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All bags priced under 20p will attract the 5p levy from January 19 1 May 2015

EU bag laws include look at bio bag exemption

MEPs have approved new targets to cut plastic bag use and called on the Commission to investigate the use of oxo-biodegradable plastic carrier bags within the European Union. The targets have prompted a British manufacturer of oxo-biodegradable plastic bags, which have been proposed as an alternative to plastic carrier bags, to ...


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The Viridor Poll

What priority issues should the next government take up for the waste and recycling sector? (Choose 2 options)

PerthMap 1 May 2015

Suez fined for landfill leachate licence breach


Suez environnement was fined £20,000 at Perth Sheriff Court yesterday (30 April 2015) for its handling of leachate, a potentially polluting liquid, at its Binn landfill (Glenfarg) site. The company – which was trading as Sita ...

The Balcan system improves speed and safety 1 May 2015

Equipment round-up (01/05/15)


With news on; IRD increases PET plastics output; BlueMAC MRF for Murray Browns; Balcan Engineering launches new plastic lamp processor; UNTHA unveils XR-C waste shredder, and; SEaB Flexibuster mini plants  

Nigel Farage is contesting the South Thanet seat 1 May 2015

In the Spotlight: UKIP


With the race for Number 10 heating up, takes a look at the parliamentary candidates for the waste and recycling industry to watch when Britain goes to the polls on May 7.

The Environment Agency has outlined details relating to how it will police the requirements for the separate collection of recyclable materials from 2015 30 April 2015

Cheshire West keeps Eunomia’s carbon crown


Cheshire West and Chester council has held onto its place at the top of Eunomia’s carbon league, by saving the highest amount of CO2 through recycling of all the authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The north ...

AEB's waste incinerator in Amsterdam was hit by a major fire in November 2014, but started taking delivering of RDF from the UK again this month 30 April 2015

March brings another record for RDF exports


Exports of refuse derived fuel (RDF) from England and Wales have once again broken records with latest figures showing the largest ever overall monthly tonnage of material was shipped out during March 2015. Environment Agency date...

The LGA wants producers to contribute to council waste collection costs 30 April 2015

LGA: Producers must support waste collection costs


Revised EU circular economy plans should require producers to pay a full cost contribution for waste collections and disposal by 2030, the Local Government Association (LGA) has suggested. In an a

Eric Pickles would continue his weekly waste collections campaign if re-elected 30 April 2015

In the Spotlight: Conservatives


With the race for Number 10 heating up, takes a look at the parliamentary candidates for the waste and recycling industry to watch when Britain goes to the polls on May 7.

The Wijster energy from waste plant in the Netherlands, one of the incinerators understood to have been used in the research 29 April 2015

Waste incinerators ‘do not affect’ nearby agriculture


Waste incinerator emissions do not reduce the quality of nearby crops and milk production, a decade-long study publicised by the European Commission this week has concluded. The research was undertaken in the Netherlands and ...

The box is intended to make it easier for households to accomodate separate boxes 29 April 2015

Conwy rolls out ‘Trolibocs’ recycling containers


Conwy county borough council in northern Wales has completed the rollout of an innovative stackable recycling box for use across its kerbside recycling scheme. The rollout of the new system follows a Welsh Government-backed ...

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Polls apart: a waste sector view on the election manifestos

Following last year’s ‘Mapping the politics of waste’ report assessing how the UK’s political landscape ...

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Creating a sustainable recycling industry for the UK

Jacob Hayler, executive director of the Environmental Services Association outlines some of the recycling issues that will need to be addressed in the wake of the General Election. We are all aware that the UK’s ...



Within the commodity markets that encompass the recycling sector, there is a huge amount of volatility and uncertainty at present. Ferrous metals markets have dived after the iron ore price fell. In paper, the value of used newspapers and ...


This week the Liberal Democrats were back on the campaign trail and displaying their green credentials, with a pledge to introduce a 70% recycling target for England if elected in May. This was just one of a number of ...


With some polls indicating it is on course to win 10% of the vote at the May general election, it seems the Green Party has never been so popular. While the surge in support may be a backlash towards the policies of others – the...