Large-scale fire tests on waste stacks are to be carried out in the latest efforts to minimise the risk to the industry from crippling blazes and high insurance costs.
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The industry scrutinised the parties’ election manifestos as they geared up for the election. There was concern about the lack of a mention of the CE, recycling or waste management by Labour and the Conservatives, while the Lib Dems and the Greens outlined a number of policies for the sector.
Waste companies warned that they could face a growing skills gap as the industry diversifies, in advance of the start of a new employer-led training programme.
The European Parliament voted for legislation requiring member states to reduce their use of lightweight plastic bags to 90 bags per citizen per year by the end of 2019 and 40 by the end of 2025, or to ensure that no shoppers are given free lightweight plastic bags by the end of 2018.
Karl Falkenberg, director-general for environment at the European Commission, said ensuring high-quality recyclates was more the means to achieve a CE rather than basic quantative targets.
Viridor got final planning permission for a £200m EfW facility in Beddington, Sutton.
Prices for news grades of recovered paper bounced back this month after a hiatus caused by Aylesford’s closure in February.
Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) figures showed a shortfall in the plastic and recovery sectors. The slump in the recovery figure was blamed on a lack of accredited facilities able to issue PRNs following recent changes to regulations.
The Commission said energy recovery should be a last resort for plastic recycling. Incineration fails to recover any of the energy from the processes used to create plastic, said Helmut Maurer of the Commission’s waste and recycling division at the Identiplast conference in Rome.
“There is undoubtedly an increasing need for more employees with a new range of skills”
Environmental Services Association spokesman