LATEST NEWS Thursday 7 May 2015
Shanks' Frog Island MBT facility at Rainham in East London is expected to fully reopen in 2016 6 May 2015

2016 target date for Shanks MBT to fully reopen

Shanks has confirmed that its Frog Island mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility in East London is expected to be fully operational again early next year, almost 18 months after it was hit by a major fire in summer 2014. According to Shanks, the 180,000 tonnes per year capacity plant is now accepting all contracted ...


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Two waste firms prosecuted by HSE


Two waste and recycling firms have been handed fines totalling around £40,000 in separate prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for safety failings, in cases concluded yesterday (May 6). London recycler ...

Closed Loop's Dagenham recycling facility 5 May 2015

Buyer moves in for Closed Loop Recycling


Plastic bottle recycler Closed Loop Recycling has been acquired by Dubai-based investment firm Euro Capital after having been placed into administration late last week, has learned. The company has been ...

Craig Lavelle (MD of Fresh Start Waste Services, driving the lorry) and Andy Matley (RBS) 6 May 2015

News in brief (06/05/2015)


With news on: B&M's Stockdale acquisition; RBS loan for Fresh Start; SWR and RUR3 to tackle food waste, and; Cambridge hospital's recycling accolade

CoalvilleMap 6 May 2015

Green Plan-It completes £1.5m Leicestershire MRF


Confidential shredding specialist Green Plan-It has completed the construction of a £1.5 million custom-designed materials recovery facility (MRF) at Bardon Hill, Coalville, Leicestershire. The firm, which carries out the ...

Concerns over the long term viability of the UK plastics recycling sector continue to linger 5 May 2015

EfW ‘not a long term solution’ for plastic scrap


A leading plastics recycling organisation has cautioned that energy from waste (EfW) is not a ‘long term solution’ for the treatment of recyclable plastic scrap, despite difficulties in the plastics recycling market. The ...

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The green debate


Matt Miles, director of waste management and recycling broker 707, discusses environmental issues and the General Election. As election fever reaches a crescendo, it ...

(l-r) Carl Water, Plasgran; James Goodwin, representing Acorn Recycling; Phil Profit, Land Polymers; Chris Rothery, PDS Ltd, Adrian Jackson, President TRA; Roly Rimmer, Plasgran; Simon Ellin, TRA; Sky Li, 99p Recycling; Tim Land; Land Polymers; Chris Collier, CK Polymers 5 May 2015

Recycling Association to focus plastics lobbying


The Recycling Association is to step up its lobbying on issues relating to plastics recycling after convening the first meeting of its Plastics Focus Group last week. The group met at the Association’s head office in Daventry on...

Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3236 L 8x2 Rigid 5 May 2015

Wastecycle invests in collection vehicle to boost safety


East Midlands-based recycling firm Wastecycle has expanded its collection fleet with an aim to boost road safety and save on fuel consumption. The company has invested in a Mercedes-Benz 8x2 Aroc rigid collection vehicle, which ...

PerthMap 1 May 2015

Suez fined for landfill leachate licence breach


Suez environnement was fined £20,000 at Perth Sheriff Court yesterday (30 April 2015) for its handling of leachate, a potentially polluting liquid, at its Binn landfill (Glenfarg) site. The company – which was trading as Sita ...

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Polls apart: a waste sector view on the election manifestos

Following last year’s ‘Mapping the politics of waste’ report assessing how the UK’s political landscape ...

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The green debate

Matt Miles, director of waste management and recycling broker 707, discusses environmental issues and the General Election. As election fever reaches a crescendo, it ...



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 ...


With some polls indicating it is on course to win 10% of the vote at the May general election, it seems the Green Party has never been so popular. While the surge in support may be a backlash towards the policies of others – the...