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Issue : 3 April 2009

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  • PR Masterclass 4Subscription

    News30 March, 2009

    This month:Press release secretsThe press release is to PR what the spreadsheet is to accounting or the letter is to law. Its the most basic and most used form of communication in the PR toolbox. Unfortunately, it also happens to be the tool that is often misused. Two popular complaints from journalists are that they regularly receive press releases that are simply not relevant to their readers and that too many of the ones that are of ...

  • G20 focus on low carbon agendaSubscription

    News30 March, 2009

    Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said that the low carbon agenda will be discussed at the forthcoming G20 London Summit (2 April) and he has called on UK firms to seize opportunities in the growing market for low carbon exports.Miliband was speaking at the Carbon Trust, the Government-funded firm, on 25 March. He addressed 85 business organisations gathered to discuss international marketing strategy ...

  • Administrators: Greencycle not a viable sale opportunitySubscription

    News30 March, 2009

    Recycling company Greencycle went into administration last week after the companys revenues were hit by volatile recyclate commodity markets. Directors called in KPMG administrators Ian Corfield and Richard Fleming on 24 March 2009 after the business, which collected and disposed of recyclables for local authorities, had financial difficulties. Corfield said: Recent volatility in the waste materials market is affecting many organisations in the recycling ...

  • Firms need to take employees green views more seriously, say industry expertsSubscription

    News30 March, 2009

    More businesses could be taken to court if they dismiss employees for their green beliefs, according to industry experts.Tim Nicholson was made redundant while head of sustainability at Grainger, Britains biggest residential property investment company, last July and he has now been given permission to sue his employers for unfair dismissal over their alleged discrimination against his views on climate change.His commitment to green causes was recognised ...

  • Sita energy-from-waste plant plans rejected by Cornwall Subscription

    News30 March, 2009

    Plans for a 240,000 tonne a year energy-from-waste facility in Cornwall have been rejected by county council planners. Sita, the company which submitted the plans, said it was disappointed with the decision. It has a 30-year private finance initiative contract (which started in 2006) with Cornwall County Council and the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre was part of county-wide plans. A Sita spokesman told MRW that the company had not yet decided ...

  • Tesco runs customer packaging take-back trialSubscription

    News30 March, 2009

    Supermarket giant Tesco is running a trial in two stores to allow customers the opportunity to remove and leave packaging in store after they have bought their products, as part of an information gathering exercise that may influence its packaging strategy.The trial is running from 1 April for six weeks in Tesco stores in Guildford, Surrey and Ilminster, Somerset.Speaking to ...

  • 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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