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Issue : 6 November 2009

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  • Brussels resists waste tax exemptions across EuropeSubscription

    News3 November, 2009

    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 ...

  • UK's ageing population set to change waste compositionSubscription

    News3 November, 2009

    Waste materials that local authorities receive from householders are set to change as the UKs population profile changes in the future, according to an industry expert. Environmental consultancy Resource Futures research and technical director Dr Julian Parfitt told MRW: The importance ...

  • Recycling industry expresses surprise at glass recovery figuresSubscription

    News3 November, 2009

    The recycling industry has expressed surprise at strong packaging recovery figures, especially for glass, for quarter three of 2009 and claims that the UK is on track to meet its targets. Advisory Committee on Packaging chairman John Turner told MRW: The ACP considered interim quarter three reprocessing and export figures provided by the Environment Agency. These figures showed a strong recycling performance across all materials. The figures for ...

  • SEPA report on health effects of incinerators is inconclusiveSubscription

    News2 November, 2009

    The impact of thermal waste treatment facilities on public health has proven to be inconclusive in a new report by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.Incineration of waste and reported human health effects stresses that older studies on older plants are uncertain about the risks associated with ...

  • Pawnbrokers cashes in on the gold rush Subscription

    News2 November, 2009

    A pawnbroking firm has opened 60 gold bars since May due to the surge in the amount of people recycling their gold. H&T Pawnbrokers, which has 122 pawn shops across the UK, has launched stalls inside shopping centres known as retail merchandising units, easily allowing customers to recycle their gold for money. It is hoped additional bars will be opened up soon, with the possibility of expanding ...

  • T-Mobile pair up with Valpak to encourage recycling on the moveSubscription

    News2 November, 2009

    Mobile phone giant T-Mobile has teamed up with packaging compliance scheme Valpak to launch a mobile recycling application which allows users to locate their nearest recycling points through their mobile phone. The Recycle Guide application will also let users know where they can recycle ...

  • Battery schemes power upSubscription

    News2 November, 2009

    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 ...

  • Waste development planning applications decreaseSubscription

    News2 November, 2009

    Planning applications for waste developments have declined from the previous year, according to new statistics from the Department for Communities and Local Government. The new report is entitled Development ...

  • AWS begins demolition at its Hemswell siteSubscription

    News2 November, 2009

    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 ...

  • Brighton refuse strikes to be more "devastating" than LeedsSubscription

    News2 November, 2009

    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 ...