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Commission finalising circular economy proposals

EU Commission officials and politicians will have final discussions over the details of the new ‘circular economy package’ on Monday, ahead of its planned official adoption on Wednesday (2 December). The Commission vice president, Frans Timmermans, and Commissioner for Jobs and Growth, Jyrki Katiaien will officially ...


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Vanston to leave Kent for Cambridgeshire council pair


The manager of the Kent Resource Partnership, Paul Vanston, is to leave the organisation in 2016 to become head of waste resources for a pair of councils in Cambridgeshire. In mid-February, Mr Vanston will start work in his ...

Viridor's new ERFs are contributing to Pennon Group's performance 27 November 2015

Pennon reports strong Viridor earnings


Viridor’s parent company, Pennon Group, released its half year results to 30 September 2015 today (27 November). They show that the group delivered a strong earnings performance helped by Viridor’s energy recovery facilities (ERFs).

Surrey will charge users for disposing of large amounts of household waste 27 November 2015

Surrey to reduce HWRC hours to save £1.8m


Surrey county council has announced that it is to reduce the operating hours at its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in a bid to save £1.8 million in costs per year. Plans to change the service, which include closing...

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The Week in Waste – 27 November 2015


Take a look at the ‘Week in Waste’ video report. In this week’s report by, sponsored by Biffa, we aim to give you a snapshot of the news in the world of recycling and waste management. This week we ...

Paper packaging recovery notes have soared in price following a poor year for recovery performance 27 November 2015

Paper PRNs soar to £5 per tonne


Paper PRN prices have rocketed in the wake of increased pressure to meet the packaging recovery obligation during the final quarter of 2015. The packaging recovery notes, which are issued by reprocessors or exporters to producers ...

Consideration of the plastics PRN needs an all-round view, suggests Valpak 26 November 2015

Defra proposes lowering plastic packaging target


Long-awaited proposals to amend the plastic and glass packaging recycling targets have today (26 November) been outlined by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The

A report has called for a revised strategy for tackling waste crime in Northern Ireland 26 November 2015

Northern Ireland falls short of 45% recycling target


Northern Ireland has missed its target to recycle or compost 45% of its household waste by the end of March 2015, figures published today by the Department for Environment indicate. The revelation comes amongst the findings of the...

Salford 26 November 2015

Salford approves three weekly collections trials


Plans to trial three weekly collections in parts of Salford will go ahead next year after the city council approved the scheme this week. The pilot, which will see residual waste collected once every three weeks, will be rolled ...

LARAC has criticised the level of cuts inflicted on authorities in yesterday's spending review 26 November 2015

LARAC questions government ‘commitment’ to 50% recycling


Council recycling officers have questioned the government’s commitment to meeting the 50% recycling target by 2020 – after local authority funding was more than halved in the latest round of spending cuts. The measures, ...

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Stobart Energy plots UK wood processing expansion

The increase in biomass plants coming online in next five years alongside long term waste wood supply contracts will help to “bring stability” to the wood recycling market, according to the chief executive of Stobart Energy & ...

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Unpacking the war on food waste

Professor Leon Terry, director of agrifood at Cranfield University discusses the factors leading...



      25 November 2015

      Sweetening the pill

      The Chancellor’s announcement today that Defra will be spared some of the heavy cuts envisaged over the next five years will cause many in the waste industry to breathe a sigh of relief.

      13 November 2015

      ‘Cross the Mersey

      Away from Anfield this week, councillors and waste bosses in Merseyside were passing around a political football of their own. Bin collections became a focus point for many districts and boroughs in the region, following Liverpool...

      7 October 2015

      Consistent messages

      It is two years since last attended the Conservative Party conference, and the difference in mood between 2013 and 2015 was palpable. Coalition tensions, policy uncertainty and the threat of a loss of ...