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News round-up 13/9

Your daily round-up of key stories affecting the resources management industry

No waste handling contract for imminent recycling scheme

Barnet council is due to start collecting recycling materials from thousands of homes in four weeks, but it has yet to sign a contract with a waste management company, according to local press. It hopes for a last-minute agreement with North London Waste Authority.

Carrier bag charge put before Scottish Parliament

A minimum charge of 5p per carrier bag will be introduced in Scotland to reduce carrier bag use, environment secretary Richard Lochhead has revealed. Draft regulations have been put before the Scottish Parliament which will see retailers begin to charge from 20 October 2014.

Compostable fruit packaging product gains certification

A soft produce tray for fruit, vegetables and fungi has become the first compostable packaging made from recycled materials to be certified in the UK. Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL) helped Robert Cullen Ltd gain official certification at RWM Exhibition 2013 (picture above).

Control for Birmingham biomass emissions

Birmingham City Council is seeking to introduce a requirement for all biomass units installed by the city council to be supported by a fully completed Biomass Information Submission Form. Current law means biomass installations under 20MW do not require an environmental permit.

RDF faces further court action

Environment Agency inspectors found that Refuse Derived Fuel Ltd had failed to remove piles of rubbish from its site in the West Midlands. The company faces court action as a result. The pile of rubbish stood at 42ft at its peak. 200 tonnes were cleared in October.

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