LATEST NEWS Tuesday 21 October 2014
EU Commission HQ in Brussels 20 October 2014

Commission clarifies view on commingling

EXCLUSIVE: The European Commission has offered some insight into its thinking behind the separate collection laws, signalling that only “compatible dry waste” should be collected commingled. The comments come in discussions between the spokesman for European Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik and


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The Viridor Poll

Should C&I waste producers do more to separate out their waste?

(l-r) Dan Cooke, Viridor and Andrea Krajewski, Remondis at last week's LARAC conference 20 October 2014

Waste exports ‘similar to paper and plastic exports’


The export of residual waste, as refused derived fuel, to the European Continent was both defended and criticised at the LARAC Conference last week, with a top consultant seeing waste exports as similar to the export of materials for ...

The employee had been driving the refuse collection vehicle at Woodside Leisure Park in Watford (picture credit: Gail D'Almaine) 20 October 2014

Investigation into Cawleys driver death


Waste management firm Cawleys has expressed its shock after a driver employed by the company died in Watford after becoming trapped under a waste collection vehicle. Police are investigating after the man, who has yet to be ...

WISH has clarified what prevention measures waste operators should take in the latest round of fire guidance 20 October 2014

WISH fire guidance caters for ‘overlooked’ sectors


Guidance detailing what measures waste operators can take to prevent fires has been finalised by the Waste Industry Safety & Health (WISH) Forum today (October 20), after a second round of consultation with industry members. ...

The new Merevale AD plant will look similar to Biogen’s Westwood plant in Northamptonshire 20 October 2014

Biogen wins Leicestershire food waste contract


Biogen has been awarded a five-year contract to treat household food waste at its Warwickshire AD facility on behalf of Leicestershire county council. The council has agreed to send its food waste to Biogen’s £10 million ...

RDF featured in a panel discussion at Larac: (l-r) Dr Dominic Hogg, Eunomia; Andrew Bird, LARAC; Bill Griffiths, Viridor; Robert Hunt, Veolia, and; Gev Eduljee, SITA 20 October 2014

Waste industry defends long-term contracts


The waste management industry has broadly defended long term infrastructure contracts in the face of some concerns from the Public Accounts Committee. The support for longer term arrangements came in a debate at last week’s ...

(l-r) Tom Brock, Scottish Seabird Centre, John Lee, Scottish Grocers Federation and Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland, launch the carrier bag levy 20 October 2014

Carrier bag levy comes into effect in Scotland


Retailers in Scotland will charge 5p for each single-use carrier bag distributed in shops from today (October 20), following in the footsteps of Wales and Northern Ireland in implementing a charge. The measure, which has been ...

The Organics Recycling Group is seeking to improve the quality of garden waste feedstock for compost 17 October 2014

Plea for better council compost quality


Contamination in compost feedstock is “getting worse”, according to the Organics Recycling Group (ORG), which has drawn up a number measures aimed at councils and composters to try and tackle the problem. Jeremy Jacobs, ...

The £800 million Hatfield EfW was rejected by DCLG in August 17 October 2014

Veolia’s Herts EfW in PFI withdrawal blow


Veolia’s plan to build an energy-from-waste facility in Hertfordshire was dealt a further blow today (October 17), as Defra opted to pull £115 million in PFI credits from the project. The decision comes after communities ...

Emily Martin (centre) receives the award for Recycling Officer of the Year from host Phillip Ward (left) and Countrystyle MD Chris Howard 17 October 2014

Oxford recycling officer triumphs at LARAC 2014


A former recycling officer at Oxford city council and a partnership reuse project in Durham were among the winners at the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) Celebration Awards 2014 in Nottingham on Wednesday evening (October...

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DHL Envirosolutions: depot recycling and beyond

With businesses coming under increasing pressure to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, DHL Envirosolutions is looking up and down the supply chain to make savings for its customer base. As the environmental compliance ...

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Finding food waste feedstock

Finding food waste feedstock

Tamar Energy's director of operations Mat Stewart discusses the challenges in getting hold of food waste feedstock to feed anaerobic digestion plants. It goes without saying that every effort should be ...

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29 September 2014

Off the agenda

Party conference season is now in full swing, with all of the major parties setting out their stalls ahead of the May 2015 general election. Labour fired the starting gun in Manchester last weekend, with the Conservative ...

22 September 2014

Rogerson and RWM

The appearance of Dan Rogerson at the end of the RWM exhibition last week was something of a surprise, confusing and, truth be known, disappointing. The recycling, or resource minister, had already submitted a video address for the start of ...


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.