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Issue : 24 April 2009

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  • Treasury proposes changes to landfill tax systemSubscription

    News24 April, 2009

    The Treasury has launched a consultation on modernising the landfill tax system which includes plans to change the definitions of taxable disposal of waste at a landfill site and inert wastes.The document titled Modernising landfill tax legislation  cites last years Waste Recycling Group vs. HM Revenue ...

  • LARAC hits back at Home Secretary's litter commentsSubscription

    News24 April, 2009

    Councils need the means to ensure that people who litter and persistently fly-tip can be caught and dealt with, according to the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee.Last week, the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith proposed plans to curtail local authority surveillance powers on relatively minor offences, such as littering and leaving waste out for collection early (

  • Quinn's 'unlawful' glass plant awaiting closure orderSubscription

    News24 April, 2009

    The unlawful Quinn Glass plant in Elton is awaiting an enforcement order requiring it to cease production and remove the factory.Issued by Cheshire West and Chester Council on 22nd April, the order comes after a long-running legal battle between Quinn Glass- which does not have planning permission for the plant - and Ardagh Glass. Ardagh glass has taken action against the plant because, it said, it constituted unfair competition. Currently, there ...

  • Defra welcomes Budget funding for anaerobic digestionSubscription

    News24 April, 2009

    The Secretary of State for Environment Hilary Benn has welcomed the measures in the 2009 Budget  which encourage investment in low carbon jobs and anaerobic digestion.Chancellor Alistair Darling announced additional funding of £10 million of anaerobic digestion and waste infrastructure in the 2009 ...

  • AbitibiBowater files for bankruptcy - UK operations continue as normalSubscription

    News24 April, 2009

    UK operations for waste management firm AbitibiBowater Recycling Europe will continue as normal despite its parent firm in Canada and the US filing for creditor protection.AbitiBowater has filed for creditor protection under Chapter 11 of the American bankruptcy code. Trade has taken a hit as demand for paper products around the world has dropped.A statement put out by the firm explained that it plans to use relief under Chapter 11 to deal decisively ...

  • Scrap dealers concerned the scrappage scheme will fail themSubscription

    News24 April, 2009

    Concerned scrap dealers believe the car scrappage scheme confirmed in the Budget on 22 April may have overlooked their dwindling industry.The Government, which announced the scheme in the pre-Budget report, has put aside £300m in order to entice car owners with a £2000 incentive towards a new car if a person has a car older than 10-years old. This grant will be equally split between the Government and car manufacturers to encourage owners to trade in their ...

  • High recycling rejection rates due to lack of clear messages from councilsSubscription

    News23 April, 2009

    Councils must make it clear to households what they can and cannot recycle to avoid high recycling rejection rates, according to a new Which? magazine report.The truth about recycling criticises the amount of recycling which is rejected by councils because it cannot be recycled or is contaminated. Figures obtained by Which? show that 229, 389 tonnes of recycling and composting material ...

  • New ATT plant proposed in North YorkshireSubscription

    News23 April, 2009

    BCB Environmental Management hopes to use state-of-the-art advanced thermal treatment at a proposed £23m power plant in Tockwith, Yorkshire.Hazardous and specialist waste management firm, BCB submitted their revised application to build the plant at Marston Business Park, which will recover 60,000 tonnes of hazardous and household waste each year, equating to enough energy to power 10,000 homes.

  • New software measures carbon footprintSubscription

    News23 April, 2009

    New computer software enabling companies to measure their carbon footprint has been launched by Veolia Environmental Services.The Greenhouse Gas Tracker allows businesses to calculate not only how much energy they are using and the level of emissions but also how much energy they have recovered. Waste management provider Veolia Environmental Services UK director of research and technology ...

  • Leeds' social housing huge £2.5m refurbished furniture dealSubscription

    News23 April, 2009

    A furniture refurbishment firm has been awarded a £2.5m contract to supply Leeds social housing with furniture over the next two-and-a-half years.Liverpools Furniture Resource Centre Group along with its associated company, Bulky Bobs, have been awarded, what is thought to be the largest contract of its kind by Jack Lunn Construction. Jack ...

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