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Issue : 23 October 2009

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  • Government will not add to scrappage scheme once additional £100M runs outSubscription

    News23 October, 2009

    An extra £100 million extension to the Governments car scrappage scheme came into effect on 22 October, as Lord Mandelson confirmed there will not be any money added after this has gone. Business secretary Lord Mandelson said: Consumers and businesses looking for a new vehicle should make the most of the scrappage scheme now. With the new terms, the Governments scheme makes it accessible to even more consumers but it has to end when the funding runs out.

  • Envac to launch underground mobile waste system in UKSubscription

    News23 October, 2009

    An underground waste collection company is launching its mobile vacuum waste system in the UK.Envac, which uses vacuums to transport waste through underground pipes, has already installed mobile systems in Sweden, Norway and Spain. The mobile technology uses conventional waste trucks to house the vacuum equipment on. The vehicles suck up the waste that has been dumped in the ...

  • Wakefield will reach financial close early 2010Subscription

    News23 October, 2009

    Wakefields £700 million waste management PFI project will reach financial close in early 2010.Since 2007, VT Group has been the preferred bidder to build treatment facilities to deal with up to 200,000 tonnes of residual waste but delays have beset the project because of the credit market. Wakefield Council chief executive Joanne Roney said: Wakefield Council and the VT ...

  • Derby waste treatment facility deferredSubscription

    News23 October, 2009

    A planning application to build a waste treatment facility in Derby has been deferred indefinitely by the local authority, despite planning officers recommendation to approve the plant. Derby County Council Planning Committee has asked the waste management firm behind the planned facility, Resource Recovery Solutions to submit further information about the impact the plant will have ...

  • Return of the milkman to cut waste?Subscription

    News23 October, 2009

    The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee has called for the packaging industry to introduce more refillable packaging systems to reduce waste. Addressing a packaging industry audience at the IGD [food and grocery analysts] Packaging and product resource efficiency conference ...

  • Councils look to standardise recyclable material collectionsSubscription

    News23 October, 2009

    Local authority officers want to work on standardising the materials they collect for householders. Speaking at an IGD Packaging and product resource efficiency conference in London, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee communications manager Sarah Dagwell said that there was ...

  • Hopes to end Leeds bin strike failSubscription

    News23 October, 2009

    Leeds City Council has expressed disappointment and dismay after striking bin workers rejected a deal to get them back to work. Striking refuse collectors have been embroiled in a row over pay and have been on strike since 7 September

  • Planning permission approval for Doncaster gasification plantSubscription

    News22 October, 2009

    BioGen Power, with help from environmental consultants SLR Consulting, has secured planning permission for a new gasification plant in Doncaster.The facility will have a 120,000 tonne capacity which will generate 9.4 MW of electricity annually enough to power 20,000 homes.SLR Consulting assisted BioGen in preparing the environmental impact assessment. ...

  • Mayor of London announces £100M funding for London energy and wasteSubscription

    News22 October, 2009

    Boris Johnson and the European commissioner for regional policy Pawel Samecki have announced £100 million funding to finance decentralised energy, recycling and waste energy projects in order to regenerate some of the poorest parts of London. It is hoped the Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas fund (JESSICA) will also create more than 1,000 jobs and promote sustainable and carbon economic growth.A decentralised energy structure will mean ...

  • Donarbon opens new IVC plantSubscription

    News21 October, 2009

    Waste management firm Donarbon officially opened its new £4.5 million in-vessel composting plant, which forms part of its 28-year PFI contract with Cambridgeshire County Council to manage the countys household waste.Located at its Waterbeach site, the new IVC plant designed and turn-key installed by technology provider Wasteology Systems, will take the countys mixed kitchen and garden waste that is collected at kerbside. It replaces a system that had been in place at Donarbons ...

  • First residents in Cheshire get rewards for recyclingSubscription

    News21 October, 2009

    Halton Borough Council has launched its first rewards for recycling programme as it joins forces with RecycleBank to introduce the scheme to over 10,000 households. Residents in the Cheshire-based borough will be able to pocket up to an average of £130 a year by putting recyclable materials ...

  • Viridor and WRG denied planning permission for Oxfordshire EfWsSubscription

    News21 October, 2009

    Oxfordshire County Council has denied both Viridor and the Waste Recycling Group planning permission to each build an energy from waste facility in Ardley and Sutton Courtenay respectively.The local authoritys Planning and Regulation Committee rejected Viridors planning application by nine votes to five and WRG was refused by seven votes to five.An Oxfordshire County ...

  • Composting industry's growth is set to continueSubscription

    News21 October, 2009

    Results from the annual Association for Organics Recycling survey has shown a nine per cent increase in recycled organics. The 2007/08 report, put together by AFOR and the Waste & Resources Action Programme, showed 4.5 million tonnes of source segregated waste was composted in the UK with half of this sold on and industry reporting turnover of more ...

  • Greenstar acquires Veolia's Irish facilitiesSubscription

    News21 October, 2009

    Greenstar is to acquire Veolia Environmental Services Irish and Northern Irish commercial and recycling operations making it the largest recycling and waste management firm in Ireland. Veolia decided to sell this part of the firm under its asset disposal programme announced in March this year. The deal does not include Veolias hazardous waste management business in ...

  • WRAP to lead single super delivery body next AprilSubscription

    News21 October, 2009

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has given the Waste & Resources Action Programme the green light to become a single super delivery body for Government-funded recycling and waste programmes for businesses and householders next April.Over the next year, WRAP will begin leading programmes currently run by the likes of the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme and Envirowise.Speaking to MRW WRAP ...

  • TEG and Anagest to build AD/IVC facilitySubscription

    News20 October, 2009

    Organic waste specialist TEG has signed a deal with Anagest to jointly build and co-locate an anaerobic digestion and in-vessel composting facility site.It will handle 70,000 tonnes of organic waste each year and will be located at Anagests site at Stormydown near Bridgend, south Wales. AD will be used to treat 50,000 tonnes of food waste along with energy crops grown on adjacent land to the plant. It is planned for the site to open early next year.TEG commercial ...

  • May Gurney wins North Somerset waste contractSubscription

    News20 October, 2009

    Waste management company May Gurney has been named preferred bidder for North Somersets £85 million environmental services contract.The service will be used by 204,000 residents providing recycling, waste collection and management of household waste recycling centres.The seven-year contract begins in March 2010 with the possibility of a seven-year extension.May Gurney Environmental Services managing director Nicola Peake said: The council appointed us ...

  • Government makes proposals for civil sanctions for environmental offencesSubscription

    News20 October, 2009

    Under new proposals being drawn up by the Government, waste companies that commit waste offences could risk being fined up to 10 per cent of their turnover, warn lawyers. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been consulting on proposals to introduce new civil penalties ...

  • £200M biomass plant approvedSubscription

    News20 October, 2009

    Plans to build a £200million biomass power plant at Tees Valley have been approved. Gaia Powers plant will be powered on recycled wood chippings, generating 50MW, which is enough to supply over 80,000 homes. Around 275,000 tonnes of pallets, MDF and chipboard will be diverted from landfill to fuel the facility each year. Gaia power founder and chairman Michael Fox said: We ...

  • Waste management sector told to get serious about Corporate Manslaughter ActSubscription

    News20 October, 2009

    Lawyers have warned that managers in the waste management sector could face jail if they do not know how to protect themselves against prosecutions under the new Corporate Manslaughter Act. Law firm Weightmans regulatory department partner Chris Green said that waste management companies could ...

  • Baby's body found at Greenstar recycling siteSubscription

    News20 October, 2009

    Police are looking for a couple in connection with the discovery of the body of a baby boy at Greenstar UKs recycling plant in Addlethorpe.The body was found on 15 October on the conveyor belt while an employee checked for glass in the material brought in for recycling. Lincolnshire Police are investigating the circumstances behind the discovery and the recycling plant is currently closed. Following police appeals, an elderly lady ...

  • Retail waste electrical take-back schemes hit poor communitiesSubscription

    News20 October, 2009

    Poorer communities throughout the UK are suffering because retail waste electrical and electronic take-back schemes are taking a proportion of WEEE away from social enterprises that could repair and redistribute them. Welsh-based social enterprise Enfys ...

  • Sainsbury's and Recolight to run energy-saving light bulb and battery recycling schemeSubscription

    News19 October, 2009

    Sainsburys and light bulb recycling company Recolight will run a scheme to collect end-of-life energy saving light bulbs and batteries from Sainsburys stores. The retailer claims that this makes Sainsburys the first supermarket to offer ...

  • Consumers can tackle climate change, say Sustainable Consumption InstituteSubscription

    News19 October, 2009

    Consumers can have a major impact on the worlds efforts to reduce global warming, according to new research.The report is called Consumers, business and climate change and was published by Manchester Universitys Sustainable Consumption Institute.It estimates that consumers are responsible for 75 per cent of emissions and their action could leverage major reductions in emissions within a ...

  • BREW provides new round of funding for councils to tackle C&I wasteSubscription

    News19 October, 2009

    The Business Resource Efficiency and Waste Centre  for local authorities has asked councils to apply for funding for projects that will support small to medium-sized businesses tackle climate change and save them money through resource efficiency. ...

  • Unions and Leeds City Council continue bin strike talks Subscription

    News19 October, 2009

    Leeds City Council is optimistic that a bin strike, which has been affecting street cleaning and refuse collection services, could be over soon. Striking refuse collectors have been embroiled in a row over pay and have been on strike since 7 September (

  • First Class recycling honours for Newcastle UniversitySubscription

    News19 October, 2009

    Newcastle University has doubled its recycling rate to 56 per cent over the past year with the help of waste management firm Sita UK. Last year, the university introduced around 250 recycling bins for plastic bottles, mixed plastics, ...

  • Anglesey up with Wales' bestSubscription

    News19 October, 2009

    Waste management firm Verdant has helped the Isle of Anglesey to achieve the second best recycling rate in Wales. Speaking about Anglesey residents, Verdant managing director Roger Edwards said: Without their sustained support and interest in recycling, these results just wouldnt have been ...

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