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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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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