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Issue : 26 June 2009

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  • Waste Disposal Authorities give the thumbs up to EfW, MBT and gasification technologiesSubscription

    News26 June, 2009

    Energy-from-waste, mechanical biological treatment and gasification are considered to be the preferred technologies which Waste Disposal Authorities will use to meet landfill diversion targets, according to new research. The findings are published by professional services firm Ernst & Young ...

  • Three firms left for South Tyne and Wear waste PFISubscription

    News26 June, 2009

    The South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership has revealed a shortlist of three bidders for its waste management private finance initiative project.The waste firms that will compete for the 25-year £1.3 billion scheme are:* MVV Umwelt* Sita UK* United Utilities

  • Packaging firm and paper recyclers DS Smith reports 85 per cent pre-tax profit plummetSubscription

    News26 June, 2009

    International packaging firm and office products wholesalers DS Smith has reported pre-tax losses of nearly 85 per cent on last year.The Group, owners of Severnside Recycling and St Regis, has suffered the impact of low demand for its products and services due to the recession, which worsened as the year went on. The firm made just £16.8 million against £109.1 million in the previous year, losing 84.6 per cent in pre-tax ...

  • Wales cuts household wasteSubscription

    News26 June, 2009

    Wales is now producing less household waste and recycling more, according to new figures.Latest figures for the fourth quarter of 2008-2009 show that households produced four per cent less waste (68,221 tonnes) than they did for the same period in 2007-2008.The overall share of municipal waste that was recycled, re-used or composted for the whole of 2008-09 was 36 per cent, an increase of four per cent on the 2007-08 figure of 32 per cent.

  • Defra awards Shropshire AD system £450,000Subscription

    News26 June, 2009

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has awarded £450,000 to improve an anaerobic digestion plant in Ludlow, Shropshire.Funded by Defras £10 million Anaerobic Digestion Demonstration Programme, the money will be used to install more efficient technology to increase the production of biogas from food waste by up to 15 per cent.The new equipment will be installed at the plant, which is run ...

  • Sita UK apply for landfill extensionSubscription

    News25 June, 2009

    Sita UK has put forward an application to extend landfilling at its Hill of Tramaud site in Aberdeen for a further 18 months because of expected waste shortfalls.Currently due to close at the end of the year, Sita predicts there will be a 120,000 tonnes shortage in the amount of waste. If the site closes without reaching its full capacity it could cause problems on long-term maintenance and drainage of the ...

  • WEEE recycling firm faces mercury chargesSubscription

    News25 June, 2009

    An electrical recycling firm charged with exposing employees to mercury will appear at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on 20 July. Electrical Waste Recycling Group, based in Kirkheaton ...

  • PM appoints new Chair of UK Sustainable Development ComissionSubscription

    News25 June, 2009

    Gordon Brown has appointed a new Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.Will Day will take over from the current Chair Jonathan Porrit on 27 July.Day said: I am delighted to be asked to Chair the SDC. I take this on at a time of growing public and political understanding of the immense social and environmental pressures that are building up around the world and that affect us all. These ...

  • Retailers slammed over use of plastic bags for online deliveriesSubscription

    News25 June, 2009

    Supermarket giants Sainsburys and Tesco have been criticised by consumer watchdogs for using too many plastic bags for online shopping orders.Which? magazine (July 2009 edition) asked volunteers to try online shopping and got its researchers to order the same 29 items from all five online supermarkets:,,, and and Sainsburys delivered the shopping in 14 bags each ...

  • Level of taxation on waste foundry sand may changeSubscription

    News25 June, 2009

    The level of taxation on waste foundry sand may change under Government proposals being considered to modernise the landfill tax legislation.Labour Party MP for Stroud David Drew asked a parliamentary question to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (23 June) about what plans he has to change the level of taxation on waste foundry sand and if he will make a statement.Exchequer Secretary Sarah McCarthy-Fry responded: The disposal of used foundry sand ...

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