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Issue : 5 June 2009

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  • PR Masterclass 6Subscription

    News1 June, 2009

    Over the last six months this column has looked at some of the tools and techniques that go into many successful PR campaigns. In my final masterclass of this series Id like mention a factor often overlooked but none-the-less vital in achieving PR success: the development of a strong collaborative working relationship with your chosen adviser/consultancy. As basic as it sounds, its surprising just how many businesses fail to grasp the importance of investing time and energy ...

  • Scotland's recycling rates increaseSubscription

    News1 June, 2009

    Scotlands recycling and composting rate has risen to 33.5 per cent for the year January to December 2008, according to new figures published by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.The provisional figures show that Scotland has exceeded its recycling target of 30 per cent for 2008. The next target is 40 per cent by the end of 2010.Data submitted to the Scottish Governments WasteDataFlow shows that the recycling and composting rate for ...

  • Liberal Democrats visit Viridor's recycling facilitySubscription

    News1 June, 2009

    Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg has visited recycling facilities in Taunton, Somerset, owned by waste management firm Viridor.Clegg and Lib Dem MP for Taunton Jeremy Browne paid a visit to the recycling centre at Priorswood Crown Industrial Estate to take a tour of the facility (28 May).It comes after MRW recently reported that the main political parties put waste and recycling issues, after ...

  • Energy-from-waste set to attract investmentSubscription

    News1 June, 2009

    Energy-from-waste will make an important contribution to the UKs renewable energy programme and is expected to generate substantial investment in the next five years, according to new research.The UK is obliged to meet targets set out by theEuropean Union Renewable Energy Directive enacted in December 2008. Under the directive one third of EU electricity must come from renewables ...

  • Corus secures loan lifelineSubscription

    News1 June, 2009

    Steelmaker Corus has secured a deal with its banks that will see the firms lending agreements relaxed.A banking syndicate led by seven banks including Citigroup, Standard Chartered and Royal Bank of Scotland has agreed to reset the banking covenants (relaxing terms and conditions of loans) on £3.7 billion of debt used by Indias Tata Steel in its £6.2 billion takeover of Corus in 2007.Some media reports ...

  • 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 ...

  • Cash-strapped councils offered financial package to install Vantage Waste ProcessorSubscription

    News2 June, 2009

    Waste-to-energy solutions firm Reclaim Resources has introduced a new financial package aimed at UK councils to allow them to install its technology the Vantage Waste Processor.Cash-strapped councils will not have to raise funds for the project as Reclaim Resources will do it.The VWP takes household waste and transforms it into biomass ready for conversion into a range of resources, including electricity and bio-ethanol. The VWP reduces raw, ...

  • 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 www.boots.com/recycle. The Advantage ...

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