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Issue : 30 January 2009

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  • Pay-as-you-throw "not dead yet"Subscription

    News30 January, 2009

    Pay-as-you-throw schemes are not dead in the water yet, despite a lack of applications for the Governments pilots earlier his month.This was the response from Louise Bowe, Waste & Resources Action Programmehead of local authority communications support, to questions about how local authorities could counter negative press coverage.Speaking at the MRW conference Engaging ...

  • Energy-from-waste can help NHS to meet carbon targetsSubscription

    News30 January, 2009

    Energy-from-waste facilities can play a bigger role in dealing with residual waste not suitable for recycling for National Health Service Sites, according to Scottish-based waste management training consultancy WamCal.Speaking after the publication of the NHS ...

  • Renew tempted £80m recycling facility to north eastSubscription

    News30 January, 2009

    Regional development organisation Renew played a large part in attracting an £80 million tyre pyrolysis plant to the north east of England, according to plant developers Pyreco. Plans to build the facility at the Tees Valley South Tees Eco Park (STEP), which will create 90 jobs, were revealed late last year.

  • EA calls on businesses to start preparing for Battery RegulationsSubscription

    News30 January, 2009

    The Environment Agency has warned businesses that make, import or sell batteries and battery-operated equipment to start getting ready to comply with new Battery Regulations due to start in 2010.EA batteries project manager Bob Mead said: Some details of how this legislation will be implemented in the UK are currently being consulted on. But, we do know that it will cover all the types of batteries we are familiar with from AAA cells and mobile phone batteries ...

  • Belvedere waste transfer jetty contract wonSubscription

    News30 January, 2009

    The contract to design a 270m long waste transfer jetty for the Belvedere energy-from-waste plant in East London has been won by Mott MacDonald. Construction company Costain, which was sub-contracted to build the facility by VonRollInova last year, has appointed Mott MacDonald to carry out marine works.The plan is that containerised waste will be brought to the site at Halfway Reach on the Thames on 60ft barges. Once empty the barges will be refilled with ...

  • Straight acquires Harcostar Garden ProductsSubscription

    News29 January, 2009

    Container supplier Straight has announced the acquisition of all the assets and trade of Harcostar Garden Products from plastic container company Harcostar Drums for £400,000. Harcostar Garden Products provides water butts, compost bins, watering cans and accessories to the trade sector in the UK and Europe.Last year, Harcostar Garden Products reported turnover of £1.04m with gross profit of £0.38m.Straight believes that the acquisition ...

  • PDM commits £110m to develop new renewable energy facilities Subscription

    News29 January, 2009

    Food recycling service firm PDM Group has committed £110 million to develop new renewable energy facilities and processes in the UK to tackle retail food waste over the next three years.The British-based company has also announced that it will be working with Sainsburys, from February, to roll out a nationwide food waste recycling service which will divert waste from landfill into renewable heat and electricity (

  • M&S and Oxfam recycling scheme raises £1.8mSubscription

    News29 January, 2009

    Oxfam and Marks & Spencers scheme to recycle clothes has raised more than £1.8 million in its first year and saved nearly three million garments from going to landfill.The retailer and charity launched the M&S and Oxfam Clothes Exchange project last year to incentivise people to donate their unwanted M&S clothing to Oxfam stores. Consumers bring their clothing to Oxfam shops and receive a £5 M&S voucher redeemable against a £35 spend on clothing, home or ...

  • Covanta plans to build £400m energy-from-waste plant in WalesSubscription

    News29 January, 2009

    American waste firm Covanta Energy is planning to build a £400 million energy-from-waste plant in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.Covanta said that if the plant is given the go-ahead 500 construction jobs and 100 full time jobs will be created.The EfW plant could supply electricity for 180,000 homes and take in municipal, commercial and industrial waste. Covanta hopes to apply for planning permission by the ...

  • WRAP:Recycling continues to be the best option for UK waste managementSubscription

    News29 January, 2009

    Recycling tackles global warming and does not add to it, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme.WRAP said that recycling continues to be the best option for UK waste management. WRAPs comments come in response to remarks made by Government recycling adviser Peter Jones to the BBC (27 January) in which he called to review how recycling is affecting global warming (see ...

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