schemes are "confusing", says Green PartySubscription

    News17 February, 2009

    Londons kerbside collection schemes are confusing and make it difficult for Londoners who change address to adapt to them, claims Green Party member for the London Assembly Darren Johnson.Johnson said: Londons recycling collections are a confusing mess with different rules in virtually every local authority about what can and cant be recycled and a hotch-potch of different coloured bins, bags and boxes. While I accept that a one-size-fits all approach wouldnt ...

  • Kennedy has vision to make UK world leader in anaerobic digestionSubscription

    News17 February, 2009

    Anaerobic digestion will be an established technology in England by 2020 providing energy for two million homes from food waste, said Environment Minister Jane Kennedy.Speaking at the National Farmers Union conference in Birmingham (17 February) Kennedy launched her vision for anaerobic digestion to make a significant contribution to climate change targets. The Government has also launched a document called Anaerobic ...

  • Blears decision on Nottingham energy-from-waste challengedSubscription

    News17 February, 2009

    Campaigners against expansion plans at a Nottingham energy-from-waste plant say they will contest the Secretary of States decision to grant permission. The conflict between campaigners and waste management company WRG centres on plans to expand its Eastcroft energy-from-waste facility. The addition of a third processing line would increase capacity by a 100,000 tonnes a year to 260,000 tonnes a year.WRG submitted its application to Nottingham ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...