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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: Asda.com, Ocado.com, Sainsburys.co.uk, Tesco.com and Waitrosedeliver.com.Tesco 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Johnson Matthey sees profits fallSubscription

    News24 June, 2009

    Johnson Matthey, the platinum specialist that makes automotive catalysts to help reduce exhaust emissions, is suffering from the current slump in auto production. The companys full year profits of £267.9 million up one per cent - beat forecasts but the firm warned that it had experienced ...

  • New flat recycling guidance launched by WRAPSubscription

    News24 June, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme has launched a new guidance to help local authorities select the most appropriate recycling collection for flats. This is the first comprehensive guide of its kind and covers all aspects of collecting and recycling food waste from flats. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Waste campaigner slams Project Transform PFI - COMMENT UPDATESubscription

    News24 June, 2009

    A Friends of the Earth waste campaigner has slammed plans for the Midlands private finance initiative, Project Transform.According to Keith Kondakor, the numbers issued by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs over the proposed energy-from-waste plant to service Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire are, based on flawed assumptions and inflated waste tonnages. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Gateway to London launches EnviroNet Business ClubSubscription

    News24 June, 2009

    Gateway to London, inward investment agency for Government regeneration agency, London Thames Gateway, has launched a new networking site called EnviroNet business club to give companies networking and supply chain opportunities.

  • Nearly 40 per cent of UK's top recycling firms in financial troubleSubscription

    News24 June, 2009

    According to industry analysts Plimsoll Publishing 38 per cent of the UKs top 1000 recycling firms are in financial trouble.At 23 per cent, almost a quarter of the recycling companies were given a danger rating meaning their survival is now in question. Another 15 per cent were given a caution rating, warning they are in a weakened financial position.Plimsoll senior analyst David Pattison said: It was no ...

  • 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

  • Green Alliance has vision to 'design out waste'Subscription

    News23 June, 2009

    Environmental charity Green Alliance has announced its strategy for the next three years including a movement to design out waste.It has six themes that it will be assessing from now until 2012 including: political leadership, the sustainable economy, the third sector, climate change and energy futures, green living and designing out waste.Green Alliance policy adviser Hannah Hislop told MRW: ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

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