MRW revealed that Defra and the EA had expected 200 facilities to qualify for the new MRF sampling regime in England, more than twice the number that actually registered for the scheme’s launch in July.
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Buyers from as far away as China were looking to dismantle and remove paper recycling lines from the former Aylesford Newsprint plant in Maidstone, Kent.
MRW revealed that a leaked draft directive suggested the Commission was set to include mandatory separate food collections in its upcoming CE package. It also suggested that IBA could count towards member states’ recycling figures.
RDF companies said the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s (NIEA) quality restrictions on RDF exports had “no legal basis”. The RDF Industry Group warned that NIEA policy was increasing waste management costs.
Energy secretary Amber Rudd admitted that the UK was set to miss its 15% renewable energy target for 2020 and the Government needed to change policy on renewable heat.
Labour’s shadow resources minister Alex Cunningham was still “getting to grips” with his new brief, his parliamentary office said. But after being contacted by MRW, Cunningham’s office said he would be better prepared to talk about Labour’s waste policy in the new year.
The EA proposed reduced combustible waste pile limits in a shake-up of fire safety regulations. A consultation set out new separation distances and pile sizes for a range of materials, despite the fact that fire tests were continuing well into the next year.
The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (Larac) warned that the UK could fail to hit its 50% household waste recycling target, after chancellor George Osborne unveiled another round of cuts to Defra and the Department for Communities & Local Government.
“The government’s apparent preferred options of nuclear and gas, and an old-fashioned grid, are not cheap and will not be subsidy-free for decades”
Juliet Davenport, chief executive of renewable firm Good Energy