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Issue : 27 February 2009

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  • 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 ...

  • Two "nationally significant" energy-from-waste plants to be builtSubscription

    News24 February, 2009

    Plans for two nationally significant 60MW energy-from-waste plants have been bolstered by proposed changes to the Renewables Obligation Order 2009. KTI Energy said it was moving towards planning consent for two 500,000 tonne a year combined heat and power plants. The plants, which KTI hopes to have operational by 2013, are planned for sites near Crawley, Sussex and Basildon, Essex.Company managing director Bill Temple-Pediani said project finance ...

  • Textile Recycling Association president steps downSubscription

    News26 February, 2009

    After 11 years as president of the Textile Recycling Association, and its forerunner Recyclatex, Terry Ralph has announced he is stepping down. The news came as Ralph gave his speech at the TRAs annual general meeting this week.Ralph said: Two years ago, I was honoured to be asked to continue as president of the TRA for a further three years. I said I would review the position year by year. I have now decided after 11 continuous years holding office in Recyclatex ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • Retailers urge Government to rethink battery proposalsSubscription

    News26 February, 2009

    The British Retail Consortium is calling on Government to think about the implementation process for the batteries regulation.The battery regulation proposals oblige retailers to take back battery products for free from customers in store if they sell batteries. The battery consultationclosed on 13 February.Speaking at the MRW Recycling Retail Waste ...

  • 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 ...

  • PR Masterclass 3Subscription

    News25 February, 2009

    In tough economic times, it can be tempting to view PR and marketing as luxuries that should be first for the chop. While it makes sense to trim expensive campaigns and scale down ambitious launch plans - to halt all proactive activity is a risk. Out of sight may also mean out of mind. Reminding customers of who you are and what your business does is even more important when the economic climate is bleak.Keeping visible, especially when everyone around you is ...

  • No egg-stra packaging this EasterSubscription

    News25 February, 2009

    Easter egg manufacturers have achieved significant reductions in packaging this year, with some brands and retailers eliminating over 50% of materials tackling the 3,000 tonnes of Easter egg packaging produced in the UK each year.The Waste and Resources Action Programme has been working with a group of leading confectionery brands, manufacturers and retailers to support the delivery of this change across the sector, in order to deliver environmental and economic ...

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