LATEST NEWS Thursday 28 July 2016
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will confront coffee chain giants on their recycling policies in his 'War on Waste' documentary (C) Keo Films - Photographer: Gus Palmer 28 July 2016

TV coffee cup crusade provokes mixed industry response

Waste management firm Veolia has unveiled plans to develop a new paper-pulping facility in an attempt to address ongoing concerns over disposable cup recycling - which will come under renewed scrutiny in BBC One’s ‘War on Waste’ programme tonight (28 July). But The Recycling Association – which represents a large number ...


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One of Richmondshire district council's refuse trucks 28 July 2016

SFS to overhaul Richmondshire waste fleet


Richmondshire district council is to overhaul its waste and recycling collection vehicle fleet following the award of a contract to fleet management company Specialist Fleet Services (SFS). The contract includes the roll-out of a ...

Some of the waste at the Eastmoor Road Allotments in Murton 28 July 2016

County Durham man jailed over illegal waste site


A County Durham man has been jailed for 16 weeks for operating an illegal waste site, following legal proceedings brought by the Environment Agency. Christopher Nash, 35, of Hillgarth in Consett appeared at Peterlee Magistrates...

Waste management company Biffa is handling the changes to Forest of Dean district council’s kerbside-sort recycling service 28 July 2016

Forest of Dean to expand kerbside recycling service


Changes to Forest of Dean district council’s kerbside-sort recycling service are being brought in to allow residents to recycle a wider range of materials. The roll out of the new recycling service will begin from Monday next ...

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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  

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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...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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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.