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Issue : 23 January 2009

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  • WRG proposes energy-from-waste plans for BrogboroughSubscription

    News23 January, 2009

    Waste Recycling Group has submitted proposals to Bedfordshire County Council to build a £120 million energy-from-waste plant to be built at the former Brogborough landfill site.The EfW plant will handle household waste arisings from Bedfordshire and Luton.WRG business development director Andy Ryan said: Our estimates show a need for up to 180,000 tonnes of annual household waste treatment capacity within the Bedfordshire and Luton area, after ...

  • WRAP targets recyclers of flat panel displaysSubscription

    News23 January, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme has issued an invitation for tender for companies who can demonstrate that they have successful systems for the recycling of flat panel displays.In recent years FPDs have seen a growth in popularity in replacing traditional cathode ray tube televisions. But WRAP has observed that within five years the arisings of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment from FPDs will reach a critical level.WRAP project manager ...

  • Pontefract Recycling Services forced to send recyclate to landfillSubscription

    News23 January, 2009

    A West-Yorkshire-based waste management firm has sent materials to landfill due to the economic downturn and made redundancies.Pontefract Recycling Services director Philip Smith told MRW: We have had to reduce our workforce by a third before Christmas and make redundancies. But hopefully we will not have to make any more from now. We have saved costs by taking back office work in-house ...

  • EU-wide proposals could boost energy-from-waste's public image - UPDATESubscription

    News23 January, 2009

    Energy-from-waste plants could get a much needed public relations boost from EU-wide plans to tighten pollution emissions limits.European Commission proposed emissions reductions were backed by MEPs on the European Parliaments Environment Committee.New minimum limits could be set by the Commission to reduce the use of permit exemptions.The committee has added provisions to the Commissions proposals. These include: taking the changes EU-wide; ...

  • Scotland invests £5m in plastics recycling infrastructureSubscription

    News23 January, 2009

    A capital grant scheme of £5 million to develop plastic recycling infrastructure in Scotland has been announced.Scottish Government Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said the money would come from the Zero Waste Fund over two years, for 2009/10.Most of the waste plastics collected in Scotland are processed in England or Wales, or overseas, in China for example. The grants programme aims to change this.Lochhead said: I want to ...

  • Energos to build new energy-from-waste plant in DerbyshireSubscription

    News23 January, 2009

    Energy technology business Energos has been selected as technology provider to water company United Utilities and Interserve for a joint venture to build an energy-from-waste facility in Derbyshire.The advanced thermal conversion waste plant is part of a proposed integrated waste treatment facility for Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council which have appointed the joint venture to build the facility and operate it for 27 years.Energos ...

  • Sainsbury's expands anaerobic digestion plans to ScotlandSubscription

    News22 January, 2009

    Retailer Sainsburys will use anaerobic digestion technology to divert food waste from all of its stores in Scotland from February.Sainsburys has teamed up with food waste recycler PDM Group to turn 42 tonnes of waste per week into biofuel and renewable energy. PDM will use its new anaerobic digestion plants and biomass combustion plants.Speaking to MRW last week, Sainsburys non executive chair with responsibility for the environment ...

  • Learn lessons from Obama's green stance, says Environment Agency chairSubscription

    News22 January, 2009

    President Barack Obama has been praised for keeping environmental policies central to his agenda, despite facing economic challenges.Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith said lessons could be learned from the US President, while speaking at an Associate Parliamentary Sustainability and Resource Group event last night.What struck me about Barak Obama is that he constantly comes ...

  • Rio Tinto Alcan reduces productionSubscription

    News22 January, 2009

    The trend of reduced aluminium production has continued as Rio Tinto Alcan has announced it is dropping production levels and cutting costs in response to global economic conditions.This news follows Alcoas similar announcement earlier this month that it was shedding jobs and reducing production.In a statement Rio Tinto Alcan said it was reducing production by a further six per cent, bringing the total reduction to approximately 11 per cent. ...

  • Confederation of Paper Industries rejects PAS 2020 advice Subscription

    News22 January, 2009

    A paper industry body has hit out at advice aimed at direct marketing companies which suggests brown paper envelopes are less recyclable.The Confederation of Paper Industries said the recently published standard, PAS 2020 Direct Marketing Environmental Performance Specification, did not reflect the reality of paper recycling.Following research on kerbside collection by the standards authors BSI, the specification states the conclusion that because ...

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