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Issue : 29 May 2009

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  • Manchester's recyclers get choice of serviceSubscription

    News29 May, 2009

    Manchester City Council has given its residents in south Manchester the option of selecting what type of recycling services they want.The new services will go to nearly 10,000 residents, based on what they told Manchester City Council  officers during a survey earlier. Residents currently get a kerbside recycling box, but this is set to change.More than 2,000 households ...

  • Budget Pack plans to run a battery compliance schemeSubscription

    News29 May, 2009

    Packaging and waste electrical and electronic equipment compliance scheme Budget Pack is planning to run a battery compliance scheme and has made an application to register its scheme.The programme to attract potential members will be called the Cube Initiative with different sides of a cube representing the different features the activities it will take if it wins approval. Budget Pack has 400 members on its books including big guns such as ...

  • Quinn glass appeal against enforcement noticeSubscription

    News29 May, 2009

    Quinn glass has lodged an appeal against the enforcement notice brought by Chester West and Cheshire Council.The enforcement notice orders Quinn to dismantle the factory and cease production. Quinn has lodged the appeal believing that its planning application for the plant should be granted soon. If this application is approved, the enforcement notice will be unnecessary.The ...

  • Welsh First Minister urges all Welsh people to play a role in its sustainable developmentSubscription

    News29 May, 2009

    Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan stressed that all parts of Welsh society will have to play a role to meet its Sustainable Development Scheme targets, which aims to achieve zero waste by 2050.As he launched the One Wales:One planet scheme at the Hay Festival on 22 May, he said: This is not just an issue for the green lobby. It is not just about recycling ...

  • First of eleven pioneering mixed plastics plantsSubscription

    News29 May, 2009

    Recycler 2K Manufacturing is to open the first of 11 mixed plastics recycling centres, which will produce what they claim is the worlds first environmentally-friendly plywood substitute board.Multi-award winning product, EcoSheet, is a pioneering invention that is also entirely recyclable. The Luton site will be capable of recycling almost 25,000 tonnes of waste plastic, normally sent to landfill. ...

  • Scotland aims to deliver a greener GovernmentSubscription

    News29 May, 2009

    The Scottish Government has reduced its waste and increased its recycling rates, according to new figures from its Environmental Annual Report for 2007-2008.According to the report, the Scottish Government recycled 76 per cent of its waste last year but had a six per cent increase in business travel emissions. It plans to recycle 80 per cent of its waste by 2011 with help from its waste ...

  • Three banks in for Wakefield waste PFI dealSubscription

    News29 May, 2009

    The £700 million Wakefield waste management private finance initiative is set to reach financial close without requiring intervention from the Treasury. According to MRWs sister publication Infrastructure Journal, a club of three commercial banks is now understood to have come ...

  • Novelis recycles record 39 billion cansSubscription

    News29 May, 2009

    Aluminium giant Novelis has broken a company record by recycling an estimated 39 billion aluminium drink cans in the past year. Through recycling the company has reduced the need for 530,000 tonnes of primary aluminium avoiding five million tonnes of greenhouse gases. Novelis president of global procurement and metal management Nick Madden said: The GHGs avoided ...

  • Celebrating 10 years recycling yellow pagesSubscription

    News28 May, 2009

    Paper and cardboard reprocessor Smurfit Kappa Recycling is celebrating 10 years of recycling Yellow Pages directories into new packaging materials.It was one of the first UK firms to accept the telephone directories for recycling and it is now reprocessing more than ever.Yellow pages publisher Yell UK environment manager Adam Billiald said: As a business committed to sustainability, it is important ...

  • Boris Johnson must help Londoners to recycle 'on the go'Subscription

    News28 May, 2009

    The Mayor of London must introduce a consistent on the go recycling scheme to help people tackle waste and increase recycling in the city, according to the London Assembly.The On the go recycling report produced by the London Assemblys Environment Committee says more recycling bins should be made available in public places because the public appetite for recycling is increasing.

  • MEP 's husband paid £22,500 to write waste management pamphletSubscription

    News28 May, 2009

    South-West Conservative MEP Dr Caroline Jackson has reportedly paid her husband £22,500 to help with writing a 15-page pamphlet on waste management.Jackson who is standing down from the European Parliament and is rapporteur for the revision of the Waste Framework Directive, made the payment as consultancy fees, according to the Sun newspaper. ...

  • New partnership to roll out innovative Gasplasma technologySubscription

    News28 May, 2009

    Innovative energy-from-waste firm Advanced Plasma Power has teamed up with private equity fund Leverage Green Energy to roll out cutting edge Gasplasma technology across Europe and Canada.The Gasplasma process creates clean hydrogen rich gas from landfill waste. This gas can then be used as fuel in gas turbines and engines used at industrial ...

  • 'First' biomass plant to supply 100 percent village energySubscription

    News28 May, 2009

    Plans to potentially generate the total energy supply for a UK village with 100 per cent sustainable electricity have been submitted.Sustainable woodchip supplier for the biomass industry, Ahs Energy, has proposed to build a biomass CHP plant in Northiam, Sussex, which will power the whole village. Ahs managing director Nick Guest said: The proposed plant represents a ...

  • Ireland develops markets for compostSubscription

    News28 May, 2009

    Irelands Environmental Protection Agency  has launched a research report into a potential standard for compost derived from biodegradable waste.The purpose of the research is to promote the development of markets for compost in Ireland after establishing an industry-based compost standard.The EPA hopes that the market development process will lead to the overall expansion of the composting industry ...

  • Calls for more electrical recycling campaignsSubscription

    News28 May, 2009

    UK electrical recycling rates will increase when the public is better informed about what to do with its waste, say industry experts.Speaking to MRW Dell recycling manager Jean Cox-Kearns said there needed to be more visible messages about how consumers can recycle their electronics. She said: There has to be responsibility from Government, responsibility from producers and retailers to get the message out to consumers to recycle electrical goods.

  • Firms show exciting waste management initiatives in the Sunday Times' 60 best green companiesSubscription

    News28 May, 2009

    The Sunday Times 60 best green companies 2009 showed businesses demonstrating huge innovation across many sectors to reduce their waste and recycle more.Revealed on 24 May, the survey showed that 45 companies achieved at least a 10 per cent increase in recycling or 10 per cent decrease in waste production in 2008 compared with the previous year.

  • "Reckless" Biffa fined £60,000Subscription

    News28 May, 2009

    Waste management company Biffa has been fined £60,000 for breaching permit conditions at its hazardous waste installation in Wednesbury.Three charges were brought by the Environment Agency on 22 May in relation to poor storage of containerised hazardous waste and inadequate management of third party contractors -  breaching its Pollution Prevention and ...

  • Residents encouraged to bank on their recyclingSubscription

    News27 May, 2009

    Waste management firm Veolia Environmental Services and recycling incentive company RecycleBank has announced the trial launch of a recycling reward scheme. The scheme, which will be trialled in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, hopes to encourage the 2,800 households to take part through rewards in goods and services from local and national businesses. ...

  • Corus takes actionSubscription

    News27 May, 2009

    Steel giant Corus has taken legal action to try to prevent a consortium from pulling out of a contract to buy the majority of the steel from its Teeside Cast Products plant.A spokesman for Corus told MRW: There have been legal proceedings, which sought an immediate solution for Teesside and which are now concluded. Those proceedings are unrelated to any future legal action that Corus might seek to take against the ...

  • China and the EU to share best practices on recyclingSubscription

    News27 May, 2009

    Recycling industries in the European Union and China will work more closely together to share best practices, according to officials attending the 5th China-EU Round table meeting on 18-19 May. Officials agreed that EU-China cooperation should be enhanced to strengthen exchanges of technical expertise and good practices on waste disposal and recycling.The meeting was held in the harbour of eco-city of Tianjin, China.About 130 million ...

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