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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.

  • 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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