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Issue : 27 February 2009

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  • Defra launches Sustainable Clothing Action Plan at London Fashion WeekSubscription

    News23 February, 2009

    Models sashayed down the catwalk with clothes made partly from recycled materials at the start of London Fashion Week (20 February) as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs chose the event to launch its Sustainable Clothing Action Plan.The plan is not a new regulation, but a series of green pledges from 300 stakeholders in the fashion industry, including high ...

  • Manufacturers need to reduce their packaging waste, says environmental lawyerSubscription

    News23 February, 2009

    The Environment Agency needs to place more responsibility on product manufacturers to reduce waste at source, claims a Dickinson Dees LLP lawyer.Speaking to MRW Dickinson Dees LLP partner Stuart Wardlaw said that, although the EA continues to pursue companies who fail to comply with packaging waste regulations, less is being done to reduce packaging waste at source.The packaging regulations put obligations ...

  • Defra hits back at Sunday Telegraph pay-as-you-throw claimsSubscription

    News23 February, 2009

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has hit back at a Sunday Telegraph report that claims that binmen are being issued with computers to build rubbish profiles on households to pave the way for the introduction of pay-as-you-throw. A Defra spokeswoman said: There is absolutely no suggestion that local authorities using microchips to help them deal with waste are a back door to introducing pay-as-you-throw, or financial incentives ...

  • Case for vehicle scrap incentives presented to European CommissionSubscription

    News23 February, 2009

    Scrap metal traders will be encouraged to hear that a car manufacturing trade association has called for UK scrappage incentive schemes at the European Commission. The drop in car manufacturing activity has been a cause of concern for traders which supply material to the manufacturers as well as taking their scrap.At a European Commission meeting last week (16 February), the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders repeated calls for a scrappage incentive ...

  • Green light for PDM's £12m anaerobic digestion plantSubscription

    News23 February, 2009

    Planning permission has been granted for a £12 million anaerobic digestion plant in Doncaster, which is part of wider development plans from the PDM Group. Following the news that its 45,000 tonne a year capacity AD plant could go ahead, PDM said it planned to make further substantial investment in biomass-to-energy technologies over the next three years.PDM chief executive Andrew Smith said obtaining planning permission will bolster our own recycling portfolio ...

  • High Court to decide fate of Quinn Glass recycling plantSubscription

    News23 February, 2009

    A long-running battle over the legality of the Quinn Glass plant operating in Cheshire will now go to the High Court. The Court will decide whether the plant can be lawfully granted planning permission following legal action taken against the council set to take the decision.Chester City Council has received a legal challenge from Ardagh Glass, which wants to stop the council from granting planning permission to Quinn Glass. A council statement said the ...

  • Funding remains major issue for Government's AD plansSubscription

    News23 February, 2009

    Lack of project finance will affect the Governments ambition to make anaerobic digestion an established technology in England by 2020, according to Catalyst Corporate Finance head of research Mark Wilson.Catalyst Corporate Finance is a corporate advisory firm and specialises in company sales, private equity and acquisitions.Wilson said: It is all very good and well the Government being supportive of AD, which we welcome. However, there is genuine ...

  • British Metals Recycling Association announces new director generalSubscription

    News23 February, 2009

    The new director general for the British Metals Recycling Association will be former Skills for Logistics chief executive Ian Hetherington. He will take over from current director general Lindsay Millington in April. Prior to this, Millington and Hetherington will work together during a handover phase before Hetherington officially takes on the role.Hetherington has more than 15 years experience of working with businesses and representing their ...

  • London's food waste carbon footprint revealed in new reportSubscription

    News24 February, 2009

    Londoners produce food waste which emits 6.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, a new report reveals.The report named, Londons food sector greenhouse gas emissions, was commissioned by the Greater London Authority and the London Development Agency, and was compiled by consultancy Brook Lyndhurst. It is the first to examine the impact of what London eats and its impact on ...

  • Revenge of the bin men coming to a town near you!Subscription

    News24 February, 2009

    Channel 4 is to show a film called Revenge of the bin men on March 2 at 9pm. It will claim that war has broken out between the people who are putting out too much rubbish and the councils whose job it is to dispose of it all.The programme will follow councils and residents on both sides of the battle. It will meet the Hampshire resident determined to stop his local council introducing smaller bins, as he encourages his fellow residents to support his struggle. ...

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