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Cambridgeshire councils agree waste service merger

Cambridge city and South Cambridgeshire councils have agreed to merge their waste teams and create a joined-up collection service wholly-owned and operated by the two authorities. In a move the authorities hope will save as much as £700,000 within three years, South Cambridgeshire’s cabinet unanimously voted on favour of the ...


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Weekly blue box recycling collections will remain unchanged under the revised Gwynedd council collection timetable 21 October 2014

Gwynedd begins three-weekly collection switch


Gwynedd council in North West Wales has begun its transition from a fortnightly to a three-weekly collection scheme for residual waste, with a new collection timetable coming into effect from yesterday (October 20). The Plaid ...

EU Commission HQ in Brussels 20 October 2014

Commission clarifies view on commingling


EXCLUSIVE: The European Commission has offered some insight into its thinking behind the separate collection laws, signalling that only “compatible dry waste” should be collected commingled. The comments come in discussions ...

The 430,000 tonnes-per-year capacity plant is being developed for the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) 21 October 2014

News in brief


With news on; SITA Sembcorp begins EfW construction; Nick Clegg visits Axion; FEAD calls for waste shipment data action; Ricardo-AEA wins OPRL contract, and; UKCM secures four-year Birmingham bin contract  

The planning policy outlines the considerations planning authorities must make when considering waste developments 21 October 2014

Pickles publishes ‘streamlined’ waste planning policy


An updated and more “streamlined” waste planning policy has been published by the government, which is likely to make it more difficult to develop waste facilities on green belt land. Published by the Department for ...

The employee had been driving the refuse collection vehicle at Woodside Leisure Park in Watford (picture credit: Gail D’Almaine) 20 October 2014

Investigation into Cawleys driver death


Waste management firm Cawleys has expressed its shock after a driver employed by the company died in Watford after becoming trapped under a waste collection vehicle. Police are investigating after the man, who has yet to be ...

WISH has clarified what prevention measures waste operators should take in the latest round of fire guidance 20 October 2014

WISH fire guidance caters for ‘overlooked’ sectors


Guidance detailing what measures waste operators can take to prevent fires has been finalised by the Waste Industry Safety & Health (WISH) Forum today (October 20), after a second round of consultation with industry members. ...

The new Merevale AD plant will look similar to Biogen’s Westwood plant in Northamptonshire 20 October 2014

Biogen wins Leicestershire food waste contract


Biogen has been awarded a five-year contract to treat household food waste at its Warwickshire AD facility on behalf of Leicestershire county council. The council has agreed to send its food waste to Biogen’s £10 million ...

(l-r) Dan Cooke, Viridor and Andrea Krajewski, Remondis at last week's LARAC conference 20 October 2014

Waste exports ‘similar to paper and plastic exports’


The export of residual waste, as refused derived fuel, to the European Continent was both defended and criticised at the LARAC Conference last week, with a top consultant seeing waste exports as similar to the export of materials for ...

RDF featured in a panel discussion at Larac: (l-r) Dr Dominic Hogg, Eunomia; Andrew Bird, LARAC; Bill Griffiths, Viridor; Robert Hunt, Veolia, and; Gev Eduljee, SITA 20 October 2014

Waste industry defends long-term contracts


The waste management industry has broadly defended long term infrastructure contracts in the face of some concerns from the Public Accounts Committee. The support for longer term arrangements came in a debate at last week’s ...

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DHL Envirosolutions: depot recycling and beyond

With businesses coming under increasing pressure to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, DHL Envirosolutions is looking up and down the supply chain to make savings for its customer base. As the environmental compliance ...

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Finding food waste feedstock

Finding food waste feedstock

Tamar Energy's director of operations Mat Stewart discusses the challenges in getting hold of food waste feedstock to feed anaerobic digestion plants. It goes without saying that every effort should be ...

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29 September 2014

Off the agenda

Party conference season is now in full swing, with all of the major parties setting out their stalls ahead of the May 2015 general election. Labour fired the starting gun in Manchester last weekend, with the Conservative ...

22 September 2014

Rogerson and RWM

The appearance of Dan Rogerson at the end of the RWM exhibition last week was something of a surprise, confusing and, truth be known, disappointing. The recycling, or resource minister, had already submitted a video address for the start of ...


With the provisional recycling rates for 2013/14 released today, it is reassuring to see a number of local authorities in England have been able to maintain rates of 60% or more – well above the mandatory target of 50% set for 2020.