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Issue : 30 October 2009

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  • Food waste landfill ban challenges outlinedSubscription

    News28 October, 2009

    The Government has outlined the challenges it may face if it introduced a landfill ban on food waste. Speaking at the MRW Food Waste Collection and Processing Conference in London (27 October) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs waste and resources director Neil Thornton ...

  • Who won a National Recycling Award?Subscription

    News28 October, 2009

    The winners of the National Recycling Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony at the Park Lane Hilton in London on 27 October.With over 600 people in the room from small businesses, to local authorities, to major waste management companies, materials reprocessors and some of the worlds biggest companies, the awards celebrated everyone with a stake in the recycling and waste management sector.

  • McDonald's turns its food contaminated waste to energySubscription

    News28 October, 2009

    Fast-food chain McDonalds has reduced its carbon emissions in waste management by 48 per cent in London since June and diverted its non-recyclable waste from landfill. The store is working towards a zero waste to landfill strategy and 25 London restaurants are implementing an energy from waste ...

  • Mayor urged to tackle waste issuesSubscription

    News28 October, 2009

    A new report by the London Environment Assembly Environment Committee has identified a number of barriers that are preventing the development of waste to energy technologies such as gasification. The report entitled

  • Scrap traders facing worst market since collapse last yearSubscription

    News27 October, 2009

    Scrap traders are trading in the worst market since it collapsed a year ago.Those in the industry told MRW that since prices began to ease off in September, the ferrous market has carried on dropping due to a lack of construction and a fall in export demand. Over the past month, prices have fallen by around £15-20 across the board and this price cut may continue.A trader agreed the market is at its lowest point since its collapse in ...

  • Studsvik recycling goes nuclearSubscription

    News27 October, 2009

    The latest waste treatment at the Studsvik metals recycling facility in Workington, Cumbria, has recycled a record 98% of a load of low level radioactive waste.Consisting of 12 half height ISO shipping containers, the waste consignment would normally have been sent to the Low Level Waste Repository for nuclear waste near Sellafield, but only a tiny proportion has been sent to this facility.Studsvik metals recycling facility manager Mike McMullen said: This is a ...

  • Potato plant for BiogenSubscription

    News27 October, 2009

    BiogenGreenfinch is to build a new anaerobic digestion plant for Branston one of the UKs largest suppliers and distributors of potatoes.As revealed on on 14 September, Branston planned to build an AD plant to turn potato waste at the companys premises near Lincoln into green electricity and fertiliser and now BiogenGreenfinch has signed the agreement to build the plant.BiogenGreenfinch chairman John Ibbett said: ...

  • Wrexham opens its new recycling facilitySubscription

    News27 October, 2009

    A new recycling facility has been opened in Wrexham as part of Wales first PFI project.The materials recycling facility, transfer station, in-vessel composter and Household Waste Recycling Centre known as Wrexham Recycling Park at Bryn Lane was opened by Welsh Environment Minister Jane Davidson.The PFI deal was signed in 2007 between Wrexham Council and Waste Recycling Group and also involved the refurbishment of HWRCs at Brymbo and Plas Madoc.Wrexham ...

  • 'First ever' chip fat road laid in BedfordshireSubscription

    News26 October, 2009

    Bedfordshire has laid the first ever road surface using waste chip fat in place of conventional bitumen.Befordshire Highways with Central Bedfordshire Council, infrastructure engineering firm Amey and construction firm Aggregate Industries have teamed up to pilot the use of waste fat in resurfacing roads. It is hoped the fat can replace ...

  • Waste industry speaks out about WRAP 'super body' plans - UPDATESubscription

    News26 October, 2009

    The waste industry has given a mixed response to the Governments plans to give the Waste & Resources Action Programme the green light to become a super delivery body. From next April, WRAP will begin leading programmes currently run by the likes of the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme ...