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Chancellor George Osborne announced a raft of spending measures across energy and the environment 25 November 2015

Defra cuts outlined in Osborne spending review

Departmental day to day spending on the environment is to be cut by 15% under plans outlined by Chancellor George Osborne in his spending review today (25 November). Boosts to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and reform of the Landfill Communities Fund, which will see more money directed towards tackling waste crime, were also...


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Rory Stewart speaking at the Plastics 2020 reception this afternoon (25 November) 25 November 2015

Stewart promises plastic packaging target proposals


Defra is to present its proposals for a revised packaging recycling target for plastics in the coming weeks, resources minister Rory Stewart has revealed today (25 November). The minister made the revelation at the Plastics 2020 ...

Biffa continues its contract with Enfield council 25 November 2015

Biffa signs five year contract with Enfield council


Biffa has been awarded a five year contract to continue providing dry mixed recycling and organic waste treatment services to the London borough of Enfield, the waste management firm announced today (25 November). The ...

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EA admits concerns over RDF definition consistency


An official definition clarifying what is expected of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) producers in England has raised concerns of inconsistency across other parts of the UK, the Environment Agency revealed today (25 November). Speaking ...

Wheelie bin protest Hounslow - pic credit to BrentfordTW8 25 November 2015

Hounslow council leader faces wheeled bin protest


Wheeled bins were stacked up outside the leader of Hounslow council’s home last week (19 November) in protest against the roll out of the new refuse containers for terraced properties in Brentford and Chiswick. Hounslow ...

From January 2016 Tendring council will end its black bin bag delivery service 24 November 2015

Tendring to scrap black sack delivery service


Tendring district council has announced it will no longer be delivering free black residual waste sacks to householders in a bid to save more than £150,000 a year. Under plans outlined by the council this week, deliveries of ...

WEEE presented for export by Daniels Recycling. (Image: Environment Agency) 24 November 2015

Daniels Recycling prosecuted for African WEEE export


The directors of Warrington-based Daniels Recycling, who pleaded guilty last week to illegally exporting electrical waste to West Africa, have criticised the Environment Agency for its handling of the case. Daniels Recycling Ltd ...

Hull facility 24 November 2015

Financial deal agreed for Hull gasification plant


The developers of a proposed 240,000 tonne capacity gasification plant in Hull have secured a financial package to finance the construction of the facility after five years of planning. Engineering specialist Spencer Group has ...

Biffa has reported a boost in earnings before tax amid reports that it is inviting takeover bids 24 November 2015

Biffa announces profit boost amid takeover reports


Biffa has today announced a 19.4% boost in its earnings before tax - as reports suggest that the waste management group is seeking takeover bids from across the industry. The trading update for the six months ended 25 September ...

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Scrap metal moving despite price pressure


Metal recyclers are seeing prices in ferrous grades still failing to rise significantly from recent lows in value although material is described as “continuing to move”. However, falls in the copper price are adding to ...

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Stobart Energy plots UK wood processing expansion

The increase in biomass plants coming online in next five years alongside long term waste wood supply contracts will help to “bring stability” to the wood recycling market, according to the chief executive of Stobart Energy & ...

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Unpacking the war on food waste

Professor Leon Terry, director of agrifood at Cranfield University discusses the factors leading...



      25 November 2015

      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.

      13 November 2015

      ‘Cross the Mersey

      Away from Anfield this week, councillors and waste bosses in Merseyside were passing around a political football of their own. Bin collections became a focus point for many districts and boroughs in the region, following Liverpool...

      7 October 2015

      Consistent messages

      It is two years since last attended the Conservative Party conference, and the difference in mood between 2013 and 2015 was palpable. Coalition tensions, policy uncertainty and the threat of a loss of ...