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Averies Recycling 22 May 2015

Averies Recycling directors to appear in court

The former directors of Averies Recycling will appear at Swindon Magistrates Court next month (June 22) to face criminal charges brought by the Environment Agency for breaches of the Environmental Protection Act. The charges have been brought against Averies’ former director of the Swindon waste firm, David Averies, and ...


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The Viridor Poll

Now England has recorded a 45% recycling rate, how optimistic are you that the rate will reach 50% in 2020?

Eric Pickles, speaking at the RWM exhibition in Birmingham in September 2014 22 May 2015

Eric Pickles to be given Knighthood


The architect of the government’s £250 million weekly waste fund, former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, is to be knighted for his services to local government, it has been announced. Mr Pickles, who has been MP for ...

A report has called for a revised strategy for tackling waste crime in Northern Ireland 22 May 2015

Northern Ireland’s waste crime strategy under fire


Northern Ireland’s regulatory body for the waste industry has been told to develop a ‘more rigorous’ strategy for tackling waste crime, according to a review carried out by a leading legal body. Criminal Justice Inspection ...

Shanks' BDR facility has begun operations in the last 12 months 21 May 2015

Shanks sees trading profit fall in 2014/15


Waste management giant Shanks saw its trading profits fall by 25% in 2014/15 compared to the previous 12 months, posting a trading profit of around £34.3 million full year financial results published today (May 21) reveal. The ...

WRAP trustee Robert Longley-Cook 21 May 2015

Appointments round-up (21/05/15)


With news on; Robert Longley-Cook joins WRAP as trustee; Ted Pierpont appointed to BHS; Unwin joins Wastecycle, and; three new board members for ADBA. Robert Longley-Cook joins WRAP as trustee

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Cement plant converts kilns for waste fuel


Around 80,000 tonnes of waste-derived fuel per year is to be used to power two kilns at the “largest” cement plant in the UK. The Hope Works cement plant in Derbyshire will take in solid recovered fuel (SRF) from Lincolnshire-...

Scotland could roll out its own PRN system 'within two years' if approved 21 May 2015

Proposals for Scottish PRN system outlined


A Scottish PRN system to devolve producer responsibility for packaging waste could require collectors  to provide evidence that they are collecting 'quality' material. The suggestion comes in Zero Waste Scotland’s Scottish ...

Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, GBR - 17 December: Refuse collector Billy Dolan at work on Wednesday 17 December 2014 in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire. 21 May 2015

South Lanarkshire rolls out new containers to households


Around 130,000 new food waste caddies and wheeled recycling bins will be delivered to South Lanarkshire residents over the next 18 months as the council seeks to meet its obligations under the Zero Waste Scotland regulations. ...

A large range of materials are sorted at Powerday's Willesden facility including rigid plastics 20 May 2015

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 ...

Scotland's Environment Minister Richard Lochhead is backing plans to explore a deposit scheme for beverage containers in Scotland 20 May 2015

Drinks brands wary of ‘costly’ Scottish deposit scheme


Plans to consult on the introduction of a deposit return scheme for plastic, glass, aluminium and steel drinks containers in Scotland have been criticised by packaging producers and major beverage brands as ‘costly and confusing’.

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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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Closing the gap in Europe

David Palmer-Jones, president of the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD), and chief executive of Suez UK, explains why private sector investment is the key to making progress towards a more circular ...



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 ...