Issue : 6 November 2009
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"Greenism" wins legal protectionSubscription
Employees could have more clout to protest about employers who do not provide recycling facilities after a judge ruled that a belief in man-made climate change had the same weight in law as religious and philosophical beliefs.
A recycling trade body is to lobby the government against huge hikes expected in business rates that could be crippling for the sector.
AWS begins demolition at its Hemswell siteSubscription
Demolition has begun on the fire-damaged AWS Eco Plastics site in Hemswell, Lincolnshire. Around half the plastic bottle sorting and storage sites, which were destroyed in August, (see MRW story) have already been pulled down to make way for construction. It is hoped the plant will be up and running to its ...
Battery schemes power upSubscription
Battery compliance schemes BatteryBack and Valpak have picked up a high proportion of the battery producer market, a new survey suggests. Under the Battery Regulations, BCSs will have to collect, treat and recycle batteries on behalf ...
Leeds City Council has continued positive talks with unions over a bin strike that has been affecting street cleaning and refuse collection services. Striking refuse collectors have been embroiled in a row over pay and have been on strike since 7 September (
Brighton and Hove refuse workers will begin strike action in the forthcoming weeks in a row over pay. In an official ballot, conducted by Electoral Reform Services, GMB members employed in Brighton Councils Cityclean department voted by 94 per cent to six per cent to take part in an all out ...
The European Commission has signalled it will not allow European Union governments to give exemptions to companies from waste taxes as a means to pay subsidies - even to help them afford another environmental charge. Its comments came when launching a formal investigation, under its powers as the EU's Government handouts watchdog, into a Danish case. Brussels is unhappy Denmark ...
Dual stream collections – a real alternativeSubscription
For a number of years now, consultant Peter Mansfield has been advocating dual-stream collections. In this article to back MRW’s Recycling United campaign, he explains why now would be a good time for local authorities to introduce them
EA argues for tougher fines for pollutersSubscription
Tougher fines should be imposed on businesses that pollute to help keep the number of serious incidents down, said the Environment Agency.
The Environment Agency is to lead a new international crime group as part of Interpol to help tackle illegal dumping of electrical waste on developing countries. The Interpol Global Crime Group is a worldwide intelligence-led operation which includes environmental crime investigators in the ...