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Issue : 26 June 2009

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  • EA asks battery compliance schemes to check producer figuresSubscription

    News22 June, 2009

    The Environment Agency is currently assessing initial Battery Compliance Scheme applications and will ask them for additional information by the end of June to make sure they have realistic producer membership figures.Last month, eight potential BCSs applied to the EA to seek approval to run a scheme. Under the Battery Regulations, BCSs will have to collect, ...

  • Conservatives propose to extend landfill tax escalatorSubscription

    News22 June, 2009

    Shadow Environment Secretary Nick Herbert said that a Conservative Government would put a floor under the announced 2013 landfill tax rate up to 2020, to provide the waste industry with the stability to invest for the long-term in alternatives to landfill. Herbert also told ...

  • Defra prepares to manage transposition of revised Waste Framework DirectiveSubscription

    News22 June, 2009

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs intends to manage the transposition of the revised Waste Framework Directive through a two-stage consultation process. The revised WFD was published ...

  • Just 16 per cent of unwanted textiles is recycled or reusedSubscription

    News22 June, 2009

    England recycles or reuses just 16 per cent of discarded clothing and textiles every year, with a whopping 63 per cent going to landfill.The findings were revealed in an online survey about textile recycling, conducted by Recycle Now.Just 39 per cent of those polled consider the environmental impact of throwing away clothes and 63 per cent of clothing goes to landfill biodegrading and creating ...

  • Benn: Waste rethink needed to help tackle climate changeSubscription

    News22 June, 2009

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has said changing the way we think about waste will help to 'decarbonise' energy.Benn was speaking in Parliament after the new study published by the Government called Adapting to climate change: UK climate projections (18 June) was launched. The study looks at how the UK is likely to be affected by climate change over ...

  • WRAP injects £1.7m into Scotland's biggest AD plantSubscription

    News22 June, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme has agreed a £1.7 million boost to build Scotlands biggest anaerobic digestion plant.Costing a total of £7.5m to build, the food recycling plant will process 30,000 tonnes of waste food each year, powering up to 1,000 homes. Controlled by Scottish ...

  • Brown and Benn comment on Daily Mail wheelie bin campaign - COMMENT UPDATESubscription

    News22 June, 2009

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Environment Secretary Hilary Benn have both responded to the Daily Mails campaign against the wheelie bin blight. The Daily Mail started a campaign last week

  • Viridor opens £7.1m MRF in ScotlandSubscription

    News22 June, 2009

    Waste management firm Viridor has unveiled a new £7.1 million materials recycling facility in Scotland.Situated in Bargeddie, Lanarkshire, the most advanced recycling plant is capable of recycling 60,000 tonnes of material each year, helping the country to reach its zero waste strategy.Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochead said: This plant can play a key role in helping Scotland ...

  • Ireland's EPA to review waste licences for landfills - COMMENT UPDATESubscription

    News22 June, 2009

    Irelands Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will be reviewing EPA licences for landfills, to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill.It will aim to:* Maximise the use and value of waste before it is disposed of to landfill;* Assist compliance with the European Union Landfill Directive;* Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, and * Reduce the potential for odour at landfills.

  • Sainsbury's to swap cardboard cereal boxes with recyclable plastic bagsSubscription

    News23 June, 2009

    Sainsburys will be the first supermarket to swap its cardboard cereal boxes with recyclable plastic bags in an attempt to reduce packaging waste. The supermarket plans to sell its own-brand cereal in the plastic bags but the switch has been met with a mixed response from customers with

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