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Lincolnshire opening 28 November 2014

Cable praises ‘renewable’ EfW at opening of Lincolnshire plant

Officially opening Lincolnshire county council's new energy from waste plant yesterday (November 27), Business Secretary, Vince Cable, praised the facility as an example of a reliable renewable energy process. The plant at North Hykeham, just north of the city, is operated by FCC Environment under a 25 year residual waste ...


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An artist's impression of Viridor's proposed East Lothian facility 28 November 2014

Pennon results highlight Viridor energy growth


Waste management firm Viridor has reached a turning point in its transition to an ‘energy, recycling and resource’ business, its parent company Pennon Group has claimed, upon announcement of the firm’s half year 2014/15 financial ...

RA vid still 28 November 2014

Video highlights recycling contamination ‘challenge’


The Resource Association has produced a video to demonstrate to local authorities the effects of contamination on the quality and value of recyclable materials. The video, titled ‘Contamination – The Enemy of Recycling’, was...

Peter Hardy, Eco's commercial director, inspects the plant at the company's Parley site 28 November 2014

Eco installs £1m street sweeping plant in Parley


A £1 million street sweepings recycling plant which it is claimed could save councils hundreds of thousands of pounds a year has been installed at Eco Sustainable Solutions’ Parley site in Dorset. The ‘state-of-the-art’ ...

The report factors in both existing EfW capacity and plants under development. Pictured is Viridor's Exeter EfW facility which began operations in July 2014 27 November 2014

Eunomia revises EfW surplus prediction


Waste consultancy Eunomia has brought forward its estimate as to when the UK will have too much available energy-from-waste treatment capacity, stating that the country is on course for a surplus by 2017/18. And, the ...

The European Commission is currently considering whether to amend plans for proposed new legislation on waste and recycling 27 November 2014

Businesses lobby for rethink of EU waste proposals


A trade body representing Europe’s businesses has called for proposals put forward by the European Commission aimed at improving resource efficiency to be redrafted. BUSINESSEUROPE, which represents 39 business organisations...

Pollington pellet mill (2) small 27 November 2014

Veolia Pollington biomass plant ‘still on hold’


Plans to develop a £120 million waste wood biomass power facility in Yorkshire are “still on hold” according to waste and energy firm Veolia. Then-energy minister Charles Hendry first granted consent for the plant, to be ...

Example of some of the waste sent for spreading on land 27 November 2014

Norfolk firm fined for illegally spreading waste to land


A Norfolk-based waste firm has been ordered to pay more than £8,000 for spreading nearly 4,000 tonnes contaminated waste on farm land. Glazewing Ltd, based in West Dereham, was fined £3,600 for the offence and ordered to pay ...

The charges help fund the Agency's regulation of waste sites 27 November 2014

Waste sector concern over higher compliance charges


The Environment Agency’s proposals to increase compliance charges for poor-performing waste sites have been branded ‘draconian’ by the United Resources Operators Consortium (UROC). And the Environmental Services ...

Recyclers have issued a warning over the value of recyclable materials 26 November 2014

Recyclers in commodities price warning


The Recycling Association has today (November 26) urged businesses not to be complacent over the state of the global economy and has issued a warning over the falling value of recyclable materials. The Association, which largely ...

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Birds Eye parent firm launches food waste campaign

Renowned for its fish fingers, Birds Eye’s owner Iglo Group has joined the fight against food waste by launching a new campaign called Forever Food Together, which encourages consumers to freeze more of their food or buy more frozen to ...

Increasing recycling: where next?

Increasing recycling: where next?

Dan Cooke, director of external affairs at waste and resources firm Viridor, reflects on the latest household waste recycling data for England, which shows that progress towards EU recycling targets is continuing to stagnate. The UK has ...



The decision by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and the Environmental Services Association to set up Resources & Waste UK is certainly an interesting one. There are a number of current reasons why the two coming together in this...

13 November 2014

A tale of two cities

As the Welsh Government revealed councils in Wales had achieved a combined recycling rate of 54% today, there was cause for celebration – and concern – in the country’s two largest cities. Swansea was the real success ...

28 October 2014

Bowing out

It was to resounding applause that Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik left his final European Environment Council meeting today (October 28). But his final Environment Council appearance – on his proposed package for higher waste and ...