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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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

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