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News round-up 11/2

RHI changes imminent; Materials prices app; London circular economy roadmap; Bacardi recycled labelling

New RHI tariffs imminent

Changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will come into force on 12 February according to an email circulated by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) this week.

Decc will pay 7.5p for the first 40,000 MWh injected into the grid, 4.4p for the next 40,000 MWh, and 3.4p for any subsequent biomethane injected over a period of 12 months from the date of registration

Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association head of policy Matt Hindle said: “[The] announcement offers much needed clarity for developers and investors following the RHI tariff review. 

“While this is a positive example of government working together closely with industry, long-term uncertainty will remain until a new government commits to supporting green gas beyond 2016.”

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Materials prices app launched

A new web app promises to make recycling more financially rewarding for businesses, according to its developers Element Green Recycling.

The Green Alchemist app provides the latest material prices enabling companies to find out how much their sorted recycling is worth on the waste market.

Businesses can input their postcode and the weight of their recyclable materials to find out how much they are worth and either auction this material to waste couriers nearby or receive quotes for it to be collected.

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Eunomia to develop London circular economy roadmap

The Greater London Authority and the London Waste and Recycling Board have asked consultancy Eunomia to develop a roadmap to a circular economy for London.

Eunomia’s chairman Dominic Hogg said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to consider how, over different timescales, a megacity can work to help quicken the pace of the transformation towards a circular economy.

“In the longer-term, waste management infrastructure might be very different to that which we tend to think about today. We are, after all, looking to bear down on the amount of materials that we lose into landfills and energy-from-waste facilities.

“We need a model that retains more of the embodied value in the things which we are inclined, today, to discard.”

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Bacardi bottle with recycled labels

Bacardi rum has announced a new packaging update to its rum bottles.

All the paper labels are to be made from recycled cane fiber, which is a by-product of rum making.

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