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Issue : 3 July 2009

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  • Recovered material quality is declining, says Aylesford NewsprintSubscription

    News3 July, 2009

    The quality of material collected in the UK is declining according to major paper reprocessor Aylesford Newsprint.Aylesford Newsprint is currently importing 25,000 tonnes of recovered paper each year, which it expects will rise to 50,000 tonnes in the near future. The company says this figure could even top 75,000 tonnes next year, equating to 15 per cent of its feedstock.Opposing reports that ...

  • Defra plans to consult on changing waste definition for LATSSubscription

    News3 July, 2009

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs intends to consult on changing the definition of municipal waste used in the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme and hopes to launch a consultation after the summer. Defra initially consulted on changing the definition of municipal waste ...

  • The UK's car scrappage scheme may not work, according to the European FoundationSubscription

    News3 July, 2009

    A comprehensive report from a European Union (EU) think-tank has indicated that Britains new £2,000 old car scrappage scheme may not work, because of high levels of UK personal indebtedness.The paper Recent restructuring trends and policies in the automotive sector by the Dublin-based European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions has shown how Germanys scrappage ...

  • SCA Recycling to open state-of-the-art multi-material recycling facilitySubscription

    News3 July, 2009

    Paper reprocessor SCA Recycling UK is opening a new state-of-the-art £15 million materials recycling facility soon, expanding its operations into the multi-material market.According to SCA Recycling the MRF will be capable of processing paper, plastics, glass, ferrous and non-ferrous metals to produce high quality materials. Cutting edge disc screen technology will be used to sort heavy and light materials ...

  • Arc21 halve shortlist for new waste management facilitiesSubscription

    News3 July, 2009

    Northern Ireland waste management group Arc21 has halved its shortlist of bidders hoping to deliver its new waste management facilities.The umbrella group, which spans 11 councils in the east of Northern Ireland has announced the shortlist as:- Greenstar Holdings/ E.On  Energy from Waste AG- SITA Holdings UK- Veolia ES AuroraThese bidders now move on to the next phase of the procurement process.Plans for the waste ...

  • WRAP confirms £3.5m food waste budgetSubscription

    News3 July, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme has confirmed that it has set aside a budget of £3.5 million to support local authorities in England who want to start separate food waste collections. WRAP has sent a letter to all councils in England inviting them to apply for a share of the fund.

  • Lack of guidance on home composting leads to increase in rats, say industry expertsSubscription

    News3 July, 2009

    More rats are becoming attracted to home composters because people do not know how to use them properly, say industry experts. National Pest Technician Association board member Barrie Sheard told MRW that he supports home composting 100 per cent but some people are not using them properly ...

  • Triodos boosting small businessesSubscription

    News2 July, 2009

    Investment bank for sustainability Triodos has launched a new programme to help fund small businesses in the waste and recycling industry. The Triodos Enterprise Investment Scheme Green Fund, will use its capital to help small but growing businesses. It is hoped the Fund will achieve high returns for investors by investing in the most interesting sustainable companies with strong growth potential.

  • Tesco cuts packaging weight reduction target Subscription

    News1 July, 2009

    Retail giant Tesco has cut its packaging weight reduction target from 25 per cent by 2010 to 15 per cent by 2010. The supermarket chain has recently released its corporate responsibility report 2009. The report states: Since we started working with our suppliers ...

  • Are reprocessors importing materials in place of inadequate quality materials in the UK?Subscription

    News1 July, 2009

    Representatives of the UK Aluminium and paper industries have expressed mixed opinions on the Waste & Resources Action Programmes suggestion that high quality recovered materials are being imported to make up for inadequate UK materials. WRAPs recent report Choosing the right recycling collection system states: In key areas e.g. paper, aluminium and certain types of glass, UK reprocessors are importing materials because sufficient material of the ...

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