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News round-up 13/8

Birmingham sticks to 35% target; Jayplas targets UK retail market; Packaging scheme launched; £500 fine for Biffa

Birmingham sticks to 35% target

Birmingham City Council has revised plans to lower its recycling rate target from 35% to 30%.

The council previously announced, in its corporate performance review, its intentions to lower its target for 2015/16 after falling short of its goal by 6% this year.

Cabinet member for sustainability, councillor Lisa Trickett told a council cabinet meeting that the proposed change only appeared in the document due to a technical error.

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson confirmed to MRW that the target would remain at 35%.

Jayplas targets UK retail market

Plastics recycler Jayplas has announced investment in extrusion, print and conversion capacity, to be expanded by 7,500 tonnes in 2016, to increase production for the retail market.

The firm expects this to help UK retailers to recycle finished goods such as bags-for-life to be 100% from their own primary raw material.

Press release

Packaging scheme launched

The UK’s On-Pack Recycling Label has launched its Australian Recycling Label in Melbourne.

The new scheme provides a standardised label that gives instructions as to how to dispose of packaging.

It is aimed at brand owners to provide greater clarity to their Australian consumers.

Press release

£500 fine for Biffa

Biffa has been fined £500 at Belfast Magistrates’ Court for a breach of pollution, prevention and control legislation.

The company admitted breach of a permit condition and was also ordered to pay £303 costs.

The case follows an investigation by officers of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in January into surface water emissions at the Cottonmount landfill site near Belfast.

Northern Ireland Government

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