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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 (

  • 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 ...

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    Dual stream collections – a real alternativeSubscription

    Features31 October, 2009

    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

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