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The New Earth MBT plant in Avonmouth reports 'process loss' of 9-11% each month 3 July 2015

New Earth councils claim discrimination over MBT

A number of local authorities who use New Earth Solutions treatment facilities are claiming that the Waste Data Flow reporting system is understating their composting rates because they use mechanical biological treatment plants. The group of authorities, from the West Country and Leicestershire, want the organics collected from...


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Can food waste collections be afforded by councils in a time of austerity?

MEPs are being urged to back a report detailing various circular economy proposals ahead of a plenary on July 8 3 July 2015

MEPs lobbied ahead of circular economy vote


MEPs are being lobbied by environmental and business groups over whether to vote for or against a crucial report containing ‘ambitious’ resource efficiency and circular economy proposals. The report, approved by the MEP’...

Care homes are among the facilities that could be charged for waste disposal 3 July 2015

Schedule 2 charging hoped to save Staffs £100k per year


Hospitals, care homes and universities in Staffordshire could be charged for waste disposal for the first time under plans intended to save Staffordshire county council £100,000 a year. The council has decided to pass on the cost of disposing of ...

Waste and recycling collections were suspended in Bath and North East Somerset yesterday due to the hot weather 2 July 2015

CFOA urges waste operator vigilance in heatwave


Waste operators should remain vigilant against fires during a sustained period of warm weather across the UK, the Chief Fire Officer’s Association (CFOA) has warned. The advice comes as temperatures soared to 32-33C yesterday...

SEPA has outlined its view on contamination in waste exports 2 July 2015

SEPA details export contamination stance


Defining a contamination limit for ‘green list’ materials for export such as dry recyclables would not be beneficial or practical, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) said this week. The regulator reiterated ...

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Tameside favours ‘bin swap’ over three-weekly collections


Tameside metropolitan borough council is the latest Manchester authority to lay out plans to boost recycling and reduce residual waste capacity, with councillors approving a new collection system to be brought in by September 2015.

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Viridor PRF back online following fire


Viridor’s £12.5 million plastics recycling facility (PRF) in Rochester, Kent has partially reopened following a fire at the site last month, the company has confirmed. The June 5 fire destroyed 500 tonnes of input material as ...

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Councils could create new entity “to control risk”


Local authorities should consider coming together and setting up a separate entity to help provide greater stability in terms of recycling income, according to a top waste and recycling expert.

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Green team gears up for 500km cycle challenge


VIDEO REPORT: Mayor of London Boris Johnson has offered his backing to some of the capital’s senior figures in the waste and recycling sector, who will be taking part in a gruelling 500km cycling challenge for charity. The newly...

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Airports Commission recommends moving Lakeside EfW


A scheme to construct a third runway at Heathrow Airport – which would require the “removal and replacement” of the Lakeside energy from waste (EfW) plant and surrounding recycling facilities – has been recommended for government ...

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German plants under pressure from UK exports of RDF

Dusseldorf-based journalist, Gerhard Wirsig, reports for on the latest market dynamics in the RDF sector German operators of incinerators, RDF power plants and cement ...

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Room for improvement

Marc Zornes, co-founder and chief executive of food waste reduction specialist Winnow outlines the opportunities for cutting food waste in the hospitality sector. Summer is the busiest time of year for the UK’s hotel industry. ...



Defra has confirmed that Rory Stewart will handle the waste and recycling brief – and with it validation that the industry has not been forgotten by government. With the announcement coming less than 24 hours before the first ...


With the dust settling on what turned out to be a surprising and decisive result in the General Election, David Cameron’s Conservative majority government is now taking shape, with a number of key cabinet appointments announced.


Within the commodity markets that encompass the recycling sector, there is a huge amount of volatility and uncertainty at present. Ferrous metals markets have dived after the iron ore price fell. In paper, the value of used newspapers and ...