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Issue : 20 February 2009

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  • REY brings local authorities together to tackle climate changeSubscription

    News20 February, 2009

    Not-for-profit business Resource Efficiency Yorkshire has started a project that will support local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber that are working to meet their landfill and waste targets.The project is called Delivering Excellence in Waste and REY is working with Local Government Yorkshire & Humber to share their experience and knowledge of recycling and waste management to councils, to help them improve the services they offer to households and businesses.

  • Green light for UK's first nappy recycling facilitySubscription

    News20 February, 2009

    Birmingham City Council has granted planning permission to build the UKs first nappy recycling plant in the city. The £20 million facility will be built by recycling company Knowaste and built in Tyseley, Birmingham. Once up and running the facility can recycle 36,000 tonnes of the citys nappies and absorbent ...

  • 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 ...

  • NISP "saddened" by tyre recycler market "casualty"Subscription

    News20 February, 2009

    The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme has said it is saddened by news that one of its members, TyreGenics has become a casualty of the tough market conditions. TyreGenics went into administration in January after directors faced a perfect storm of difficult market conditions and technical issues.

  • 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 ...

  • CIWM calls on local authorities to support "responsible reuse" of WEEESubscription

    News19 February, 2009

    The Chartered Institute of Wastes Management has called on local authorities and businesses that are involved in collecting electronic equipment to maintain a regular check on where the waste is going.Responding to the Sky News report which focused on unworkable waste electrical and electronic equipment going to Nigeria, CIWM chair Steve ...

  • Quality composts business potential tested on roofs Subscription

    News19 February, 2009

    Quality recycled compost will be used for green roofs and rain gardens, among other innovative projects, in trials to explore the materials technical and commercial potential. The trials, organised by the Waste & Resources Action Programme, will also continue research into regenerating brownfield sites to grow biofuel crops, which it began in 2007.Projects will start this year across the UK, with findings to be reported in 2010 and 2011. One high profile ...

  • Aluminium can recycler Novelis drops pricesSubscription

    News19 February, 2009

    Price reductions in the wider aluminium market have led aluminium can recycler Novelis to reduce its used beverage can prices by £50 per tonne as of Monday (23 February). Novelis suppliers were notified today that new prices would be £350 p/t for loose and whole and loose and flatten cans and £400 p/t for baled cans.Company national manager Andy Doran told MRW: We monitor London Metal Exchange prices and the aluminium sector is in a similar position to other ...

  • Call on local authorities to "rethink" waste hierarchySubscription

    News19 February, 2009

    Local authorities and businesses need to go further than reusing, reducing and recycling their products and rethink if they need to buy products in the first place, according to London Remade  green procurement manager Graham Randles.Speaking to MRW Randles said rethinking needs to be added to the top of the waste hierarchy. He said: Most of what we waste is what we buy in the first place. We need 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 ...

  • Credit insurance related risks bypass smaller companiesSubscription

    News19 February, 2009

    Increased risks related to reductions in credit insurance may not hit smaller businesses as many cannot afford such insurance in the first place. Smaller companies that are part of the supply chain, for example medium and small sized scrap yards and manufacturers, may not have credit insurance because it can be up to 4 to 5 per cent of turnover.The disclosure came from South Wales Chamber of Commerce vice president David Brassey commenting on news that

  • Red Rhino Crushers saved from administratorsSubscription

    News19 February, 2009

    The buyers of a crusher company that went into administration last year see its products as vital to the construction industry, especially in the downturn. Winfield Engineering bought Red Rhino Crushers at the beginning of February from a previous investor.The crusher company went into administration last October and main investor Bryan Eccles bought the assets and started a new company. The company, Recycling Product Limited, traded as Red Rhino Crushers. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 75 permanent jobs created by Ealing recycling contractorSubscription

    News18 February, 2009

    At a time when job losses seem to be making the headlines, the firm responsible for recycling, refuse collection and street cleansing for Ealing Council has created 75 permanent jobs.May Gurneyacquired previous contractor, ECT recycling last year, and started delivering the recycling, refuse and street cleansing for Ealing Council in November 2008. This February, the company will turn 75 temporary roles into permanent ...

  • Conservatives will ditch Regional Technical Waste Advisory BoardsSubscription

    News18 February, 2009

    The Conservative Party will scrap Regional Technical Waste Advisory Boards if they come to power.Under plans in its Green Paper Control shift returning power to local communities, the Conservatives plan to devolve power back down to local councils. In the document the Conservative Party hope to devolve power ...

  • Buckinghamshire County Council stops tendering processSubscription

    News18 February, 2009

    Buckinghamshire County Council has made the decision to stop the current tendering process to build an in-vessel composting facility in the north of the county due to the current economic conditions.During late 2006 the county council began the process of tendering the contract to design, build and finance an in-vessel composting facility in north of the county. This facility would have processed material from Aylesbury Vale District Councils cardboard, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Defra reviews waste lawSubscription

    News18 February, 2009

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are currently reviewing a law which requires councils to provide waste disposal to institutions such as schools and hospitals free of charge which could potentially save local authorities substantial sums of money.A Defra spokeswoman said: We are currently reviewing Schedule 2 of the Controlled Waste Regulations and we are commissioning a study to investigate the quantities of waste that are likely to ...

  • EU Environmental Liability Directive soon to become lawSubscription

    News18 February, 2009

    The European Unions Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) will come into force in England from 1 March and will have an impact on waste management activities, according to international law firm Freshfields.The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations require operators not only to take preventative action to avoid environmental damage occurring in the first place, but also ...

  • 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, ...

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