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Issue : 22 May 2009

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  • Biofuel BreakthroughSubscription

    News22 May, 2009

    Doncaster based biofuel manufacturer, Amplefuel is set to produce 40 million litres of biofuel each year, focusing on making it from used cooking oil and solid fats.The plant, which utilises a variety of feedstocks from waste products, is one of a handful of firms that is able to break the solid fats down to a liquid biodiesel that does not solidify to later cause blockages.Amplefuel utilise the solid ...

  • Shanks reports no change to profitsSubscription

    News22 May, 2009

    Waste management firm Shanks UK has reported no change to its profit of £7.8 million for the year ending 31 March 2009 compared to the previous financial year.The group recently sold its 50 per cent share of Avondale Environmental to Landmedia. It has spoken of the importance of focusing its efforts on its more significant projects and PFI deals in particular, such as the £725m 25-year PFI deal in Cumbria due to close ...

  • Concerns raised over postal returns of waste batteriesSubscription

    News22 May, 2009

    Postal returns of waste portable batteries could be dangerous, according to the Department for Transport.The DfT explained to MRW that most types of consumer batteries present no danger in transport but lithium and lithium ion batteries do. The Royal Mail flies a certain percentage of its mail internally across the mainland and the DfT says this could cause problems with postal take-back collections for batteries. ...

  • WRAP works with Sainsbury's on mixed recycled glass projectSubscription

    News22 May, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme is working with supermarket Sainsburys in a trial to collect mixed glass and turn it into a range of containers without colour sorting it.The trial is part of WRAPs GlassRite Wine initiative which aims to encourage the use of lighter weight glass ...

  • London businesses help Kent agricultureSubscription

    News22 May, 2009

    Food waste collection firm Juniper Food Waste has launched a new collection and composting system for Greater London businesses.The firm, which is part of office plant and grounds maintenance provider Enterprise Plants, will collect the food waste from businesses to be turned into compost.Juniper is using in-vessel composting systems, ...

  • Flat recycling to go underground with new Finnish waste systemSubscription

    News22 May, 2009

    A Finnish underground waste system by vacuum technology firm MariMatic is set to rival the Swedish Envac system and help encourage residents to recycle from flats. MariMatic may look to the UK to ...

  • PVC recycling boosted by new Quality ProtocolSubscription

    News22 May, 2009

    The new Quality Protocol for non-packaging plastics has boosted PVC recycling significantly, according to solutions processor for recycling waste materials, Axion Consulting.It believes the new quality assurance has made it easier and less expensive for UK manufacturers to confidently use recycled waste plastic rather than exporting it or sending it to landfill.The Protocol was introduced ...

  • Textile bank thieves become more "inventive"Subscription

    News21 May, 2009

    More charities have reported an increase in textile bank theft and they claim that thieves are becoming more inventive in the methods they use to steal clothes from them.An Oxfam spokesman told MRW: Thefts are increasing from textile banks and we are finding that the perpetrators of these thefts are becoming more inventive in the way they steal from our banks.

  • McDonald's goes greenSubscription

    News21 May, 2009

    Fast food giant McDonalds has launched a report about what it is doing to cut waste and increase recycling in its stores across the world.The full report, Global Best of Green 2009, details around 80 environmental initiatives that the company has introduced across the world alongside a new marketing campaign.McDonalds chief executive ...

  • Rock and recycle at eco-friendly festivalSubscription

    News21 May, 2009

    The music festival with a conscience, Shambala is upping its game this year by encouraging a team effort between the organisers and festival-goers to reduce their waste.This year, organisers of Shambala with help from waste management firm Network Recycling UK have put new measures in place to improve its recycling rates.

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