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Review of 2015 – August

Thurrock Council said it would withhold £120,000 from Nordic and called in a bond valued at £119,000. The council said Nordic breached its contract when it was put into liquidation and that it would seek payment for losses incurred.

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Following the news, waste management companies urged councils to accept more of the risk in their contracts because of the continuing distressed market for secondary raw materials.

The Welsh Environmental Services Association welcomed figures showing that 20 out of 22 councils in the country met new recycling targets for Q1 2015.

The number of councils adding cartons as part of their kerbside services dropped dramatically, according to the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment.

The protocol for aluminium packaging recovered from incinerator bottom ash (IBA) was revised to provide a more accurate reflection of the proportion of metal that was being recovered and recycled. It followed concerns from recycling body Alupro that the existing PRN system was undermining recycling data.

The Government said biomethane and small commercial biomass tariffs under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme were to be reduced on 1 October.

Staffordshire plastic recycler What-a-Waste was bought out of administration by former directors. Quantuma was appointed as administrator on 18 August and announced that What-a-Waste staff would be transferred to the new recycling company Plasticity (Worldwide).

“Any movement in material prices is particularly linked to what is going on in the global economy, so it is right that we should seek to share the risk”

Steve Oulds, Biffa national commercial MRF manager on shared revenue deals


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