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Issue : 20 November 2009

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  • Cornwall council reconsiders EfW to avoid £30M payoutSubscription

    News20 November, 2009

    Cornwall Council is considering plans for a smaller energy-from-waste plant to prevent paying £30 million to waste firm Sita.Sita was awarded a 30-year £427m contract in July 2006 to manage the countys waste. Its plans included the construction of a 240,000 tonne EfW plant in St Dennis. Cornwall Council has two roles as the Waste Disposal Authority and the Planning Authority.In March 2009, Cornwall County Councils ...

  • Ireland to increase landfill tax in 2010Subscription

    News20 November, 2009

    The Irish Government has announced that it will introduce an incineration levy and increased landfill tax next year.It is part of a range of waste management policies recommended in a report called International Report of Waste Management policy published by Minister for the Environment John Gormley.Landfill tax will increase to €30 per tonne by 2010, to €50 in 2011 and to €75 in 2012. Gormley said: Earlier this year the Government ...

  • Car scrappage scheme affects platinum demandSubscription

    News20 November, 2009

    Car scrappage schemes across Europe have led to a fall in platinum demand as car-owners opt for smaller petrol cars rather than diesel engines, affecting catalytic converter trends.Smaller, cheaper cars tend to use palladium in their catalytic converters while diesel engines use platinum. Therefore incentive schemes have helped to push European platinum demand for the automotive sector down by 45.7 per cent or 900,000 oz to 1.07 million oz. Additionally, ...

  • Biffa gets go-ahead for Staffordshire AD plantSubscription

    News20 November, 2009

    Biffa has been granted planning permission to build an anaerobic digestion plant at its waste management facility in Poplars, Cannock.Staffordshire County Council approved the application to construct the plant, which will treat 80,000 tonnes of food waste from households and businesses each year. Additionally, the facility will be capable of generating 4 MW of electricity, the equivalent ...

  • South West Devon waste PFI bidder list halvedSubscription

    News20 November, 2009

    The shortlist of bidders for the £800M South West Devon Partnership PFI made up of Plymouth, Devon and Torbay local authorities - has been halved to the final three. MVV Umwelt, Sita UK and Viridor remain to compete for the contract, as Shanks Waste Solutions, Urbaser and Veolia lose their places.The firms have already submitted plans and sites to deal with an annual 200,000 tonnes of residual waste, but the next stage will require further details ...

  • Planning regulations for small AD and biomass structures made easierSubscription

    News20 November, 2009

    Planning regulations to build structures housing biomass boilers, anaerobic digestion plants on farms could be made easier, after a new consultation document designed to cut red-tape for small scale projects was published on 17 November. Housing and planning minister John Healey launched a consultation of the planning system to simplify the installation of small scale renewable and low carbon energy technologies for homeowners, developers and businesses.

  • Waste sector's 'first' buying group launchesSubscription

    News20 November, 2009

    Supply and Save, the waste industrys first buying group has been launched, promising to save its members money.A buying group is a firm, which combines the purchasing power of individual companies in order to deliver significant cost savings on commonly bought items such as fuel, insurance, containers, vehicle maintenance and training. The group has estimated that through its system ...

  • Legal expert warns next Government to continue with PFI modelSubscription

    News19 November, 2009

    A senior private finance initiative project legal expert has claimed that the PFI model is essential for infrastructure funding and has warned whoever forms the next Government not to scrap it. Law firm Dickinson Dees Public Services head Tim Care also urges the next Government to free the ...

  • Greater Manchester opens its first major facilitySubscription

    News19 November, 2009

    Viridor Laing and the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority have officially opened the first major recycling facility as part of its £3.8 billion private finance initiative waste contract.

  • Waste leaves to heat homesSubscription

    News19 November, 2009

    A new product uses fallen leaves to create a biomass fuel as a sustainable alternative to coal and wood.The Leaf Log created by BioFuels International co-director Peter Morrison compresses naturally fallen waste leaves into a cylinder, which can then be burned for up to three hours. The leaves, which would otherwise go to landfill, are collected and processed at the factory in Nechells. Morrison said: ...

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