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Work on harmonisation is also likely to touch on the types of collection containers used by councils 12 February 2016

Harmonisation drive could centre on three options

Guidance on harmonisation and consistency in local authority recycling and waste collections across England has taken a step closer, with a potential for three recommended systems likely to emerge. WRAP has today outlined details of the project, which has been set up under the instruction of the Defra minister Rory Stewart, who ...


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The Week in Waste – 12 February 2016


Take a look at the ‘Week in Waste’ video report. In this week’s report by, sponsored by Biffa, Michael Holder looks at Conwy council's potential move to four-weekly residual waste collections and ...

Luton will not be charging for green waste collections 12 February 2016

Luton discards idea of garden waste charges


Luton borough council has said that it won’t be charging for garden waste collections following a proposal put forward in its 2015/16 recommended savings spreadsheet. Last year (February 2015) the council produced a ...

Mary Creagh, Labour MP for Wakefield, has been elected as the EAC's chair 12 February 2016

Mary Creagh MP elected EAC chair


Labour’s former Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh has been elected as the new chair of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, the Speaker of the House of Commons announced today (February 10). The MP for ...

The latest provisional Q4 data indicates that packaging recycling targets will be met 2015 12 February 2016

Early Q4 data shows final push for PRNs


Provisional packaging waste recycling data for the final quarter of 2015 has been released by the Environment Agency, showing most of the recycling targets have been met comfortably. However, some materials are expected to begin ...

Bigbelly bins offer advertising and waste management opportunities 12 February 2016

Bigbelly and EMG in advertising partnership


Taylor Group has partnered with Environment Media Group to help local authorities unlock the advertising opportunities of the Bigbelly range of bins in the UK. Taylor took over the running of the Bigbelly brand “the architect of...

30,000 tonnes of household goods is going to landfill due to contamination 11 February 2016

Councils face £2.25m landfill tax bill due to flood damage


Local authorities across the UK face over £2.25 million in landfill tax as a result of having to dispose of 30,000 tonnes of flood damaged goods, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).   The analysis carried ...

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Recyclers ‘resilient’ despite economic volatility


In the face of falling stock markets there are ongoing concerns about the Chinese economy and world commodity markets among recyclers and reprocessors. But, there are also reasons to remain resilient and positive,  ...

Tranmere Rovers Football Club will wear B&M's logo on its kit 11 February 2016

News in brief (11/02/2016)


With news on: NLWA launching waste prevention conference; Grundon switch to carbon neutral sacks; Keenan Recycling launching oil recycling initiative; B&M Waste Management sponsors football club: and UKWSL wins contract with Roadchef.

Mr Wincott says education is needed to reduce contamination 11 February 2016

Fife contamination ‘not linked’ to residual reduction


Fife council in the east of Scotland has repeated a call to residents to reduce contamination in recycling loads, having been blighted by a long-running issue with non-target materials in bins. In a statement, the council said...

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Municipal waste services: in or out?

Dr Adam Read of environmental consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment examines the issues around private and public sector-run waste services, in the wake of January's Remunicipalisation Conference. Since the 1980s ...

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Is large-scale gasification viable?

It’s green, flexible, and readily available. So why is large-scale thermal gasification slow to take off? Tom Goulding reports.

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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 ...