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Issue : 6 November 2009

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  • Sepa publishes latest guidance on waste management licensingSubscription

    News6 November, 2009

    Guidance that Scottish officials use to issue waste management licences has been made publically available for the first time.

  • AFOR to lobby against 'crippling' business rate hikesSubscription

    News6 November, 2009

    A recycling trade body is to lobby the government against huge hikes expected in business rates that could be crippling for the sector.

  • EA argues for tougher fines for pollutersSubscription

    News6 November, 2009

    Tougher fines should be imposed on businesses that pollute to help keep the number of serious incidents down, said the Environment Agency.

  • New research to assess meat and fish packagingSubscription

    News6 November, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme is conducting new research that will identify the amount of meat and fish and its associated packaging which ends up as waste in the UK retail supply. WRAP will work in conjunction with environmental consultancy Envirowise to develop detailed resource ...

  • 'First' zero-landfill plant approvedSubscription

    News5 November, 2009

    Peterborough Renewable Energy has been given the green light to build the UKs first zero-landfill plant at Storeys Bar Gate.The Department of Energy and Climate Change granted approval for the construction of the plant today (4 November). It will generate 80 MW annually from mixed waste by combining recycling, food waste digestion, gasification ...

  • Environment Agency to crackdown on e-waste dumpingSubscription

    News5 November, 2009

    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 ...

  • NLWA acquires Sita's share of LondonWaste Subscription

    News5 November, 2009

    The North London Waste Authority is to become the sole owner of joint venture LondonWaste after an agreement to acquire Sita UKs50 per cent share was reached. LondonWaste currently provides a municipal waste disposal service for seven north London boroughs and runs the existing energy from waste facility at Edmonton. Since it was established in 1994, it has been split 50/50 between ...

  • Recycling rates rise in EnglandSubscription

    News5 November, 2009

    The amount of household rubbish recycled by English councils in the last year has increased to 37.6 per cent while waste sent to landfill decreased by 1.2 million tonnes, according to new figures published today. This is up from 34.5 per cent recycling in 2007-08 and shows a continued improvement ...

  • Novelis helps Aberdeenshire aluminium recyclingSubscription

    News5 November, 2009

    Novelis Recycling has provided Aberdeenshire with additional sorting equipment to help deal with its growing volumes of aluminium packaging. Funded by the sale of packaging waste recovery notes, the eddy current separator avoids the need for the council to transport the items from the Stonehaven recycling plant to a facility in Inverurie. In 2008, more than 211 tonnes of used aluminium ...

  • Scottish businesses waste £560M a year on wasteSubscription

    News5 November, 2009

    Scottish businesses could save £560 million per year by increasing their environmental measures.Envirowises 2008 Impact Assessment has calculated the country is losing £47 million annually through missed recycling opportunities.According to separate reports, acting on advice to reduce waste to landfill, save water and energy, refine productivity and find more sustainable ...

  • Morgan Sindall names Hippowaste a preferred partnerSubscription

    News5 November, 2009

    Construction group Morgan Sindall is to work with skip company Hippowaste to reduce waste and improve efficiency and recycling.

  • Tyre standards could boost industry to £23mSubscription

    News5 November, 2009

    Quality Protocol for tyre derived materials is to be brought in early next year that could help grow this market by up to £23m over the next decade.

  • Government calls for resource efficiencySubscription

    News4 November, 2009

    The UK has been living in a bubble of consumption that is about to burst, warned Environment secretary Hilary Benn. Speaking at the Waste & Resources Action Programmes annual conference, themed on Resource Efficiency, he said it was important to convey to people what resource efficiency meant. Its about making and doing things as efficiently as possible and making them in the first place so they dont breakits about having a system in place where if you dont ...

  • Wales to charge up to 15p for plastic bagsSubscription

    News4 November, 2009

    A compulsory charge of up to 15 pence on single-use carrier bags will be introduced in Wales by early 2011, Environment Minister Jane Davidson announced. Retailers will have to manage both the collection of the money and its distribution, having accounted for their own administrative costs. ...

  • Quinn Glass Elton plant approved as lawfulSubscription

    News4 November, 2009

    The Secretary of State has approved Quinn Glass retrospective planning application for its Elton plant.News of the consent, announced on 3 November, finalises the legal battle surrounding the legality of Quinns glass container manufacturing plant. Quinn Glass director Adrian Curry said: This is great news for Quinn Glass. We are delighted that common sense has prevailed in the end and that the Secretary ...

  • Sita submits application for low level hazardous waste at PrestonSubscription

    News4 November, 2009

    Sita UK has submitted an application for disposal authorisation to dump low level and very low level radioactive waste at its Clifton Marsh landfill site.Situated near Preston, the site has been accepting this waste for disposal since 1986 but under new Environment Agency policies, waste site operators wishing to dispose of these wastes will need their own disposal authorisations. Sita UK ...

  • "Greenism" wins legal protectionSubscription

    News4 November, 2009

    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.

  • Serco to handle Bexley's waste for £160MSubscription

    News4 November, 2009

    International service firm Serco Group has signed a possible £160 million contract to deal with all waste in the London Borough of Bexley.Set to start this month, the contract means Serco will cover a whole range of environmental services including refuse and recycling collection for household and commercial waste, and street cleaning. Initially, the contract will span ten-and-a-half years but there is the option ...

  • Greater Manchester holds consultation on waste planSubscription

    News4 November, 2009

    Councils within Greater Manchester are asking for residents and businesses views on the preferred sites for waste facilities and the preferred approach to dealing with future development of sites in the area. The ten councils which form the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities have ...

  • Bin strike talks continue between union leaders and Leeds City CouncilSubscription

    News3 November, 2009

    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 (

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