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Review of 2015 - February

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) launched a fund to support small-scale recycling and waste projects in the UK.

2015 02 21 mrw

2015 02 21 mrw

The planning application for Veolia’s EfW plant in Hertfordshire returned to Pickles after a legal appeal by the company.

AEB Amsterdam, one of the largest Dutch EfW firms, told MRW that a tax on residual waste in the Netherlands could increase the country’s import of refuse-derived fuel (RDF). A levy of e13 (£10) per tonne came into force in January, but it applied only to waste generated in the country.

Some specialist recyclers of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) urged the EA to do more to enforce regulations mandating that fridges be recycled in dedicated plants, after complaining about ‘illegal’ operators.

Claims that the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) deliberately delayed a planning decision on the King’s Lynn EfW plant were denied in Whitehall. Norfolk County Council had to pay £33.7m in compensation after pulling out of the deal.

Recycling rates in England hit a new quarterly high, driven by a surge in organics waste collections.

Councils in Kent expressed concern with the state of the recycling sector following the shock closure of Aylesford Newsprint’s paper mill with 233 job losses.

A decision by the Scottish Government not to establish the loss on ignition (LoI) test for the lower landfill tax rate until next year was greeted with disappointment, amid fears of ‘waste tourism’, but a temporary scheme was introduced in April.

“It is having a massive impact on legitimate businesses because there is not enough volume to keep us at capacity”

Sean Feeney, chief executive of Environcom, on fridges being dismantled in yards which do not follow EA guidance



“It is clear that a political agenda was being followed in delaying the planning inspector’s report, and council taxpayers in Norfolk have been left with a huge bill as a result”

Toby Coke, chair of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee

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