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Issue : 27 March 2009

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  • Defra to start collecting commercial and industrial waste data Subscription

    News27 March, 2009

    The Government will start collecting more data on commercial and industrial waste from major producers this spring as part of an increased focus on the sector. Veolia Environmental Services regulatory affairs director Gill Weeks revealed the plans after meeting with officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Defra is also currently reviewing its policies on waste from the sector.Weeks described current C&I data as ...

  • New Earth Solutions launches fund for experienced investorsSubscription

    News27 March, 2009

    A new fund offering investment opportunities in the waste and recycling industry to experienced investors has been launched by the New Earth Solutions Group. The New Earth Recycling and Renewable Energy Sub-Fund will support NES technology and projects and has a minimum investment of £250,000.NES finance director Adrian Jones said: "We are launching the New Earth Sub-Fund in response to demand from institutional investors keen to build their exposure to ...

  • Defra awards nearly £320m in Private Finance Initiative waste creditsSubscription

    News27 March, 2009

    More than £300 in million private finance initiative credits for waste projects was awarded to three UK councils today by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. Hertfordshire County Council received the highest sum of £115.3m, which it will use to divert 170,000 tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste a year. The figure of £112.9m was given to the South London Waste Partnership to divert 102,600 tonnes of BMW a year. The partnership ...

  • Indonesia to tighten checks on recovered materials importsSubscription

    News26 March, 2009

    Recovered materials shipped to Indonesia on or after the 24 June 2009 will face new import checks brought in by the Indonesian Government. Containers of recovered metals, paper and plastics will need to be pre-inspected by an agency appointed by the countrys Ministry of Trade. Only two agencies, SGS and BV are currently authorised to do this and an agent must be present during the entire loading and sealing of containers.This change is Indonesias ...

  • Councils see dip in household waste as people spend less in the recessionSubscription

    News26 March, 2009

    Local authorities across the country have noticed a dip in household waste streams as people spend less in the recession.Speaking to MRW local authority officers have estimated that household waste streams have dropped from between four per cent to 10 per cent comparing last years figures to this years figures.At an Association of London Cleansing Officers meeting last week London councils still reported a drop in household waste arisings. The ALCO is ...

  • DECC: Little change in greenhouse gas emissions from waste management sectorSubscription

    News26 March, 2009

    The UK has dropped its greenhouse gas emissions by two per cent, according to latest figures from the Government, with little change in emissions from the waste management sector.The Department of Energy and Climate Change published its provisional 2008 estimates of UK greenhouse emissions. Greenhouse emissions fell from 636.6 million tonnes in 2007 to 623.8million ...

  • EMR launches gasification from shredded cars venture - UPDATESubscription

    News26 March, 2009

    European Metal Recycling is involved a new joint venture potentially worth £51 million to turn shredded car residue into energy using gasification. EMR has partnered with energy-from-waste company Chinook Energy to set up Innovative Environmental Solution UK, which Chinook described as the first commercial scale enterprise of its type. The plan is to process 120,000 tonnes of material, which includes plastics, glass, textiles, paint and metals, using Chinooks ...

  • Straight's preliminary results show improvement despite recessionSubscription

    News26 March, 2009

    Container supplier Straight has announced its preliminary results for last year. The firm has bucked the economic downturn and seen its total revenue increase by 8% to £25.4 million. Its revenue was £23.6m in 2007.The firm has said that demand for its containers, which include kerbside recycling boxes and food waste containers was strong.Chief executive Jonathan Straight said: We havent got any debt and plenty of cash and we have taken up opportunities ...

  • Local authorities assess maceration for food wasteSubscription

    News25 March, 2009

    The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee has met with the water industry to discuss the problems of food waste and whether macerators are the best way of dealing with it.At a meeting in London on 23 March, LARAC and the water industry discussed potential solutions of how householders could best dispose of food waste. They came to a consensus that minimisation of food waste should come first.

  • WRAP to lead single recycling and waste delivery bodySubscription

    News25 March, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme is to become a single super delivery body for Government-funded  recycling and waste programmes for businesses and householders.Over the next year, WRAP will begin leading programmes currently run by the likes of the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme and Envirowise.Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Hilary Benn said: All these organisations have done a great job in helping businesses and households ...

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