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Issue : 27 February 2009

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  • Building on second Closed Loop Recycling plastics plant beginsSubscription

    News27 February, 2009

    As work on Closed Loop Recyclings second plastic bottle recycling plant began in Wales this week, markets for quality recycled plastics have been described as strong. Prices for plastics have stabilised and some in the industry are cautiously predicting recovery. This optimism comes at a good time for CLRs £12 million HDPE and PET recycling facility on Deeside, north Wales. It will process more than 50,000 tonnes of plastic a year, including water, milk ...

  • Sense of rising landfill taxes questioned in tough economic climateSubscription

    News27 February, 2009

    A skip firm has hit out at established Government policy to use increasing landfill taxes on businesses to subsidise lower corporation taxes. Basingstoke Skip Hire director Laurie Mercer told MRW she was concerned about the rising tax undermining her business, and that of others in the industry. She said it was unfair that revenue raised through landfill taxes was used to lower corporation tax.In the Budget 2007, the Government said that rising ...

  • Recyclate content Bill aims to help recycling marketSubscription

    News27 February, 2009

    A Bill to make provision for the establishment of minimum levels of recyclates in designated products and classes of products has been presented in Parliament.MP for Southampton Test Alan Whitehead presented the ten-minute Bill in Parliament on 25 February. The original purpose of the Bill is to bring stabilisation to the recycling market by establishing a secure market for recyclable material. Whitehead said: My ten-minute Bill, which should perhaps be more ...

  • Task force to boost for "under-deployed anaerobic digestion" welcomedSubscription

    News27 February, 2009

    Government initiatives to boost anaerobic digestions growth in the UK have been welcomed by renewable power company ENER-G, which said the technology was under-deployed. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs launched its plans for a task group to lead development and delivery of more AD in the UK following the report Anaerobic Digestion Shared Goals.

  • Centre for Remanufacturing & Reuse to launch uniform reuse online websiteSubscription

    News27 February, 2009

    In April, the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse will launch an online website to help maximise the recovery and reuse of corporate clothing as part of the Governments Sustainable Clothing Action Plan.The website named www.uniformreuse.co.uk is to be launched at the NEC Corporate and Workwear Show on 1 April 2009. It aims to provide industry, corporatewear users and interested members of the public with tools ...

  • Boris Johnson appoints new chair for London Sustainable Development CommissionSubscription

    News27 February, 2009

    The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has appointed John Plowman as the new chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission.Plowman has extensive experience working on issues relating to sustainable development.  He has been a senior civil servant for 30 years standing in areas as diverse as environmental protection, urban regeneration and road safety. He currently runs a consultancy that provides advice to a range of clients including the Department ...

  • ESA calls for bolder EU approach on green procurement Subscription

    News27 February, 2009

    A paper on global recycling markets from the new Czech presidency of the European Union has been criticised as too timid about green public procurement opportunities. The paper entitled The fall in demand for recycled materials - Information from the Presidency will be discussed next week at the EU Environment Council meeting in Brussels.Environmental Services ...

  • New EU Czech presidency highlights economic issues for recyclingSubscription

    News27 February, 2009

    A paper examining the effects of the economic downturn of 2008 on the recycling industry will be discussed at next weeks EU Environment Council meeting in Brussels. The paper entitled The fall in demand for recycled materials - Information from the Presidency, which recognises the importance of this issue, is from the new Czech presidency of the European Union.

  • Environmental agencies wait on Defra to find out their 2009/10 budgetsSubscription

    News27 February, 2009

    Government funded environmental agencies are waiting on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to find out if they will get their budgets cut for the next financial year.Agencies such as the Waste & Resources Action Programme, Envirowise and the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme are still waiting to find out their budgets for 2009/10. The budgets have yet to be finalised.Defra is carrying out a comprehensive review of all ...

  • WRAP: retailers exceed carrier bag targetSubscription

    News26 February, 2009

    Retailers and consumers have shown they are reducing their reliance on carrier bags taken at the till according to new figures.The Waste & Resources Action Programme said retailers have exceeded the voluntary target to reduce the environmental impact of carrier bags by 25% by the end of 2008. This is measured by the reduction in the amount of carrier bags issued and the amount of virgin plastic used.According to WRAP, since 2006 retailers have delivered a 40% reduction ...

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