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Prime Minister David Cameron 17 December 2014

Prime Minister non-committal on circular economy plans

Prime Minister David Cameron has waded into the debate over plans to overhaul EU waste legislation, stating that he does not want to see ‘excessive regulation’ brought into effect. Mr Cameron took questions from MPs during a liaison committee session yesterday, and was asked by the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee...


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Wales issues TEEP guidance ahead of new rules


Guidance setting out the requirements for the separate collection of recyclables has been published by the Welsh Government today (December 17).

Eric Pickles joked residents 'should be flogged' for leaving empty wheelie bins out 17 December 2014

Pickles mocks bin penalties at committee session


People ‘should be flogged’ for leaving their wheelie bins in the street after they have been emptied, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles joked at a select committee hearing in Westminster yesterday (December 16). The Secretary...

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans 16 December 2014

Commission to draft ‘more ambitious’ circular economy plan


European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans has confirmed that the policy proposals around waste drawn up by the previous Commission will be scrapped, but that a ‘more ambitious’ plan for the circular economy is set to be drafted ...

ECO Plastics' founder and deputy chairman, Jonathan Short 16 December 2014

Plastics ECO Ltd rises from ashes of ECO Plastics Ltd


Stricken recycling firm ECO Plastics was placed into pre-pack administration prior to its business and assets being acquired by investor Aurelius last week, it has emerged. And, while creditors of ECO Plastics are currently being ...

A vehicle in Ideal Waste Paper's fleet 16 December 2014

Ideal Waste Paper enters liquidation


Kent-based waste paper and recycling business Ideal Waste Paper Company Limited has been placed into liquidation. Nicholas O’Reilly from Moorfields Corporate Recovery issued a note to creditors last week (December 10) advising ...

Commercial waste 2014 16 December 2014

Waste firm seeks legal case against VAT exemptions


A dispute over whether local authorities should be exempt from paying VAT on trade waste collections could go to the courts, after an application for Judicial Review was submitted earlier this month. Under current rules ...

Birmingham city council has no intention of contracting a private company to manage its waste collection service 15 December 2014

‘No plans’ to outsource waste collections in Birmingham


Birmingham city council has insisted it has ‘no plans’ to outsource its waste collection service in the wake of fierce criticism over the way the service is managed. The Labour-controlled local authority, which is the largest ...

The incident occurred at Associated Waste Management's Shipley MRF near Bradford in September 2013 15 December 2014

AWM workers offered support in wake of incident


A Bradford-based waste and recycling firm has highlighted the importance of offering workers support, after the body of a premature baby boy was found at one of its sites. Associated Waste Management was commenting after an ...

Collections of food waste, soft plastic packaging and foil were identified by WRAP in particular for causing confusion among residents 15 December 2014

Food and plastics recycling ‘confusing’ householders


Confusion over the collection of plastics and food waste is a major barrier to recycling at home, according to new research from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Published on Friday (December  12), WRAP’s ...

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Veolia champions circular resource model

Waste and resources firm Veolia has today (December 12) published a report outlining how it is implementing a ‘circular economy’ business model across all of its operations. The ...

Stronger policy framework needed for circular economy

Stronger policy framework needed for circular economy

DS Smith's European commercial director Mat Prosser discusses the steps needed to drive the circular economy. We need a clear policy framework with relevant and specific Government support to make the step change toward a...



The decision by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and the Environmental Services Association to set up Resources & Waste UK is certainly an interesting one. There are a number of current reasons why the two coming together in this...

13 November 2014

A tale of two cities

As the Welsh Government revealed councils in Wales had achieved a combined recycling rate of 54% today, there was cause for celebration – and concern – in the country’s two largest cities. Swansea was the real success ...

28 October 2014

Bowing out

It was to resounding applause that Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik left his final European Environment Council meeting today (October 28). But his final Environment Council appearance – on his proposed package for higher waste and ...