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Input data from MRFs will be used to assess collection quality 30 September 2014

Legal action ‘last resort’ over separate collections

The Environment Agency will only pursue legal action against those failing to meet the legal requirements for separate collections of recyclable materials from January 1 ‘as a last resort’. According to the Agency, it is seeking to avoid ‘costly and time-consuming’ legal action and will aim to ‘enable’ compliance ...


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The Viridor Poll

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

Wigan-Ambulance 30 September 2014

Woman dies in Worcester waste truck collision


Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian died following a collision with a waste lorry in the Shambles, Worcester city centre yesterday (September 29). The 69-year-old woman, who has not been named, was confirmed dead...

The gasification chambers at the Rank Recycling Scotland CHP facility 30 September 2014

Dumfries and Galloway awards heat supply contract


A contract has been agreed between Dumfries and Galloway council and the owner of the former Scotgen combined heat and power energy-from-waste plant for the supply of waste heat to the council’s planned Zero Waste Park. Under ...

Three businesses have struck gold in the latest Zero Waste Awards 30 September 2014

Gold for three businesses in Zero Waste Awards


Three organisations have received a Gold Zero Waste Award in recognition for their efforts to reduce waste and minimise their environmental impact, during the latest round of judging for 2014. The three successful candidates were ...

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News in Brief


With news on Transwaste fire; fine over safety failings; North Kesteven green waste ban approval; move to three weekly collections in Blaenau Gwent; and, Countrystyle contract. Manchester recycling firm fined £10k for safety failings

Nine of Scotland's 32 authorities recycled more than 50% of their waste in 2013 29 September 2014

Scottish councils miss 2013 recycling target


More than two thirds of Scotland’s councils fell short of the Scottish Government target to recycle 50% of household waste by 2013, according to figures published today (September 29). The

Nottingham city council is considering introducing a caddy for glass inside its 240 litre recycling bins 29 September 2014

Nottingham plans for separation of glass and paper


Plans by Nottingham city council to change its collection system to keep paper and glass apart under the new rules to separately collect glass, paper, plastics and metals have been backed by the Environment Agency. Speaking at a ...

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Agency closer to separate collection regime


The Environment Agency is in the final stages of preparing a risk-based regulatory regime for handling the separate collection rules deriving from the revised Waste Framework Directive. Speaking at a seminar organised by waste ...

HMRC recently consulted on its proposals for LOI testing 29 September 2014

Landfill tax banding proposal ‘overcomplicated’


Proposals for a landfill tax banding system which would see rates increase in line with higher loss on ignition results would be ‘too difficult to enforce’, a leading waste expert has suggested. Speaking as director of Waste ...

The Hooton Park facility will be built near Ellesmere Port 26 September 2014

Wirral EfW plant gets green light from council


Gasification specialist Biossence has won planning permission to build a 400,000 tonne-per-year capacity energy-from-waste plant at Hooton Park near Ellesmere Port. Wirral borough council decided to approve the £180 million ...

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‘Partnerships way forward for councils’ – Paul Deakin

Paul Deakin recently stepped down from a ‘short-term’ post as recycling manager for East Devon district council. Steve Eminton caught up with him to hear his reflections on local authorities and recycling. With a broad...

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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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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.