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News round-up 16/9

Barry Dennis appointed Uroc chairman

Skip hire trade body Uroc has announced that former Environmental Services Association director general Barry Dennis has “come back to his roots” and been appointed chairman.

Dennis spent his formative years in the family skip hire business.

Uroc said: “With over half a century in the trade Barry will bring a wealth of experience to Uroc and will be an asset to Members helping to focus on the issues and challenges facing the sector.”

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Liz Goodwin speaks to EU ministers

WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin has made a case for a “resource revolution” to a gathering of top EU officials and MEPs.

Speaking at a debate with luminaries including Daniel Calleja Crespo, director general DG ENV, she said: “World leaders are increasingly calling for action with Pope Francis just this summer talking of the need for changes in lifestyle, methods of production and consumption to combat global warming.

“And then in turn, President Obama acknowledging the need for the United States to ‘encourage responsible stewardship of our natural resources’.

“These comments follow a commitment from G7 leaders to establish an alliance to protect natural resources as part of sustainable development.”

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Over 66 billion PET bottles recycled in Europe in 2014

A Petcore Europe report on European collection and recycling of post-consumer PET has revealed the equivalent of 66 billion 1.5L PET bottles were collected and recycled in 2014, representing 57% of bottles and containers placed in the market.

The company said PET collection and recycling “continues to increase and to be a success story over the last 25 years”.

The results will be presented during the Petcore Europe Conference in Brussels on 24 November.

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William Tracey Group in RDF export deal

The William Tracey Group has announced a 30,000 tonne per annum tri-party refuse-derived fuel (RDF) off-take contract with fuel exporter Totus Environmental and the Swedish electricity and heat provider Mälarenergi.

The long-term deal developed by Totus will see them fully manage the high-grade RDF produced at The William Tracey Group’s Linwood site.

Robin Stevenson, managing director non-hazardous division, William Tracey Group, said: “This agreement with Totus and Mälarenergi provides a secure, cost effective and sustainable means of generating renewable energy from the RDF we produce from residual waste once it has been recycled. The deal will complement our other UK and export contracts ensuring that we have balanced and consistent off-take.”

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Defra to amend waste incineration guidance

Defra has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the environmental permitting guidance on waste incineration.

The change affects small, basic appliances such as Small Waste Oil Burners - which will be subject to the requirements of the Industrial Emissions Directive from April 2016.

The department said: “We are not consulting on whether or not to make the proposed changes, but on whether the changes are clear.”

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