LATEST NEWS Thursday 28 May 2015
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EU circular economy consultation launched

The European Commission today (May 28) launched a 12-week public consultation on the main policy options which it says will feed into the development of an “ambitious new approach” on the circular economy. According to the Commission, stakeholders’ views will be put towards the preparation of a revised proposal on the ...


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Welsh Government finance minister Jane Hutt tours the Lamby Way landfill site as part of the uveiling of the landfill tax proposals 28 May 2015

Welsh Government must ‘tread carefully’ on landfill tax


The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has welcomed moves to devolved powers for control of landfill tax to the Welsh Government, but has warned landfill operators may not want ‘major system changes’ in the way the tax is currently ...

Councillor John Wynn Jones with staff from the Council’s waste and recycling team as they recently roll-out the 'Cartgylchu' stackable recycling box in Tywyn 28 May 2015

Gwynedd extends three-weekly collection roll out


Gwynedd council in North West Wales is continuing the roll-out of its three-weekly collection scheme for residual waste, with a new collection timetable coming into effect for parts of the borough from next week (June 1). ...

Obligated businesses paid over £164,000 in enforcement undertakings to avoid legal action over packaging regulation non compliance 27 May 2015

Charities handed £190,000 for packaging non-compliance


Businesses that failed to comply with laws designed to encourage the recycling of waste packaging paid more than £189,000 to charities to avoid legal action from the Environment Agency between September 2014 and April 2015. ...

LondonWaste has unveiled its new fleet 27 May 2015

Equipment news round-up (27/05/2015)


With news on; CK Services bin distribution; Axion data logger; Doppstadt trommel screen safety; Frogsons Waste Management fleet tracking, and; LondonWaste invests in new fleet   CK Services ...

The ACP is keen to clarify when PRNs and PERNs can be issued on packaging waste 27 May 2015

ACP to help define packaging contamination


The Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) is to develop a ‘standardised’ definition of contamination in packaging waste – to be submitted to the Environment Agency for consideration as guidance this summer. A consultation, ...

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‘No direct link’ between oil and plastic scrap prices


Fluctuations in crude oil prices and the value of plastics scrap are not exclusively linked, the chairman of the Bureau of International Recycling’s plastics committee has claimed. Surendra Borad made the comments during his ...

Ben Smart, managing director, Whitham Mills Engineering 26 May 2015

Capital expenditure: ‘getting what you pay for’


Managing director of Whitham Mills Engineering, Ben Smart, explores approaches to capital expenditure in the waste and resources sector. Shaped as we are by the forces of policy makers, there are few absolute long-term certainties...

(L-R) ORG technical director Jeremy Jacobs speaks to BBC Countryfile presenter Tom Heap 26 May 2015

Compost contamination issue highlighted on BBC TV


An organic waste recycling sector body has renewed calls for better communication to tackle garden waste contamination after the problem was highlighted on BBC’s Countryfile TV programme on Sunday evening (May 24). ...

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Export instability puts pressure on textile recyclers


Turbulence in Africa and the Middle East coupled with further strengthening of sterling is putting ‘downward pressure’ on UK export prices for used clothing, the Bureau of International Recycling has been told. Addressing BIR...

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Powerday looks to growth of London powerhouse

London as a capital city powerhouse, in terms of construction of both commercial developments and new housing, continues to lead the way in UK growth. In 2014, estimates put London's construction activity at £28 billion, 23% of ...

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Capital expenditure: ‘getting what you pay for’

Managing director of Whitham Mills Engineering, Ben Smart, explores approaches to capital expenditure in the waste and resources sector. Shaped as we are by the forces of policy makers, there are few absolute long-term certainties...



With the dust settling on what turned out to be a surprising and decisive result in the General Election, David Cameron’s Conservative majority government is now taking shape, with a number of key cabinet appointments announced.


Within the commodity markets that encompass the recycling sector, there is a huge amount of volatility and uncertainty at present. Ferrous metals markets have dived after the iron ore price fell. In paper, the value of used newspapers and ...


This week the Liberal Democrats were back on the campaign trail and displaying their green credentials, with a pledge to introduce a 70% recycling target for England if elected in May. This was just one of a number of ...