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News round-up 2/12

Scottish recycling warning; Swindon EfW; agribusiness waste; Burnley waste site fire

Scottish businesses ‘not ready’ for recycling law change

A survey by has found ‘up to 99%’ of companies in Scotland are unprepared for new refuse recycling regulations that come into force on 1 January 2014, and could face substantial fines as a result.

The waste management company contacted retail, public service and industrial businesses from across Scotland in the run-up to the deadline.

Only a ‘handful’ of companies said they had given the new rules any consideration, and even fewer have acted to change their recycling and waste management regime.

Press release

Swindon EfW project gets £1.9m

An energy-from-waste demonstration project has been awarded £1.9m from Ofgem’s Gas Network Innovation Competition.

The Swindon-based project – managed by National Grid, Advanced Plasma Power and Progressive Energy - will use waste as a feedstock to produce low carbon methane, or bio-substitute natural gas (Bio-SNG).

The plant will take household waste which would otherwise be incinerated or go to landfill, and turn it into gas suitable for injection it into the gas network.

Press release

Veolia expects rapid growth in agribusiness waste

Veolia Environnement expects revenue from food and agricultural firms to grow by over 50% to €1bn in a few years from €650m in 2012 as regulation and cost-cutting drive them to recycle.

Burnley waste site fire

Staff were evacuated from a recycling centre after a fire outside got out of control.

Thick black smoke filled the air above SUK Waste Management in Burnley, and could be seen for several miles after plastic ignited on 30 November.

Police evacuated the Pump Street business and helped a man who tried to put the fire out himself. Paramedics treated him at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Two fire crews were called as the fire quickly took hold. It damaged a quantity of recycling and a section of guttering.

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