LATEST NEWS Thursday 28 July 2016
Co-mingled waste 27 July 2016

Councils should take “full responsibility” for MRF output

Axion Consulting has claimed that collecting recycling via a ‘commingling’ system is “the way forward” for councils looking to reduce costs and increase capture of material.  But commingled collections only work effectively if local authorities take “full responsibility” for ensuring the materials ...


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Biffa wins North Somerset collections contract


Waste and recycling collections in North Somerset will be carried out by Biffa under a new seven-year contract to be rolled out from March 2017. The estimated £6.9 million deal – which will also see Biffa manage the unitary ...

North Devon is considering reducing frequency of its refuse collections 27 July 2016

North Devon considers three-weekly collections


North Devon council has proposed reducing the frequency of residual waste collections, as one of three options to save money and boost its recycling rate. The proposal – which would see refuse collections change from fortnightly...

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News in brief (27/07/2016)


With news on; Kent waste strategy consultation; scrap vehicle prosecution; Shanks makes Netherlands acquisition; Blue Scotland moves premises, and London borough of Barnet clamps down on flytipping  

London Fire Brigade crews tackling the fire at Smugglers Way (Picture: London Fire Brigade) 26 July 2016

Second fire breaks out at Smugglers Way MRF


A second fire in four days has broken out at Cory Environmental’s materials recycling facility (MRF) at Smugglers Way, Wandsworth. Fire crews were called to an incident involving 300 tonnes of domestic waste ablaze in the main ...

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Saxlund selected for Hertfordshire gasification plant


Development of a 96,000 tonnes-per-year capacity waste gasification plant in Hertfordshire is underway - with Saxlund International selected to construct fuel storage bunkers at the facility. The £60 million plant, which will be ...

Residual waste will continue to be sent to the SELCHP energy from waste plant in south London 26 July 2016

Westminster renews trio of contracts with Veolia


Westminster city council has signed three household and commercial waste and recycling contracts with Veolia, worth a total of £71 million, it has been announced today (26 July). The contracts include a 3.5-year deal to manage ...

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Isle of Wight remains ‘committed’ to gasification


Isle of Wight council has insisted that plans to develop a 40,000 tonnes-per-year waste gasification plant will not be scrapped - despite sub-contractor Energos entering administration this month. The local authority announced ...

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WasteCare takes over Veolia chemical waste site


WasteCare Group has completed the purchase of Veolia’s Lower Bank View industrial liquid waste treatment site in Liverpool, the company has announced today (July 25). The site is licensed to treat over 200 tonnes of industrial ...

MARKET REPORT: Steel and aluminium cans 25 July 2016

Steel recycling soars in latest packaging data


The amount of steel packaging recycled in the second quarter of 2016 has spiked according to provisional data released by the Environment Agency on Friday (22 July). And, nearly all other materials look on track to meet the ...

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Assessing issues around bio-based polythene

Is renewable bio-polythene, or more specifically bio-derived polyethylene, ethically responsible and does it bring any benefits to the environment? James Lee, managing director of Cromwell Polythene takes a look at some of the issues around ...

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Cut and dried solution

The organics recycling sector is looking to sustainability, and dry digestion could be one of the upcoming trends. For decades anaerobic digestion has been seen as a relatively simple, cost-effective solution for breaking down ...

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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.