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Closed: the entrance to the Aylesford Newsprint mill 27 February 2015

Aylesford closure prompts recycling resilience concern

The resilience of the UK recycling industry should be considered as a matter of urgency by the new government after the May general election, a leading local authority resources partnership has said. The Kent Resource Partnership...


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Set to open in July, the Shanks facility includes a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) and anaerobic digestion (AD) plant 27 February 2015

Shanks accepts first waste load at Rotherham plant


Shanks Group has accepted the first delivery of waste for treatment at its 265,000 tonnes-per-year capacity waste recovery facility in Manvers, Rotherham. The facility, which has been developed in partnership with Scottish and ...

Avonmouth - copyright Bristol Port Authority 26 February 2015

Agency satisfied Avonmouth dust levels are safe


Dust levels at Avonmouth docks near Bristol do not pose a risk to public health, the Environment Agency has concluded, after carrying out air quality monitoring close to premises operated by metal recycler Sims Metal Management and waste wood...

Grant Keenan welcomed the councils' decision to reward the contract to the firm 25 February 2015

Keenan Recycling awarded £2.7m Moray contract


Scottish firm Keenan Recycling has been awarded a five-year contract to treat mixed organic waste on behalf of Moray council. The Aberdeenshire-based company will treat around 12,000 tonnes of municipal food and green waste each ...

One of the two paper machines inside the Aylesford mill 25 February 2015

Councils face newspaper price crash


Local authorities and contractors across England and Wales were today assessing the impact of the closure of the Aylesford Newsprint mill in Kent. They are facing challenges on the pricing front as well as actually moving used newspapers and ...

Waste services provider Yorwaste is wholly owned by York city council and North Yorkshire county council 25 February 2015

York to decide on Teckal status for waste services


A council-owned company in York could be awarded waste contracts without undergoing a competitive procurement process, if approved by the city council at a meeting next week. Yorwaste Ltd, which is owned by North Yorkshire and ...

Closed: the entrance to the Aylesford Newsprint mill 24 February 2015

Russia blamed as Aylesford enters administration


Aylesford Newsprint has this morning (February 24) appointed finance and tax firm KPMG as its administrator. The appointment of KPMG comes after the paper mill, which makes recycled newsprint, told staff yesterday that it was ...

Caroline Lucas MP addressed the Green Party's key campaign themes at the launch in London 24 February 2015

Green Party MP defends Brighton’s recycling record


Green MP Caroline Lucas has defended Brighton’s recycling performance at the launch of the Green Party election campaign in London today (February 24) – arguing the Party has inherited a ‘poisoned chalice’ from Labour. ...

Reuse pic 24 February 2015

Successful partnerships ‘key to driving reuse’


Successful partnerships are “key” to driving up levels of reuse, according to WRAP, which today (February 24) published a range of materials aimed at encouraging local authorities, businesses and the third sector to team up. ...

A report has warned of the potential negative effect of a reduction in funding for council communications schemes 24 February 2015

Protect council comms budgets, LARAC warns


A senior local authority recycling officer has warned of the effect of slashing council communications budgets on public engagement in recycling and the quality of recyclable material collected from households. Lee Marshall, chief...

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