News Friday 9 October 2015
The grant forms part of the Welsh Government's £22 million funding for environmental organisations 9 October 2015

Wales’ recycling rate passes 56%

Councils in Wales achieved a combined recycling rate of 56.2% in 2014/15, figures published by the Welsh Government yesterday (October 8) suggest. This represents an increase of 1.9%, compared to the previous year, and cements Wales’ place as the highest performing country within the UK.

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BIR paper division president, Ranjit Baxhi 8 October 2015

BIR paper president highlights market ‘bright spots’


Markets for waste or ‘recovered’ paper continue to show some stability against a background of generally weak commodities. Confirmation that relatively low stock levels in the sector have been a factor in the ...

Halton launched the recycling rewards scheme in 2009 8 October 2015

Pioneering recycling rewards scheme axed


Halton council – which was among the pioneers of a recycling rewards scheme in England – is to stop offering incentives to residents for recycling, blaming a cut in its funding from central government. The Merseyside borough ...

A joint contract for the recycling of glass is expected to go live in July 2016 8 October 2015

Scottish councils seeking joint glass contracts


The Scottish Government’s Materials Brokerage Service - a joint platform for local authorities to market and trade recyclable materials – is underway, with an initial joint contract for the sale of glass going out to market. ...

MSP Richard Lochhead 7 October 2015

Scotland to set food waste reduction target


Scotland is to introduce a formal target for the reduction of food waste, the Scottish Government’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced. The minister announced the proposal at the Scottish Resources Conference ...

Manchester Central - the location for the 2015 Conservative Party Conference 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 ...

Householders in Colchester currently have their recyclables collected via separate containers, but the council has indicated it may consider a change in policy 7 October 2015

Colchester to vote on waste strategy review


Colchester council will next week decide whether to review its current waste strategy in favour of an “alternative” direction for services in the borough. And, if approved, the appraisal looks likely to examine whether ...

J&B has expanded its work for Lidl in north east England 6 October 2015

News in Brief (06/10/2015)


With news on: Southern Housing re-use hub; Mick George growth; J&B retailer tie-up; WRAP bag funding, and; Hambleton fleet renewal.

Rory S at Conservative Conference panel cropped 6 October 2015

Stewart bids to end ‘madness’ around recycling regimes


Defra minister Rory Stewart looks set to pursue his vision to move England’s local authorities towards a set of ‘more consistent’ policies in waste and recycling collections. Speaking during a fringe session at the ...

The TRA has warned the Environment Agency's failure to listen to industry could result in more tyre fires 6 October 2015

Tyre recyclers hit out at Agency fire guidance


The Environment Agency’s failure to listen to tyre recyclers on stack sizes could inadvertently increase the risk of fires on waste sites. This was the message from the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) today as it urged the ...

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