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Review of 2015 - June

Eighty businesses called on the prime minister to take decisive action on climate change and promote a low-carbon economy in an open letter in the Financial Times.

2015 06 27 mrw

2015 06 27 mrw

The Welsh Government spared councils £1.8m of fines after they failed to hit its 52% recycling target by 2014.

Speaking at the opening of the annual conference of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and the Environmental Services Association (ESA), resource minister Rory Stewart praised the work of the UK’s waste management sector and said it was a “global leader”.

The Government confirmed the sale of part of its stake in the GIB, with the chancellor saying he was “exploring options for moving the bank into the private sector”. The GIB reported it had reached profitability two and a half years after being established.

WRAP said it would prioritise working in organics, textiles and WEEE as part of its plan for the next five years. Chief executive Liz Goodwin was awarded an OBE. Food waste recycler ReFood expressed concern that subsidies for AD plants, coupled with an insufficient collection regime, were crippling the sector.

Former Shanks director Peter Sharpe was appointed managing director of LondonWaste, replacing David Sargent, who had been in the position for 15 years.

The Commission warned five recycling firms that they were suspected of involvement in a purchasing cartel for scrap lead-acid batteries in breach of EU antitrust rules.

A new European association for lighting sector WEEE compliance schemes was established. Brussels- based association EucoLight said it would give the industry a voice in Europe and would work to enhance the regulatory framework for lighting waste.

”It’s a real shame many local authorities don’t have a clue about the true carbon footprint in their areas”

David Robson, Insta Group managing director




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