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Issue : 7 August 2009

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  • WRAP launches £2.3m grants scheme to support recycling firms in the West MidlandsSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme is offering grants worth a total of £2.3 million to recycling companies based in the West Midlands involved in diverting commercial food waste and mixed plastics away from landfill. Firms of any size can compete for a grant available through the large ...

  • Viridor acquires plastic bottle reprocessorSubscription

    News4 August, 2009

    Viridor has bought plastics reprocessing company Intercontinental Recycling for a cash consideration of £8.1 million. The acquired firm, based in Lancashire, processes high density HDPE and PET plastic bottles at its facility. The plant has a capacity to treat 40,000 tonnes of recovered plastics each year. Viridor chief executive Colin Drummond said: The UKs waste strategies demand ever-increasing levels of recycling and plastics are an important ...

  • Tesco diverts 100% of its waste from landfillSubscription

    News4 August, 2009

    The UKs biggest supermarket chain is diverting 100 per cent of its waste from landfill a year ahead of its own 2010 target. But it has published misleading figures giving the impression that it has met industry targets to halve the use of plastic bags. Tesco executive director Lucy Neville-Rolfe ...

  • Rogue tyre collectors target EssexSubscription

    News4 August, 2009

    The Tyre Recovery Association is urging tyre retailers to be vigilant when disposing of waste tyres after rogue tyre collectors hit the Essex area.First reported in South and South-East London, according to the TRA, illegal traders have been masquerading as established tyre reprocessors by using forged collection notes. The TRA learned that Surrey-based member, Willow Tyres was targeted earlier this ...

  • Recolight and ERP team up to offer combined battery and lamp collectionsSubscription

    News7 August, 2009

    Waste electrical and electronic equipment producer compliance schemes Recolight and European Recycling Platform have partnered up to offer combined battery and lamp recycling collections. ERP and ...

  • Public report over 2,000 sightings of motorists litteringSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    Since launching a car litter awareness campaign, Keep Britain Tidy has received over 2,000 sightings. Launched on 9 July (see MRW story), the public reported 2,400 litter louts on the charitys website with the highest sightings reaching 452 in the South East.According to the results, Ford drivers are the worst ...

  • Pennon boosts waste businessSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    Water utility and waste management firm Pennon Group will put £125 million raised from investors through a convertible bond [type of debt instrument] issue to be used for its subsidiary Viridor Waste Management. Pennon finance director David Dupont told the Financial Times (31 July) ...

  • MRW's non-ferrous guide prices Subscription

    News3 August, 2009

    There was a printing error on the Non-ferrous guide prices page of the 31 July issue of MRW. Please click here to for access to the corrected version of the page.

  • Lib Dems: Supermarkets, restaurants and homes waste as much food as shoppers buySubscription

    News7 August, 2009

    As much food is thrown away from supermarkets, restaurants and homes as is bought by shoppers, according to new research by the Liberal Democrats. Government estimates, revealed in a Parliamentary answer, show that 18-20 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year, 6.7 million of which ...

  • Lib Dems publish waste proposalsSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    The Liberal Democrats has published its environmental paper Our natural heritage: Policies on the natural environment  (31 July), which includes proposals to set up an independent committee to recommend binding targets ...

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