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Issue : 3 April 2009

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

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