News Sunday 4 October 2015
Only retailers employing more than 250 will have to charge for single use plastic carrier bags under the legislation 2 October 2015

Retailers call for ‘less confusion’ on eve of bag charge

Large and medium-sized retailers in England will begin charging customers for single-use bags issued in shops from Monday (October 5), despite widespread criticism over the way the charge is to be applied. The ‘carrier bag levy’ – a policy proposal originally drawn up by the Lib Dem and Conservative Coalition Government...

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The Week in Waste – October 2 2015


Take a look at the ‘Week in Waste’ video report. In this week’s report by, sponsored by Biffa, we aim to give you a snapshot of the news in the world of recycling and waste management. This week we ...

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MRF data: the case for credibility


Freelance chartered waste manager and town planner, Deborah Sacks, offers her view on the latest reported data to arise from the MRF regulations. A friend of mine described to me how his son’s teacher had told his class...

Environment Agency officers carry out spot checks in Lincolnshire 2 October 2015

Officers target waste carriers in Lincolnshire


Enforcement officers carried out 46 spot checks on vehicles in Lincolnshire on Wednesday (September 30) in a bid to identify illegal waste carriers. The Environment Agency, Lincolnshire Police, Immigration Enforcement and officers...

BIS has confirmed submission of three WEEE compliance fee mechanisms 1 October 2015

Three WEEE compliance fee proposals submitted


The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has confirmed that three proposed mechanisms for setting a WEEE compliance fee mechanism for 2015 have been submitted. Among them is a proposal by the Joint Trade ...

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Broxbourne braced for waste collection changes


A new household waste collection system will be rolled out across Broxbourne from next week in a bid to reduce the cost of sending refuse to landfill. From Monday (October 5), residents in the Hertfordshire borough will see their ...

Input data from MRFs will be used to assess collection quality 1 October 2015

Scottish MRF code comes into effect


Scottish materials recycling facility (MRF) operators are required to measure the quality of the recyclable material that they receive and sort from today (October 1). The requirements, which are a part of the Waste (Recyclate ...

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Scotland sees minor recycling growth in 2014


Scotland’s councils recycled and composted 42.8% of the country’s household waste in 2014 - an increase of just 0.6% from the previous year’s performance, official data published today (September 30) suggests. The figures ...

(l-r): Richard Pugh, BGF and Keenan board members Jim Clark, Grant Keenan, Gregor Keenan and Mel Keenan (Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media) 30 September 2015

Multi-million pound investment to fuel Keenan expansion


A family-owned composting business in eastern Scotland has announced the injection of around £2.2 million in finance from the Business Growth Fund, as it seeks to expand its operation across Scotland. Keenan Recycling, which is ...

Cory will transfer its Southend-on-Sea contract to Veolia on Monday after 25 years 30 September 2015

Southend set for Veolia collection handover


Veolia is due to begin waste and recycling collections in Southend-on-Sea next week, under a new contract believed to be worth up to £150 million. The arrangement, which is set to turn for 15 and a half years, also includes ...

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