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As much as 32% of plastic packaging may have been recycled in 2013 19 December 2014

Plastic packaging recycling rate ‘4% higher’ than thought

Defra is to consider whether to review recycling targets for plastic packaging, following the release of a report suggesting that the current recycling rate for waste plastic packaging is higher than previously anticipated. The


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refuse collection wales 19 December 2014

Committee looks to future of recycling in Wales


Wales will need to do more if it hopes to hit ‘increasingly demanding’ recycling targets in the future, an inquiry by the National Assembly for Wales Environment and Sustainability committee has found. Publishing its findings ...

LARAC has slammed a challenge to VAT exemptions on trade waste collections for councils 18 December 2014

VAT exemptions challenge ‘not in Christmas spirit’


An application to overturn VAT exemptions for councils offering trade waste collections could have ‘dire consequences for thousands of small businesses’, the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) warned today (December 18...

The forklift overturned on April 26 2010 18 December 2014

Recresco handed £180,000 fine for worker death


Glass recycling firm Recresco has been fined £180,000 after a worker was killed when the forklift truck he was driving overturned at the firm’s Ellesmere Port plant in April 2010. Ian Aliski, 29, from Ellesmere Port, was ...

Traceys has purchased two reconditioned RCVs 18 December 2014

Plant and vehicle round-up


With news on; William Tracey's buys reconditioned RCVs; MID UK Recycling awards plant contract to TOMRA; Jayplas takes delivery of Erema extruder; Preston installs Yotta software, and; Cross Wrap delivers bale opener  

Prime Minister David Cameron 17 December 2014

Prime Minister non-committal on circular economy plans


Prime Minister David Cameron has waded into the debate over plans to overhaul EU waste legislation, stating that he does not want to see ‘excessive regulation’ brought into effect. Mr Cameron took questions from MPs during a ...

Eric Pickles joked residents 'should be flogged' for leaving empty wheelie bins out 17 December 2014

Pickles mocks bin penalties at committee session


People ‘should be flogged’ for leaving their wheelie bins in the street after they have been emptied, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles joked at a select committee hearing in Westminster yesterday (December 16). The Secretary...

Chris Dow 05 crop 18 December 2014

Plastics: the challenge for 2015


Chris Dow, chief executive of Dagenham- based plastics recycling firm Closed Loop looks ahead to the challenges faced in the coming year.

Norfolk EfW 19 December 2014

Norfolk rules out building incinerator at Saddlebow site


Norfolk county council has opted retain the site in King’s Lynn previously earmarked for the doomed Saddlebrow energy from waste plant – but has ruled out using the site to develop another incinerator. Earlier this year, ...

Recyclers have warned that the value of recovered materials is falling 18 December 2014

Councils facing commodity value reductions


Councils, who today learn the scale of government funding cuts for 2015/16, are likely to find little comfort from the recycling sector, with fresh warnings that the market value of some recyclable materials is falling. Local ...

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Veolia champions circular resource model

Waste and resources firm Veolia has today (December 12) published a report outlining how it is implementing a ‘circular economy’ business model across all of its operations. The ...

Plastics: the challenge for 2015

Plastics: the challenge for 2015

Chris Dow, chief executive of Dagenham- based plastics recycling firm Closed Loop looks ahead to the challenges faced in the coming year.



The decision by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and the Environmental Services Association to set up Resources & Waste UK is certainly an interesting one. There are a number of current reasons why the two coming together in this...

13 November 2014

A tale of two cities

As the Welsh Government revealed councils in Wales had achieved a combined recycling rate of 54% today, there was cause for celebration – and concern – in the country’s two largest cities. Swansea was the real success ...

28 October 2014

Bowing out

It was to resounding applause that Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik left his final European Environment Council meeting today (October 28). But his final Environment Council appearance – on his proposed package for higher waste and ...