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Issue : 26 June 2009

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  • Arc21 gets green light to build MBT plant in Belfast but not EfW plantSubscription

    News24 June, 2009

    Belfast City Council has backed proposals from an umbrella waste management group, for a mechanical biological treatment plant to be built at the council-owned north foreshore site in Belfast. But the council voted against its land being made available for an energy-from-waste plant to be ...

  • 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 ...

  • BIR urges Indian Government against import taxSubscription

    News24 June, 2009

    International recycling federation the Bureau of International Recycling has urged the Indian Government not to implement the proposed import duty on aluminium scrap in India. It is claimed the Aluminium Association of India filed the application, which is likely to charge a 10 to 20 per cent tax.The BIR has sent letters to the Indian Commerce Secretary of Government, the Revenue Secretary of Government and the ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Corus to axe around 2,000 UK jobsSubscription

    News25 June, 2009

    Steelmaker Corus has announced it is to make around 2,000 employees redundant across the UK.Eight hundred jobs will be lost at the engineering steel sites mainly at Rotherham and Stocksbridge. Another 370 jobs will be lost in Corus Tubes, which will be split between the UK and the Netherlands. Rolling and finishing plants in Teesside and Scotland will lose 375 staff. Finally, the company is opening consultations ...

  • 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 ...

  • Defra develops policy statement on commercial and industrial wasteSubscription

    News23 June, 2009

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is developing a policy statement setting out its approach to commercial and industrial waste.It intends to publish what actions it will take to tackle commercial and industrial waste and on encouraging greater convergence in the drivers to address both waste from ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

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