LATEST NEWS Tuesday 31 March 2015
Manchester bins 30 March 2015

Biffa wins Manchester bin collection contract

Biffa is to take over waste and recycling collections for the city of Manchester from services provider Enterprise, under an eight-year contract with the city council. Manchester city council announced that Biffa Municipal had been successful in tendering for the contract on Friday (March 27) – and is also due to take over the...


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The Viridor Poll

Do you have faith in retailers to keep to CSR pledges on using recycled content?

Councils will no longer be able to charge for the use of HWRCs 30 March 2015

HWRC anti-charging laws passed


Laws prohibiting councils from charging residents for the use of household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) will come into effect from April 23.

Machinex levenseat - From left to right Jonathan Menard, Machinex Project Director and Neil Bennett, M+W Group Head of Energy Business Unit 30 March 2015

Machinex to provide Levenseat sorting technology


Recycling equipment firm Machinex has been contracted to provide the materials sorting technology for the Levenseat Renewable Energy Ltd project in Scotland, it announced on Friday (March 27). The Canadian firm has been appointed ...

Eric Pickles has spoken out in support of joint working for councils on waste procurement 30 March 2015

Pickles slams “rubbish” council waste procurements


Secretary of State Eric Pickles has blasted “rubbish” council procurement policies for bins and refuse vehicles, in the wake of a report published by DCLG on ‘better bin saving’ yesterday (March 29). And, the minister ...

Business Secretary Vince Cable visited Ward Recycling in Middlesbrough 30 March 2015

News in brief (30/03/15)


With news on; Vince Cable at Ward Recycling opening; Hiscox Insurance enters waste market; Wastecycle deploys software;  Viridor donates compost, and; Geminor acquisition   Vince Cable ...

Southend-on-Sea 27 March 2015

Veolia set to oust Cory from Southend contract


Southend-on-Sea borough council has today (March 27) named Veolia as the preferred bidder for its new recycling and waste collections contract, which is due to start in October 2015. The decision, which was approved by councillors...

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WRAP Recycle Now refresh gets pilot roll out


A new nationwide recycling campaign currently being trialled in Sheffield and Tunbridge Wells has received a positive response according to the local authorities. The Waste & Resources Action Programme’s revamped Recycle Now...

CLR01 - plant exterior 27 March 2015

Closed Loop sweats over retail milk bottle squeeze


Defra minister Dan Rogerson is calling retailers back around the table in a bid to thrash out a firm commitment to back the plastics recycling sector over the use of recycled plastics in milk bottle production. The news comes a ...

Happier times: (l-r) Material Works’ MD Robert Billson and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk councillor councillor Brian Long signing the waste deal in December 2012 27 March 2015

West Norfolk councillor defends failed waste deal


The deputy leader of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk council has defended the authority’s decision to sign and subsequently scrap a deal with waste firm Material Works, which would have used “innovative” technology to recycle 35,000 ...

The worker trapped his leg in the baler at Baker Waste Services' Enderby site 26 March 2015

Leicester waste firm fined after worker’s leg crushed in baler


A Leicester-based recycling firm has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 after a worker’s leg was severely crushed in a cardboard baler. Bakers Waste Services Ltd was sentenced at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (26 ...

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Crossing the border caught up with Zero Waste Scotland director Iain Gulland at Resource 2015 in East London to talk waste regulations, landfill tax and the election as the Scottish Government races to meet its ambitious targets  

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The End of Waste is nigh

David Adams, Managing Director of waste management and recycling broker 707, comments on collective waste disposal and improving waste streams ahead of the



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 ...


This week the Liberal Democrats were back on the campaign trail and displaying their green credentials, with a pledge to introduce a 70% recycling target for England if elected in May. This was just one of a number of ...


With some polls indicating it is on course to win 10% of the vote at the May general election, it seems the Green Party has never been so popular. While the surge in support may be a backlash towards the policies of others – the...