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News round-up 7/5

NY recycling czar; RDF consultation; WR Fibres UK appointment.

NY recycling czar to head $100m fund

New York City’s first-ever recycling czar is leaving his post to run a $100m (£59m) recycling fund bankrolled by some of the world’s biggest companies, such as Walmart, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Keurig Green Mountain Coffee and Goldman Sachs.

Ron Gonen, the city’s deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling, and sustainability will serve as co-founder and chief executive of the Closed Loop Fund, which will provide zero-interest loans to municipalities that invest in recycling infrastructure.

The fund will also invest in private companies focused on waste reduction and recycling.

RDF consultation closing

Defra’s call for evidence on the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) market in England is in its final week. The department set a 9 May deadline for evidence from those working in, or with, the energy from waste industry on:

  • How this fuel is made and who uses it;
  • Domestic use of refuse derived fuel;
  • Challenges from exporting such fuel;
  • Whether government action is needed to improve the market.

Defra says the Government is keen to ensure that RDF produced for both the domestic market and for export is limited to material which cannot be effectively recycled, and the combination of fuel and technology is sufficient to deliver clear environmental benefits.

Former Eco Plastics head joins WR Fibres UK

Andrew Swainston, the former head of purchasing at ECO Plastics, has been appointed commercial director at WR Fibers UK, the sister company of recovered paper exporter Cycle Link UK and part of the Chinese packaging company Shangying Group.

WR Fibers is an exporter of plastics and metals to China and the Far East.

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