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Shanks confirms interest in Van Gansewinkel

Milton Keynes-based waste management Shanks, which has waste operations in the UK and in Holland and Belgium, today asked for its shares to be suspended while it considers buying continental competitor, Van Gansewinkel Groep BV. Shanks has steadily acquired a number of businesses, particularly in Holland, in recent years and has...


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Aerial view of New Earth's Canford MBT facility near Poole, one of five plants operated by the waste firm 24 May 2016

New Earth awaits white knight after posting £29m loss


EXCLUSIVE: New Earth Solutions Group may have ‘no option’ but to enter administration – pending the outcome of negotiations with a white knight, in the form of an unnamed European combined heat and power (CHP) plant developer.

Two 26-tonne dual fuel hydrogen and diesel refuse collection vehicles are in operation in Fife 24 May 2016

Fife converts two RCVs to use hydrogen fuel


Fife council has taken delivery of two dual-fuelled hydrogen and diesel powered refuse collection vehicles (RCVs), in what is being touted as a first of its kind scheme anywhere in the world. The vehicles have been converted to ...

Worcester city council has called a halt to plans to outsource its collections 24 May 2016

Worcester puts collection outsourcing plan in doubt


Worcester council chiefs have called a halt to plans to outsource the city’s waste collections - following a shock administration change at this month’s local elections. In September, the then Conservative-led authority agreed...

(L-R) Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing; Cllr Clyde Loakes, Cabinet Member for Environment; Sarah Plant, Project Manager, Local Green Point; Charlotte Terry, Head of Community Engagement, Haven House Children’s Hospice; representatives from waste contractors Kier & Urbaser; Graham Simmonds, Managing Director, Local Green Points; Local resident, Nontando Lucy Mpofu 23 May 2016

News in Brief (23/05/2016)


With news on: Waltham Forest rewards; Belgian cycle challenge; Powerday backs boxing club; Alupro communications, and; Stockport green waste campaign.

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Director sentenced for Essex waste wood storage


A 26-year-old Essex man has received a suspended custodial sentence for running an illegal waste site which suffered a fire two days before it was due to be cleared. The site at Thoby Priory in Brentwood, Essex burned for two ...

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Covanta ‘holds interest’ as Peel revises EfW project


Work on Peel Environmental’s Protos recovery project – formerly Ince park – is continuing with revised plans drawn up for an energy from waste plant on the site, which is east of Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. And, American ...

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REA points to ‘cost benefit’ of food waste collection


Mandatory separate food waste collections in England would cut costs and save money for councils and businesses while helping the UK to hit its 2020 renewable energy and recycling targets. The message of positive financial ...

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The Week in Waste – 20 May 2016


Take a look at the ‘Week in Waste’ video report. In this week’s report by, sponsored by Biffa, we reveal some of the winners of our Awards ...

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Businesses move to digital waste exemption service


Nearly 10,000 waste exemptions have been registered by businesses under a ‘radical’ new digital service rolled out by the Environment Agency in March, the regulator has claimed. The

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Funds ‘available for green infrastructure’

Funding is ready and waiting for waste related infrastructure projects, one London-based waste sector specialist fund manager has told There is an ongoing and significant ambition within pension funds and other...

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News last week that Air Products is to exit the energy from waste sector has come as little surprise to many in the waste industry. “It was inevitable,” tweeted Jarno Stet, waste services manager at Westminster city council...


The latest set of recycling figures shouldn't prompt a panic but they certainly merit a scrutiny of current strategies and approaches. Over the years there have been variations in the amount of green waste collected and this has ...

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Sweetening the pill

The Chancellor’s announcement today that Defra will be spared some of the heavy cuts envisaged over the next five years will cause many in the waste industry to breathe a sigh of relief.