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Issue : 3 April 2009

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Consolidated WRAP welcomed by some in sectorSubscription

    News31 March, 2009

    News that six Government waste bodies will be consolidated under the Waste & Resources Action Programmehas been welcomed by some in the sector. Veolia Environmental Services regulatory affairs director Gill Weeks said: "There is a strong case for putting these different delivery bodies under WRAP's leadership and this consolidation should lead to both clearer communication and quicker delivery. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Creation of super-WRAP raises concernsSubscription

    News31 March, 2009

    Views that are different to those of the Waste & Resources Action Programme could be silenced, now a new super-WRAP has been created. This warning came from an insider at a waste management organisation on hearing news that six Government waste bodies will be consolidated under WRAP.While some ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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