The new owner of Closed Loop Recycling said it was losing at least £300,000 a month. Later in the year it closed with the loss of 110 jobs.
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Two-thirds of local authorities said they expected MRF gate fees to rise because of the price of recovered materials and the quality of input material.
Scottish environment minister Richard Lochhead said Scotland was being held back by a “reluctant” Whitehall on green issues and the CE. He told MRW that Scotland would soon set out its own proposals.
Waste sector businesses cautioned the Government not to sweep aside regulations that prevent environmental crime and protect the public, after it announced the Cutting Red Tape programme.
The EA said it would take action to boost the number of MRFs registered under a new reporting regime, while Defra conceded that fewer than expected were taking part.
Nordic Recycling entered into liquidation, stopping operations at its 100,000 tonnes a year Port of Tilbury MRF and curtailing a seven- year contract with Thurrock Council due to end in April 2017. Parent company Suez UK blamed poor trading conditions.
The £300m Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 power station entered full commercial operation. Operator Multifuel Energy is a 50:50 joint venture project between electricity generator SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies.
The EA said a requirement for fire prevention plans for sites that store combustible wastes would be implemented in the autumn.
“We want good regulations; it’s not a matter of less regulation”
Gev Eduljee, Suez UK director of external affairs, on Government plans to cut red tape and prevent environmental crime