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Issue : 26 June 2009

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  • Plastic bag industry criticises UN call for plastic bag ban - COMMENT UPDATESubscription

    News23 June, 2009

    The United Nations Environment Programme has come under criticism from the plastic bag industry after calling for a world-wide ban on thin film plastic bags.Responding to the results of a UN report assessing marine litter, UN under secretary and UNEP executive director Achim Steiner said: Some of the litter, like thin film single use plastic bags which choke marine life, should be banned or phased-out rapidly everywhere. There ...

  • Green Week kicks off todaySubscription

    News23 June, 2009

    The biggest annual conference devoted to European environment policy has started this week the European Commissions Green Week 2009.It takes place from 23 to 26 June in Brussels and will examine the challenges of reducing European Union and global greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the climate change that is already under way.Eight of the sessions will also try to come up with ...

  • F.E. Mottram's non ferrous plant goes into liquidationSubscription

    News23 June, 2009

    Secondary aluminium products manufacturer F.E. Mottram (Non Ferrous) announced the closure of its Congleton plant on 22 June after going into voluntary liquidation.The firm, which claimed to be the largest single secondary aluminium smelter in the UK, has temporarily ceased trade and 60 employees have been made redundant.F.E. Mottram chief executive Andy Smith said: Anyone connected with the automotive ...

  • Waste Recycling Group plans to develop leachate treatment lagoonsSubscription

    News23 June, 2009

    Waste firm Waste Recycling Group has submitted a planning application to North Yorkshire County Council for permission to develop two leachate treatment lagoons at Allerton Park landfill, near Wetherby.WRG, who operate the Allerton Park site, are seeking to develop an on-site lagoon system to treat leahcate the polluted water that collects at the bottom of every landfill.The treated water will then be used to irrigate plantations of willow which ...

  • 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 ...

  • GMWDA reappoints chair and vice chairSubscription

    News23 June, 2009

    Councillor Neil Swannick and Councillor Michael Young have both been unanimously re-elected as chair and vice chair of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority. The councillors were re-elected at a GMWDA annual general meeting on 19 June.

  • TEG Environmental acquires Banham Compost in £3.1m deal Subscription

    News23 June, 2009

    Organic waste specialist TEG Environmental has acquired Banham Compost in a £3.1 million deal.Acquired from parent company Banham Poultry, the 28,000 tonne facility composts green and category three waste products from both the public and private sector.TEG believes the Norfolk site, which is currently running at 55 per cent capacity, has ...

  • 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 ...