Fead on circular economy package; Michelmores appointment; Basingstoke and Deane commercial waste service; Duo UK closed loop investment; abattoir waste charges rise
Fead urges EU to keep circular economy policies
The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (Fead) has renewed its support for the European Commission’s circular economy package amid concerns the set of policies could be axed this week.
Fead secretary general Nadine De Greef said: “Various studies as well as the impact assessment accompanying the proposal suggest there is a huge potential for creating jobs and growth as well as environmental benefits if the proposal is implemented.
“Fead is aware that some of the technical provisions in the Commission proposal need to be fine-tuned so as to make them practical and feasible. However, based on exchanges we had with MEPs and officials from the member states, we consider that the proposal should be retained, with certain modifications to improve its effectiveness and facilitate an agreement by the majority of member states.”
A decision on the future of the policy package is expected by 17 December.
Ben Hogan joins Michelmores
Law firm Michelmores has added a waste expert to its projects team.
Ben Hogan, an accredited member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, has been appointed partner at the firm.
He has over 13 years’ experience in infrastructure and commercial projects in a broad range of sectors, including waste, health, energy, education and transport.
He has led teams on some high-profile waste projects to close in the UK, such as advising Urbaser in its capacities as operator and risk capital investor in relation to the Essex Waste PFI Project and the Gloucestershire Waste PPP Project.
Veolia to operate Basingstoke and Deane commercial waste service
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has decided to transfer its commercial waste service to Veolia Environmental Services.
Councillor Hayley Eachus, cabinet member for community services and environment, has given the green light to the free transfer of the service because the scheme is operating at a loss.
Veolia will start operating the service from January 2015, with council-approved charges set to remain at the current rate for a further six months.
Duo UK invests in closed loop plastics machine
Manchester-based polythene manufacturer and packaging supplier Duo UK has invested £55,000 in a second closed-loop recycling machine.
It has also launched a new mailing bag range, consisting of almost 100% recycled product, whose feedstock will be supplied in the main by Duo’s own closed loop operations.
NFU concerns over abattoir waste charges
Farmers are worried that that abattoir waste charges have risen by more than 60% in recent weeks.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has called on waste processors that have increased their charges to fully explain the reasons behind this.
NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe said: “The picture is not consistent with the majority of processors clearly managing the volatility within processed commodity markets and to their credit they have not passed these costs back to farmers.
“Waste disposal costs are quite clearly an operating cost to the processors business and are out of the farmer’s control. We are convinced that these costs should be built into the base price quoted to the farmer, in the same way as changes to the hide or fifth quarter values are.”