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Claire Churchard


  • Biodegradeable packaging to be developed with nanotechnologySubscription

    29 August, 2009Updated: 26 April, 2010

    A pan-European project to develop biodegradable materials using nanotechnology has secured Euro6.5 million (£5.2million) from the European Commission.The SustainComp project aims to replace non-biodegradable materials, which may be burned or sent to landfill at the end of use, with newly created biodegradable ones.Project coordinator Mikael Ankerfors said: We will make products that can be used in many ways, including packaging.He said the project would try

  • Paper recycler Aylesford secures decade-long contract renewalSubscription

    15 April, 2009Updated: 26 April, 2010

    Aylesford Newsprint has secured a decade-long contract renewal to recycle paper collected by its local council. The companys 60 acre paper making site in Aylesford is within Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council boundaries and Aylesford has been working with the council for more than 15 years. The recycler said the councils decision to extend the contract for such a significant length of time highlights the strength of their relationship and represents a commitment

  • Prison demolition closes in on zero waste targetSubscription

    15 April, 2009Updated: 26 April, 2010

    A Scottish prison demolition project, managed by contractor Carillion, has beaten its own recycling target of 98 per cent by hitting 99.5 per cent. Less than half a per cent of waste from the site was sent to landfill meaning the project was very close to achieving Scotlands zero waste aspirations.Carillion demolished Low Moss prison at Bishopbriggs, Glasgow to make way for a new prison planned by the Scottish Prison Service.When the project was put ou

  • Recyclers voice caution over "signs" of market recoverySubscription

    15 April, 2009Updated: 26 April, 2010

    Predictions from Credit Suisse analysts that March commodity price increases signal a market recovery have been met with caution by some in the metals industry. Analysts suggest that the commodities market has already reached its low and could now be recovering. Credit Suisse referenced indicators showing strong market performances in March by metals such as copper.The asset management company said copper showed the strongest market performance in Marc

  • "Exceptional" judgement made in "unlawful" glass recycling plant caseSubscription

    14 April, 2009Updated: 26 April, 2010

    All work must stop and buildings must be removed at the unlawful Quinn Glass plant at Elton, near Chester, a High Court judge has ruled. The decision that Chester City Council must take enforcement action against the plant, which does not have planning permission, has pleased case claimants and rivals Ardagh Glass.Ardagh brought a court case in February to force the council to take action because, it said, it constituted unfair competition. In his judg

  • Minister highlights importance of metals recyclingSubscription

    14 April, 2009Updated: 26 April, 2010

    The importance of British metal recyclers has been highlighted by Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Martin Horwood as he visited UK scrap yards. Industry representatives, the British Metals Recycling Associations director general Ian Hetherington gave the MP a guided tour of yards in the Midlands.Horwood said: This industry needs to be better understood. It clearly has a huge role to play in our ability to hit recycling and su

  • Packaging recovery figures show "good progress" in 2008Subscription

    14 April, 2009Updated: 26 April, 2010

    The UK has beaten EU targets for waste packaging recovery for 2008 in the best year yet according to the latest Government figures. Data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency showed that last year the UK recycled almost two-thirds of all packaging produced in 2008. The National Packaging Waste Database found that businesses helped recover more than seven million tonnes of packaging waste. And about 6.6 million tonne

  • WRAP £1.5m grant secures £6m in-vessel composting projectSubscription

    14 April, 2009Updated: 26 April, 2010

    A grant of £1.5million has helped secure the development of a £6m in-vessel composting plant set to be the biggest in Ireland. The Waste & Resources Action Programme provided the grant for Natural World Products 60,000 tonne a year organics facility, which will be built near West Belfast.NWP director Caolan Woods said: We were facing a shortfall in funding and receiving the WRAP grant has secured the development of the project with construction on the site located

  • Recovered tyre certification scheme contract wonSubscription

    8 April, 2009Updated: 26 April, 2010

    A contract to develop and run a recovered tyre and rubber quality certification scheme will be managed by research consultants TRL. The contract to make used tyres and rubber more attractive to producers and consumers was awarded to TRL by the Waste & Resources Action Programme.Under the scheme, recovered products currently classed as waste will be reclassified after meeting certain standards. This means that the products that previously needed waste permits will

  • Citroen launches scrappage scheme ahead of Government decisionSubscription

    7 April, 2009Updated: 26 April, 2010

    Ahead of announcements of a possible car scrappage incentive scheme by the Government in the 2009 Budget (22 April), car maker Citroen has launched its own scheme. The manufacturer said it will give up to £2000 to customers scrapping a car registered before 2000. Vehicle recycler Cartakeback is supporting the scheme and for vehicles to qualify for the cash they must be scrapped at a Cartakeback authorised treatment facility.Scrappage incentives

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