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Issue : 30 October 2009

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  • Local authority waste and recycling employees take more sick days than private sectorSubscription

    News30 October, 2009

    Local authority waste and recycling employees take almost double the amount of sick days compared to those in the private sector. A report published by the Health and Safety Executive has found that the average number of days absence by workers at local authorities was 12.8 per person per year and 13.2 days for those recorded as ...

  • Mouchel to support innovative waste and recycling fundingSubscription

    News30 October, 2009

    Consulting and business services group Mouchel has been awarded a business support services contract by the London Waste and Recycling Board.Under the contract Mouchel will provide business support to applicants seeking funding from the LWaRB for innovative waste and resource efficiency projects in the capital.Mouchel will support the Board, chaired by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, to deliver value for ...

  • JCB announces £39M profitSubscription

    News29 October, 2009

    JCB has announced pre-tax profits of £39 million last year and a turnover of £2 billion in very difficult market conditions. As a result, the firm remains the worlds third largest construction equipment brand, as it has secured 10.8 per cent of global market share with total sales of 57,000 machines.Profits of £187 million and turnover of £2.25 billion were reported ...

  • REY funding triples tyre recycler processing rateSubscription

    News29 October, 2009

    Funding from Resource Efficiency Yorkshire has enabled a tyre-recycler to triple its processing speed. Recyclers Swiers and Grainger received £25,000 from REY to help purchase new equipment including a pre-shredder. The firm will now be capable of treating an extra 6,284 tonnes over the next three years.Swiers and Grainger director Rowena Grainger believes the production ...

  • House of Lords recycles e-wasteSubscription

    News29 October, 2009

    The House of Lords donates its old IT equipment and other electronic equipment to charity. Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith asked the House of Lords Chairman of Committees what arrangements had been made for the re-use or recycling of computer and electrical equipment no longer ...

  • Essex Waste Partnership gets £100m PFI credit boostSubscription

    News29 October, 2009

    The Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council waste disposal partnership has been awarded more than £100 million in private finance initiative credits. The funding will help the Essex Waste Partnership to divert 185,000 tonnes of municipal waste from landfill per year by 2020. ...

  • WRAP gives separate food waste collections the thumbs up!Subscription

    News29 October, 2009

    Councils that offer separate weekly food waste collections with fortnightly refuse collections achieve higher capture rates than authorities that do not offer that scheme, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme. Speaking at the MRW Food Waste Conference in London (27 October) WRAP local ...

  • Mobile asphalt recycler trialled in DorsetSubscription

    News29 October, 2009

    A vehicle that both recycles and re-lays old asphalt for footpath resurfacing is being trialled by Dorset County Council. Manufactured by RSL, the VEB Hot Asphalt Recycler is on loan from Cornwall Council as North Dorset trials it on two footpaths in the area. The process works by skimming off existing layers of asphalt from the footpath and loading them into the machines hopper. Once ...

  • Benn launches new waste campaignSubscription

    News29 October, 2009

    UK consumers are being urged to rethink their approach to waste, in a new campaign launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (29 November). The £800,000 campaign looks at everything from food waste to furniture ...

  • NEW MRW CAMPAIGNSubscription

    News28 October, 2009

    The commingled versus source separated ...

  • 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 www.mrw.co.uk 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 ...

  • Recession shopping habits may change household bin waste, says industry expertSubscription

    News26 October, 2009

    The UK could see a significant change in its household bin composition as shoppers become more careful about spending money after the recession, according to an industry expert. A new survey by grocery analysts IGD stated that regardless ...

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    Why we want Recycling UnitedSubscription

    Features24 October, 2009

    The commingled versus source separated debate has been going on for a few years and doesn’t seem to have got anywhere. MRW wants to unite the industry with a compromise solution. Paul Sanderson explains why MRW has taken this view

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