Bury increases recycling; consultation on ship recycling; brewers praised over packaging; UK-India WEEE partnership
Bury increases recycling with three-weekly collections
A change to three-weekly bin collections has led to an eight percentage points increase in recycling across Bury, according to council bosses.
Bury Council has praised residents after the controversial changes introduced at the start of October saw recycling increase from 47% to 55%.
Figures for October show that waste from grey non-recyclable bins has reduced by about 600 tonnes, compared with the same month last year.
Defra consults on ship recycling regulations
Defra has launched a consultation on a series of measures to ensure the UK’s compliance with EU regulations on ship recycling. This anticipates the introduction of draft legislation in 2015.
The EU regulations impose an obligation on ship recycling facilities working on ships exceeding 500 gross tonnes and flying the flag of an EU member state to be authorised by the competent authorities in each country.
UK facilities wishing to have access to that market will therefore need to be authorised.
The consultation runs until 20 January 2015. More information is available here.
Brewers praised over packaging
The efforts of the brewing industry to tackle waste and packaging costs have been raised in Parliament.
Andrew Griffiths, Conservative MP for the brewing town of Burton, praised the British Beer and Pub Association’s Sustain initiative.
He asked the resource minister Dan Rogerson to lend his support to the initiative.
Rogerson responded: “The scheme has come from within the industry: it is new and not for profit, has an excellent compliance scheme and is a good example of how the industry can organise itself to recycle more and to bring down the cost of compliance.”
UK firm partners with Indian company for WEEE recycling
UK-based E-Waste Systems (EWSI) has signed an agreement to form a joint venture with India’s Aruls Environmental and Green Ozone (AEGOPL) to develop and expand operations in North America, India and Southeast Asia.
Under the terms of the deal, AEGOPL will provide working capital to develop WEEE projects in the New York area, followed by a subsequent investment to expand EWSI’s operations there. The firms will also establish a regional and/or national WEEE recycling and environmental business in India.