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Issue : 3 April 2009

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  • 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 ...

  • Waste and recycling plants bring £78m to green economy in LondonSubscription

    News31 March, 2009

    The Mayor of London Boris Johnson plans to build waste and recycling plants which could bring more than 1,000 jobs and contribute £78 million a year to the capitals economy, according to a new report.The report, by services firm Ernst and Young, outlines for the first time the economic boost and job opportunities for London and the UK if it positions ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Mandelson: The economy must be top priority for Regional Development AgenciesSubscription

    News31 March, 2009

    The Regional Development Agencies are making a real difference to the economy, a new study suggests.The report by PricewaterhouseCoopers has shown that, overall, every pound invested by Regional Development Agencies will generate at least £4.50 for the regional economy.

  • 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 ...

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