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A conveyor at one of Restore's new sites following the acquisition 26 August 2016

PHS Datashred sold in £83m deal to Restore

An £83.1 million acquisition has been concluded today (26 August) by Restore plc of PHS Data Solutions which includes PHS Datashred. The deal boosts the shredding work of Restore, propelling its activities into second place in the UK shredding market handling more than 90,000 tonnes of paper for recycling per annum. ...


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Is Surrey's decision fair to limit householders to taking in one bag of 'repairs' waste for free per day at HWRCs?

HMRC is due to lower the LOI threshold on landfill tax to 10% from April 1 26 August 2016

UK on course to meet EU landfill reduction target


The UK is comfortably on course to meet an EU target to reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) it sends to landfill, government figures published yesterday (25 August) show. The

Household_waste_collection@large 26 August 2016

LARAC slams ‘council bashing’ in wake of reject rate data


Councils should not be blamed for an increase in household recycling contamination, the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) has claimed. And, harmonising collection systems across local authorities in England is...

Bywater 26 August 2016

Has ‘theory’ overtaken ‘practicality?’


Responding to recent reports on contamination in recyclable waste and wider industry issues, John Glover, chief executive of London waste and recycling firm Bywaters writes for I entered the industry full...

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Following the path to PRN transparency


James Piper, managing director of compliance scheme ecosurety, outlines his desire to see greater transparency in the flow of funds through the PRN system. In September, ecosurety plans to change the way the waste and recycling ...

Ruby and  Stanley Viner working out whether the fizzy drinks cans are in  aluminium or steel 25 August 2016

News in Brief (25/08/16)


With news on: CountyClean Group rebrand; Mick George contract in Cambridgeshire; Young chemists inspired by energy from waste; Carrickfergus Mayor welcomes HRC upgrade, and; Helistrat becomes Living Wage Employer

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Kirklees refutes ‘14%’ household recycling reject claim


EXCLUSIVE: Kirklees council has refuted claims that it rejected more household materials for recycling than any other local authority in England last year, arguing the figures do not account for commercial waste. The BBC, via a ...

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier and beach 25 August 2016

Biffa hails North Somerset deal as SW ‘stepping stone’


North Somerset’s decision to award Biffa a seven-year household collections contract has been hailed by the waste firm as another “stepping stone into the South West municipal market”. Reported by in...

The EEW plant in Delfzijl 25 August 2016

Shanks in supply deal for Chinese-owned EfW plant


A Chinese-owned energy from waste plant in the Netherlands has secured a 10-year deal with waste management firm Shanks to burn 100,000 tonnes of RDF per annum for energy recovery. The agreement has been made by Shanks with ...

commingled collection 24 August 2016

Industry and councils react to reject rate fallout


Waste industry and local authority representatives are continuing to blame a rise in recycling reject rates on cuts to budgets and a lack of collection consistency. Figures obtained via a freedom of information request by the BBC ...

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Cut and dried solution

The organics recycling sector is looking to sustainability, and dry digestion could be one of the upcoming trends. For decades anaerobic digestion has been seen as a relatively simple, cost-effective solution for breaking down ...

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News last week that Air Products is to exit the energy from waste sector has come as little surprise to many in the waste industry. “It was inevitable,” tweeted Jarno Stet, waste services manager at Westminster city council...


The latest set of recycling figures shouldn't prompt a panic but they certainly merit a scrutiny of current strategies and approaches. Over the years there have been variations in the amount of green waste collected and this has ...

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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.