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The news that matters

Looking back, we are proud of our news coverage in 2012, especially when our reporters led the way on key issues such as the cash ban for scrap metal, changes to landfill tax, and the Eric Pickles bin fund. Continuing that trend is one of our main objectives for this year and it was our own research which produced the worrying report on page four about fires in recycling centres.

We have also produced an interactive map of the 2012 incidents.

Our reporters logged 59 in all but experts say this may well be a conservative figure. Putting aside reputational issues in the community when a centre goes up in flames, the additional insurance costs imposed on our industry are a major cause of concern as well as warnings that the sector could even become uninsurable. We must do better.

2012 ended with excellent news for three individuals in the New Year Honours. There were OBEs for waste and recycling roles for Steven Jackson, founder and chief executive of recycling social enterprise Recycling Lives; Sue Riddlestone, chief executive of the Bioregional sustainability social enterprise and Clare Whelan, a Conservative councillor in Lambeth in London.

Our congratulations to them all.

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