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Review of 2015 - May

Zero Waste Scotland announced further financial support to MRF operators to help them comply with new quality and testing standards.

2015 05 02 mrw

2015 05 02 mrw

The Welsh Government pressed ahead with plans to require businesses to separate recyclable materials and a ban on incinerating recyclable materials. Viridor warned that collections legislation would add “cost and bureaucracy”.

Closed Loop Recycling was acquired by Dubai-based investment company Euro Capital after entering administration.

Surendra Borad Patawari, chairman of the BIR plastics committee, said there was no direct link between the prices of oil and that of recycled plastic in Europe.

Following the election of a majority Conservative Government, FCC Environment called for more investment in infrastructure and market growth if the UK was to meet its 2020 target of recycling 50% municipal waste. Defra statistics showed just a 0.1% rise in the household recycling rate.

The Government was criticised for neglecting environmental and sustainability issues in the traditional Queen’s Speech.

Penrith and the Borders MP Rory Stewart was named as the new resources minister, replacing Dan Rogerson.

MRW learned that Treasury officials were considering a recognised standard for LoI testing, less than two months after the test was introduced. The environmental testing company ESG had complained that the current LoI test could lead to waste producers paying unfair charges.

A consultation on Europe’s revised CE proposals was launched, with Defra leading on the UK response.

“Waste crime is one of the areas seriously threatening the sector’s potential as a growth industry for the UK economy”

Dan Cooke, director of external affairs at Viridor

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