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News round-up 21/10

New research into wood packaging; EA pension fund to go low carbon; Operator compliance in Scotland; New collections for Rochdale

New research into wood packaging

WRAP has commissioned Valpak to conduct research on wood packaging flows, following on from previous projects studying glass, metals, plastic and paper and card packaging.

The wood flow project will provide Defra with robust and independent updated estimates of the amount of wood packaging placed on the market and the amount of wood packaging recycled, recovered or sent to landfill for the period 2014.

These estimates will be central to Defra’s policy development and are used to fulfil EU requirements for reporting recycling performance for the UK. The project will also develop scenarios for projecting POM and recycling figures up to 2020.

WRAP

EA pension fund to go low carbon

The £2.9bn UK’s Environment Agency pension fund (EAFP) has become the first in the world to change its investment choices to help meet the internationally-agreed target of limiting global warming to 2C.

The move will include divestment of 90% of its coal assets and 50% of its oil and gas stocks by 2020.

The EAPF will also invest 15% of the fund in low-carbon energy, energy efficiency and other businesses that help tackle climate change by 2020 and has already moved its £280m of global share investments to a low-carbon index.

The Guardian

Operator compliance in Scotland

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has published its Compliance Assessment Scheme figures for 2014, which show that 88% of operators assessed have achieved a rating of excellent, good or broadly compliant.

The scheme outlines how well permitted operators in Scotland have met the conditions of their licences on an annual basis and helps SEPA to identify problem areas which require greater focus for improvement.

The overall compliance rate has decreased by two percentage points since 2013, which means that SEPA has not met its target of 91% overall compliance in 2014.

Press release

New collections for Rochdale

Rochdale Borough Council has introduced a three-weekly collections of residual waste as well as weekly collections of food waste. 

The council says that because food will be one-third of the waste by weight, weekly collections should help increase the recycling rate from 34.5% to 45% by March 2017.

The new regime, being rolled out in the next four months, is expected to help the council save £1m a year.

Press release

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