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Issue : 5 June 2009

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  • BPF helps to prevent plastic pollution on beachesSubscription

    News5 June, 2009

    The British Plastics Federation has launched a guidance manual to help reduce the amount of plastic pellets polluting beaches.The manual called Operation Clean Sweep Plastic Pellet Loss Prevention will provide factories and plants with information on how to prevent plastics polluting the environment.Although it is not completely clear how the pellets reach the beaches, pellet loss can occur if they are washed ...

  • Eight potential battery compliance schemes apply to Environment AgencySubscription

    News4 June, 2009

    The Environment Agency has received eight applications from potential battery compliance schemes to collect portable batteries.A deadline for applications ended last month and the EA will issue a decision to approve or reject the applications on 30 September. The eight companies that applied are: Budget Pack, BatteryBack, CCR REBAT, DHL Battery Compliance, eBatt, Econo-Batt, ERP UK and Valpak.A statement on the EA website said: We ...

  • EU greenhouse gas emissions from waste decreaseSubscription

    News4 June, 2009

    European Union greenhouse gas emissions emitted from waste have fallen by more than one third, new figures from the European Environment Agency show.  The EEA published a report on 29 May called Annual European Community Greenhouse Gas inventory 1990-2007.Figures from the EEA show that between 1990 and 2007 waste emissions had fallen from 38.9 per cent. By contrast, emissions from transport in general ...

  • Sita expands recycling serviceSubscription

    News4 June, 2009

    Waste management firm Sita UK has forged a relationship with community recycling firm Orchard in a six month trial to provide door-to-door recycling of bulky waste items in Calderdale.Sitas partnership with its previous community recycling contractor Kerbside Calderdale failed last year.This new trial service, provided by Orchard, will provide homes in the west of the district with the recycling service. It will recycle items such as furniture ...

  • M&S reports on Plan A progressSubscription

    News4 June, 2009

    Retailer Marks & Spencer has released its annual How we do business report, which documents its progress on reducing waste, in its five year sustainability plan, Plan A. M&S is celebrating its 125th anniversary this ...

  • Shanks closes £720m Cumbria waste contractSubscription

    News4 June, 2009

    Waste management firm Shanks has announced the financial closure of its £720 million public private partnership waste contract with Cumbria County Council.The 25-year deal was reached without requiring intervention from the Treasury with a syndicate of three banks Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Barclays and NIBC (4 June).As part of the contract Shanks will develop two 75,000 tonne per annum mechanical biological treatment facilities as well ...

  • Former Environment Minister to stand down as MPSubscription

    News3 June, 2009

    The expenses scandal claimed another head when former Environment Minister Elliot Morley announced last week that he will stand down at the next general election.Morley was Environment Minister from 2003 to 2006 and played a key role in forming the Waste Strategy for England. During his tenure Morley gave power to the Environment Agency to tackle fly-tippers, he brought in the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2004 and ...

  • UK in danger of missing out on green economic revolution, say former Government advisorsSubscription

    News3 June, 2009

    The Government should encourage businesses to investigate the scope for closed-loop production to prevent the UK missing out on green markets, according to former Government advisors.The Aldersgate Group members are drawn from business, trade unions, universities and non-governmental organisations and are former members of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance. The group published a study entitled ...

  • Boots rewards customers for recycling mobile phonesSubscription

    News3 June, 2009

    Retail chain Boots has announced that it has given out 45 million Boots Advantage Card points to its customers through its recycling take-back scheme - Recycling Appeal.The campaign is run in conjunction with recycling firm Redeem and offers customers the chance to recycle old mobile phones and inkjet cartridges with the opportunity to earn up to 5,000 Advantage Card points by visiting The Advantage ...

  • Straight's strong trading performance continuesSubscription

    News2 June, 2009

    Container supplier Straight has announced a strong trading performance for the first half of 2009.Chief executive Jonathan Straight told MRW his firm had weathered a very tough storm and delivered good results. He said: The first half of the year is looking very good. It has been a good year so far. We are trying to communicate some cautious optimism for our traders. We had problems with the retail side of our business last year so we took ...

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