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Scotland has voted against independence from the UK 19 September 2014

‘Business as usual’ after Scotland referendum

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) has suggested that the results of the Scottish independence referendum this morning (September 19) – which showed voters in favour of staying part of the United Kingdom – will not affect its long term waste strategy in Scotland. The final results of the referendum on Scottish independence were ...


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The Viridor Poll

Do you think contamination rates for commingled recyclables are...

Rogerson RWM 19 September 2014

Rogerson hints at uncertain Defra future


VIDEO REPORT: Defra’s minister for waste and resources Dan Rogerson hinted at uncertainty over his future in the Department, in an address to delegates on the closing day of the RWM exhibition and conference in Birmingham yesterday (...

The 2014 awards will be the fourth annual ceremony following last year's 'high quality' entries 19 September 2014

Finalists for LARAC 2014 awards unveiled


Judges have revealed the finalists for the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) 2014 Celebration Awards, in what has been another year of ‘very high standard’ entries. Now in its fourth year, the awards ...

SITA UK will continue to collect waste and recyclables in Rochford until 2022 19 September 2014

SITA UK and Rochford agree contract extension


Waste management firm SITA UK has agreed a seven-year contract extension with Rochford district council to provide waste and recycling collections and street cleansing services until 2022. The renewed deal, worth £22.7 million ...

L-R from second left: SITA UK's David Palmer-Jones; Viridor's Ian McAulay; Zero Wsate Scotland's Ian Gulland; CIWM's Steve Lee 18 September 2014

‘Change in culture’ needed to boost circular economy


People outside the waste and recycling sector need to better understand the importance of the circular economy in order for it to grow, according to Viridor chief executive Ian McAulay. Speaking during a panel session at the RWM ...

Garden waste could be banned from residual waste bins in collections in North Kesteven to boost composting 18 September 2014

North Kesteven seeks garden waste ban from residual bins


North Kesteven council in Lincolnshire is seeking to ban residents from placing garden waste material in their residual waste containers from April 2015 in order to reduce refuse bin tonnages and boost composting. At a meeting of ...

Her Excellency, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca will be shown round FareShare’s London depot 18 September 2014

News in brief


ESA launches biowaste strategy at RWM The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has launched its first biowaste strategy which aims to address the key challenges faced by those in the biowaste treatment sector. ...

Environment Agency officers investigated the recycling firm in 2012 18 September 2014

Middlesbrough recycling firm fined over £14,000


A recycling firm in Middlesbrough has been fined £14,400 for operating a waste facility without an environmental permit. S B Recycling Ltd, in Normaby Road, was sentenced at Teesside Magistrates’ Court this week (September 16) ...

(l-r) Richard Belfield, group development director, FCC Environment Terry Dunn, director environment, Wigan Council Ken rigby, waste sector director, environment and infrastructure, AMEC 17 September 2014

FCC signs 25-year Wigan waste deal


Wigan council has officially signed a 25-year residual waste treatment contract with waste management firm FCC Environment, the authority announced today (September 17). Under the contract, FCC Environment will continue to manage ...

DCLG Secretary of State Eric Pickles, speaking at the RWM exhibition in Birmingham today (September 17) 17 September 2014

Pickles comes under fire at RWM


Updated with video: Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles has called on local authorities to prove their residents do not want weekly refuse collections, during a tense exchange with audience members at the ...

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The race to 50%

The race to 50%

Paul Vanston, the manager of the Kent Resource Partnership, outlines the challenge faced in reaching the 50% by 2020 recycling target.... 20 year's of progress resulted in a performance of 44.2% recycling and composting in 2013...

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RDF ‘good example of an industry that is working’

The UK refuse derived fuel (RDF) market which sees thousands of tonnes of the material shipped abroad for energy recovery is a “good example of an industry that is working”, according to Hertfordshire-based Andusia Recovered Fuels Ltd.

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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.


It was something of a shock to learn earlier this year that the legendary Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, is to speak at the RWM show this year - on Wednesday 17th at 11.00 am to be precise. ...


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