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Issue : 3 April 2009

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  • Newport grants Biogen gasification plant planning permissionSubscription

    News3 April, 2009

    A new gasification plant is set to be built in Newport, south Wales, after planning permission was granted to BioGen Power.The facility will have the capacity to process 120,000 tonnes of waste and will generate 12 MWe of electricity. BioGen Power will work with Energos to provide the technology for the plant.BioGen Power chief executive Christian Reeve said: This is a highly suitable location with good electricity connection, direct links to the highway, high potential ...

  • Biffa recycles Greggs' wasteSubscription

    News2 April, 2009

    Food retailer Greggs is working with waste management firm Biffa in a bid to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.Greggs has more than 1400 shops nationwide and is known for products such as sandwiches, sausage rolls, baked bread and cakes.It will work with Biffa to trial new recycling schemes such as composting, anaerobic digestion, and other methods of waste disposal.Greggs group ...

  • Britons believe wartime spirit should be embraced to cut down on wasteSubscription

    News2 April, 2009

    British people believe that the country should embrace wartime values to cut down on waste, according to research from the Energy Saving Trust.The non-profit organisation did a survey of 1,570 people from across the UK and found that six out of 10 people in the UK think a return to a Second World War approach to using resources could help curb waste. For instance, people ...

  • LGA praises householders for recyclingSubscription

    News2 April, 2009

    The Local Government Association has heaped praised on the public for helping to increase recycling rates in the UK.Speaking to MRW Bettison said: On domestic waste we have gone from nowhere to 33% - that is great. Yes, we are not up to the levels that Holland or Germany is at but they have been doing this for generations.He said that the Great British public ...

  • Councils are upbeat about "supersized" authoritiesSubscription

    News1 April, 2009

    Englands biggest council shake-up in thirty years is set to have a positive impact on waste services, according to industry experts. Replacing 44 districts and counties with nine supersized authorities will save £100m, according to ministers. All local services in Cheshire, Bedfordshire, Cornwall, Northumberland, Durham, Shropshire and Wiltshire will be run by unitary authorities. Local Government Minister John Healey said councils hope the new system will ...

  • CIWM welcomes landfill tax increaseSubscription

    News1 April, 2009

    The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management has welcomed the landfill tax increase from £32 per tonne to £40 per tonne (1 April).The landfill tax escalator increases the price of sending waste to landfill to encourage more sustainable ways of managing waste, the Treasury explained. The Government hopes that this will help the UK reach its 2010 targets under the Landfill Directive.CIWM deputy ...

  • Tesco rolls out mini recycling machinesSubscription

    News31 March, 2009

    Britains largest supermarket is rolling out smaller sophisticated recycling machines in order to get more people to recycle on 3 April. Tescos has 64 recycling machines out at the moment and is hoping to get 90 out by the end of this year.Customers get Clubcard points for materials they put into the machine such as plastic bottles and glass. Most machines ...

  • Waste company receives hefty fines for breaching permit conditionsSubscription

    News31 March, 2009

    Waste firm E J Shanley & Son has been fined a total of £25,000 for accepting more waste than it was entitled to at its waste transfer station in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The Environment Agency took E J Shanley & Son to court after an officer found that the firm had breached a number of its permit ...

  • Alupro: Minimum recycled content not ideal for aluminium Subscription

    News31 March, 2009

    Calls from an MP to introduce a minimum recyclable content obligation for packaging have been criticised by aluminium industry representatives. At a meeting of the industrys All Party Parliamentary Group, members said the 10 minute (recyclate content) Bill, introduced in February, would be counter-productive for drinks cans. Members argued that an end-of-life aluminium recycling ...

  • New chair of the Infrastructure Planning Commission announcedSubscription

    News31 March, 2009

    Sir Michael Pitt has been selected to chair the new Infrastructure Planning Commission.The new IPC will be the body that will take decisions on applications for development consent for infrastructure proposals that are of national significance, such as waste and recycling proposals, based on clear statements of national policy set out by Government.It is being established under the provisions of the Planning Act 2008 and will begin from October.

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