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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Local authorities are not stockpiling recyclable materials, says WRAPSubscription

    News26 February, 2009

    There is no significant evidence that local authorities are stockpiling their materials, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme.Speaking at the MRW Recycling Retail Waste 2009 conference  WRAP director of market development Marcus Gover said prices for materials were stabilising back to normal levels and they had not seen any evidence of significant stockpiles.He added: After excessive volatility the markets are starting to ...

  • Cheshires £1bn waste deal down to final two bidders Subscription

    News26 February, 2009

    Contenders for Cheshire County Councils £1billion private finance initiative waste deal have been whittled down to two, Viridor Waste Management and a joint venture between United Utilities and Interserve. The announcement means that the Waste Recycling Group and a partnership between Shanks Waste Management with Ineos Chlor, which were on the shortlist of four bidders announced in April 2008, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Firms warned to comply with REACH regulation or face fines Subscription

    News26 February, 2009

    Companies that transform waste into chemical substances to sell within the European Union need to ensure compliance with the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restrictions of chemicals regulation or face hefty fines, warned industry experts.The REACH regulation, which became fully operational in the UK in June 2008, applies to recovered waste once the chemicals have been recovered and purified ...

  • NISP secures construction buyer for waste incinerator bottom ash Subscription

    News26 February, 2009

    A deal to divert 10,000 tonnes of incinerator bottom ash from landfill to be used as fill aggregate has been brokered by the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme. The UK has an established history using bottom ash from coal fired power stations in the blockmaking industry but, NISP explained, using ash from energy-from-waste plants is less common. This means more than half a million tonnes of IBA goes to landfill each year in England and Wales, the programme ...

  • 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 ...

  • Investors' appetite for waste and recycling stays strongSubscription

    News25 February, 2009

    Appetites for investment in the waste and recycling sector remain strong despite tough economic conditions as a sector specific fund hits target funding of £10 million. The New Earth Solutions Recycling Facilities Investment Sub-Fund launched in July 2008 with The Premier Group, an Isle of Man based investment fund. It was set up to invest directly in New Earth Solutions UK waste and recycling infrastructure. Premier director David Whittaker said: We are ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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