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Issue : 24 July 2009

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  • Three men arrested in Brazil waste caseSubscription

    News24 July, 2009

    Three men from the Swindon area have been arrested as part of investigations into the illegally exported waste found in Brazil. (see MRW story)The Environment Agencys National Environmental Crime Team raided premises, with help from the Wiltshire Police, and arrested a 49-year old man, a 28-year old man and a 24-year old man. The men cannot be identified for legal reasons. Environment Agency head of waste and resource management Liz Parkes said: ...

  • Third sector welcomes Government consultation on revised WFDSubscription

    News24 July, 2009

    Members of the third sector have welcomed the Governments consultation on the revised Waste Framework Directive which proposes to change the waste hierarchy to include preparing for reuse. Under the new proposals the revised WFD formally incorporates a five stage waste hierarchy, ranging from ...

  • Sony:UK consumers hoard small electrical products instead of recycling themSubscription

    News24 July, 2009

    More than 25 per cent of UK consumers store old TVs, laptops, and video/DVD players in their homes rather than recycling them, electrical producer Sony UK has found. Sony conducted consumer awareness research to find out how ...

  • Construction website believes materials reuse is on the upSubscription

    News24 July, 2009

    Construction material recycling and reuse website Earth Exchange has diverted 81,000 tonnes of construction waste from landfill over the past year.The website, which allows construction sites to swap unwanted materials with one another, has calculated that 156,000 tonnes of virgin materials have been exchanged. As a result of reduced road haulage, this has saved 433.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions, with the approximate ...

  • Hippowaste celebrates record monthSubscription

    News24 July, 2009

    Waste management company Hippowaste is celebrating its best month of trading ever in its six year history. The Fareham-based firm had a record 14,000 Hippobags booked in June, collecting waste from homes, construction sites and work places to be recycled.Hippowaste executive chairman Stephen Noar said: Generally, people are thinking more carefully about the true cost of waste disposal and ...

  • Consortium members abandon Corus's Teesside plantSubscription

    News24 July, 2009

    Corus four consortium members have abandoned the Teesside Cast Products plant after talks to assess how it can be saved failed.At a meeting with Corus on 23 July, the consortium members decided they would be unable to guarantee long-term offtake at a sufficient volume.The aim of the meeting was to find a way to provide a sustainable future for the plant, since the consortium members ...

  • Sainsbury's chief executive dismisses plastic bag debateSubscription

    News24 July, 2009

    Plastic bags are a poor measure of a supermarkets real greenness, according to Sainsburys chief executive Justin King. Writing in The Mirror (23 July), ...

  • Plasterboard recycled to help cement-making processSubscription

    News24 July, 2009

    Minerals Resource Management, sister company to Hanson Cement, has opened an inorganic waste recycling factory, creating a product to slow the cement-making process.Based at Kirkby, near Liverpool the plant produces Cemset from plasterboard, which retards the cement setting time. MRM sales manager Juliet Currie said: Deliveries of plasterboard started within hours of the factory ...

  • Barrow-based waste firm bosses jailedSubscription

    News24 July, 2009

    Three managers from Barrow-based waste firm CAW have been jailed for trying to cheat Cumbria County Council out of £100,000 by charging for rubbish not collected. Managing director David Armer, general manager Donald Kershaw and transport manager Peter Newton were jailed for between six and ...

  • Oxo-biodegradable plastics industry under fireSubscription

    News24 July, 2009

    European Bioplasticss wish to distance itself from the oxo-biodegradable plastics industry has sparked criticism from some in the oxo-biodegradable industry.In a position paper launched on 22 July, the oxo-biodegradable industry -  according to trade association European Bioplastics ...

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