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News round-up 30/10

Potočnik to launch review; zero waste warning; MRF safety training; waste fuel fire risk

EC commissioner makes circular economy his ‘central theme’

European environment commissioner for the environment Janez Potočnik has said he will review European Commission (EC) waste policies next year to help create a “systemic sustainable circular economy”.

He told delegates at the 3rd International Economic Forum in Baden Baden: “The relationship of good waste management to the circular economy will be my central theme for next year. Because waste is just one stage in the life cycle of our products, I will be including my waste proposals in a much wider package on resource efficiency and the circular economy.”

Zero waste to landfill a ‘bogus’ concept

The Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWAI) has warned that organisations using the term ‘zero waste’ to promote incineration “need to be flushed out”.

ZWAI says the concept of zero waste to landfill has been introduced to support waste incineration schemes, yet argues that communities from San Francisco to the state of South Australia have achieved a recycling rate of 80% with no reliance on incineration.

MRF health and safety training

A health and safety training programme that focuses on MRFs has been launched. Recruitment specialist Barker Ross has formed a MRF-specific health and safety e-training programme to prepare candidates for an industry where workers face many hazards.

Orpington waste site to return to High Court

The Environment Agency is returning to the High Court to apply for a full court order to clear the Waste4Fuel site in Orpington, Kent, of combustible material.

The hearing, which will take place in London on 30 October, will examine the promises made by Waste4Fuel Limited and its company director during a previous hearing to take emergency steps to reduce fire risk on the site.


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