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Strong demand from Europe for RDF makes EfW treatment for plastics more financially viable, FCC has claimed 28 August 2015

Agency’s RDF definition takes shape

The Environment Agency has offered an initial draft of its ‘concise’ definition of RDF to members of the waste industry and exporters of the material. An email, seen by, was sent out to stakeholders by the Environment Agency last month, and sought views on the refuse derived fuel (RDF) definition...


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Rick Waterson was responsible for the purchase of 430,000 tonnes of recovered paper to supply the Palm Paper newsprint ill at Kings Lynn 28 August 2015

Appointments round-up (28/08/2015)


Colin Clarke and Rick Waterson have new posts in the the recovered paper sector; Dorset's interim chief heads to Hong Kong; and a shredder expert is poised to advise on RDF and other materials. ...

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WRAP encouraged by Recycle Now progress


Response to the re-launched Recycle Now communications campaign has been encouraging, WRAP director Marcus Gover has told The iconic recycling communications campaign was re-launched during Recycle Week ...

Plastic exporters have reported that trading conditions in China are impacting on the value of plastic scrap 28 August 2015

Plasticity (Worldwide) snaps up What-A-Waste


Stricken waste plastics sorting and trading firm What-A-Waste has been bought out of administration by its former directors. The company was placed into administration on August 18 and subsequently sold to a new business, ...

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The Week in Waste – August 28 2015


Take a look at the ‘Week in Waste’ video report. In this week’s report by, sponsored by Biffa, we aim to give you a snapshot of the news in the world of recycling and waste management. This week we ...

Plastic exporters have reported that trading conditions in China are impacting on the value of plastic scrap 27 August 2015

What-A-Waste in administration as plastics sector feels pinch


EXCLUSIVE: Midlands-based waste plastics sorting and trading firm What-A-Waste has been placed into administration, the latest in a string of financial failures in the plastics sector since late 2014. The company, which was ...

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Official draw for 2015 Waste World Cup announced


With the English football season now in full swing teams from across the waste sector are gearing up for the industry’s premier sporting event, the 2015 Waste World Cup in association with Mick George. Reigning champions Wybone ...

Defra has further intervened to aid the aluminium packaging sector in meeting its targets 27 August 2015

Defra makes further aluminium allowances


Defra has further revised the protocols for aluminium packaging recycling in a second bid to boost the number of PRNs that can be issued. Last week (August 21) changes were made to the rules governing the date of accreditation and...

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WRAP defends refuse bin capacity study


WRAP has defended a study published last month which suggested that lower recycling rates are linked with higher residual bin capacity. The report, which analysed UK recycling performance and waste arisings for 2012/14, assessed ...

Leaves swept from streets are currently not allowed for use in compost 26 August 2015

Letter: hope for use of street swept leaves in compost


Last week (August 20) reported on the results of a study into the use of leaves from ...

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A guide to financial incentives for AD

Martin Wager, business development manager for ENER-G Combined Power Ltd, explains the financial benefits of anaerobic digestion and the UK government's renewables incentives available to developers. Anaerobic digestion ...

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Reuse requires immediate refocus

Steve Bell, reuse development manager at FCC Environment argues that reuse requires urgent focus from government, businesses and the public. In recent years under the Coalition Government, waste strategy developed at ...



Defra has confirmed that Rory Stewart will handle the waste and recycling brief – and with it validation that the industry has not been forgotten by government. With the announcement coming less than 24 hours before the first ...


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 ...