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Issue : 27 February 2009

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  • 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. ...

  • Anti-freeze actions land companies in hot water with the EASubscription

    News24 February, 2009

    Two companies have been fined £42,000 for handling waste anti-freeze illegally for more than two years.The Environment Agency took Northampton-based MISWA Chemicals and OSS Group to court after MISWA admitted accepting the waste without a waste management licence and OSS Group admitted taking the waste to them without checking if the firm had a licence.The EA discovered that MISWA received 650,000 litres of waste anti-freeze between April 2005 ...

  • Minister shows 'Every Can Counts' Subscription

    News24 February, 2009

    Recycling and Waste Minister Jane Kennedy encouraged businesses to recycle their cans as she visited a London-based company participating in the Every Can Counts recycling programme.Digital marketing agency i-level was one of the first businesses to join the Every Can Counts programme after it was launched in October 2008 by the drinks can industry. Developed and managed by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation, the scheme aims to help capture the ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...