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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 yesterday reveal 338,000 tonnes of household waste in England had been rejected from materials ...


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The Viridor Poll

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

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Sussex man jailed for dumping waste wood


A waste criminal who went on the run after illegally stockpiling over 1,200 tonnes of waste wood on an industrial estate in Uckfield, East Sussex has been jailed for 12 months. Tom McCabe, 32, from Worthing, West Sussex, was ...

The Waste4fuel  site has seen a large number of fires over the years 24 August 2016

Bromley set to close Waste4fuel land deal


The London borough of Bromley is set to acquire the land of the former Waste4fuel site in Orpington with the aim of clearing the area, which remains a persistent fire hazard. The Cornwall Drive site has been under scrutiny ...

Councils in Wales have provisionally hit a 60% recycling average for the first time 24 August 2016

Welsh councils set to hit 60% recycling


The average amount of waste recycled by councils in Wales has hit 60% for the first time, according to internal figures published by the Welsh Government today (24 August). Provisional data for 2015/16 shows recycling has grown by...

SSI Schäfer's Pro Wave containers are available in 240l, 120l and 80l options 22 August 2016

SSI Schäfer announces ‘major’ manufacturing investment


SSI Schäfer has invested in three state-of-the-art multi injection presses and tools to expand production of its PRO WAVE range. The PRO 240 WAVE was launched in 2014 – and SSI Schäfer claims that the container is one of the ...

The £6.5 million plant was set up with financial help from LWARB. 24 August 2016

Ecotech sale ‘not possible’ say administrators


EXCLUSIVE: Administrators for the East London plastic bottle recycler Ecotech have ended their search for a buyer for the business, after it was found that ‘significant hurdles’ were in the way of operations at the Rainham site.

East Devon waste containers - existing contractor Suez has secure a new £30m deal with the council 23 August 2016

East Devon to roll out three-weekly residual collection service


East Devon district council has released details of the roll-out of its three-weekly residual waste collection regime which is due to come into effect across the borough from February 2017. In March this year, the council ...

CCIC managing director Shouyun Huang said the organisation already has a good relationship with the Association and its members 23 August 2016

CCIC joins Recycling Association to push export quality


Pre-shipment accreditation body China Certification & Inspection Group (CCIC) has joined the Recycling Association – calling for closer ties between the recycling industry and end users of material in the Far East. CCIC – ...

ESA suggests that only 3.5% of household waste collected for recycling is rejected 23 August 2016

Defra targets recycling ‘confusion’ amid 3.5% reject claim


The government has pledged to work with councils in England to make recycling “less confusing”, after it was revealed today that reject rates have increased 84% over the past four years. A BBC Freedom of Information request ...

Hampshire's Eastleigh HWRC 23 August 2016

Hampshire to keep HWRCs open amidst spending cuts


Following a public consultation, Hampshire council has announced its entire network of 24 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) across the county will stay open. A public consultation was carried out in March, asking residents...

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Are local authorities driving waste on the road to nowhere?

OPINION: In an exclusive column for Neil Grundon, deputy chairman of Grundon Waste Management offers his view on efficiency in public sector waste services. In the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher took a scythe to...

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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 ...

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.