LATEST NEWS Thursday 23 October 2014
MPs have criticised Defra's decision to 'step back' from policies on waste 22 October 2014

MPs put Defra under pressure over waste policy

Defra’s decision to ‘step back’ from implementing any new policies around waste and recycling is likely to jeopardise progress towards the 50% by 2020 EU recycling targets, MPs have warned. The warning came in a report on Waste ...


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packaging 22 October 2014

Q3 packaging data shows material surplus


Compliance schemes have welcomed further improvement in the provisional packaging waste recovery statistics released for the third quarter of 2014 today (October 22), with a further cooling of PRN prices forecast across the board.

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Waste sector critical of Defra ‘policy vacuum’


Figures from the waste management sector, local authorities and campaign groups have been united in criticism of government policy on waste following the publication of a damning report by MPs on waste management in England today (October 22...

Awards for Excellence 22 October 2014

Julie Hill to be new chair of WRAP


Former Green Alliance director and circular economy expert, Julie Hill, has been appointed as chair of the Waste & Resources Action Programme to succeed Peter Stone who will retire at the organisation's board meeting next month.

Torfaen council will continue to collect residual waste fortnightly from residents 22 October 2014

Torfaen to roll out ‘skinny bins’ in 2015


Councillors in the South Wales borough of Torfaen approved plans yesterday (October 21) to reduce the bin capacity available to households for residual waste, after residents disapproved of plans for a monthly refuse collection system.

The 430,000 tonnes-per-year capacity plant is being developed for the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) 21 October 2014

News in brief


With news on; SITA Sembcorp begins EfW construction; Nick Clegg visits Axion; FEAD calls for waste shipment data action; Ricardo-AEA wins OPRL contract, and; UKCM secures four-year Birmingham bin contract  

Weekly blue box recycling collections will remain unchanged under the revised Gwynedd council collection timetable 21 October 2014

Gwynedd begins three-weekly collection switch


Gwynedd council in North West Wales has begun its transition from a fortnightly to a three-weekly collection scheme for residual waste, with a new collection timetable coming into effect from yesterday (October 20). The Plaid ...

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Cambridgeshire councils agree waste service merger


Cambridge city and South Cambridgeshire councils have agreed to merge their waste teams and create a joined-up collection service wholly-owned and operated by the two authorities. In a move the authorities hope will save as much ...

The planning policy outlines the considerations planning authorities must make when considering waste developments 21 October 2014

Pickles publishes ‘streamlined’ waste planning policy


An updated and more “streamlined” waste planning policy has been published by the government, which is likely to make it more difficult to develop waste facilities on green belt land. Published by the Department for ...

The employee had been driving the refuse collection vehicle at Woodside Leisure Park in Watford (picture credit: Gail D’Almaine) 20 October 2014

Investigation into Cawleys driver death


Waste management firm Cawleys has expressed its shock after a driver employed by the company died in Watford after becoming trapped under a waste collection vehicle. Police are investigating after the man, who has yet to be ...

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DHL Envirosolutions: depot recycling and beyond

With businesses coming under increasing pressure to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, DHL Envirosolutions is looking up and down the supply chain to make savings for its customer base. As the environmental compliance ...

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Finding food waste feedstock

Finding food waste feedstock

Tamar Energy's director of operations Mat Stewart discusses the challenges in getting hold of food waste feedstock to feed anaerobic digestion plants. It goes without saying that every effort should be ...

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29 September 2014

Off the agenda

Party conference season is now in full swing, with all of the major parties setting out their stalls ahead of the May 2015 general election. Labour fired the starting gun in Manchester last weekend, with the Conservative ...

22 September 2014

Rogerson and RWM

The appearance of Dan Rogerson at the end of the RWM exhibition last week was something of a surprise, confusing and, truth be known, disappointing. The recycling, or resource minister, had already submitted a video address for the start of ...


With the provisional recycling rates for 2013/14 released today, it is reassuring to see a number of local authorities in England have been able to maintain rates of 60% or more – well above the mandatory target of 50% set for 2020.