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Airports Commission recommends moving Lakeside EfW

A scheme to construct a third runway at Heathrow Airport – which would require the “removal and replacement” of the Lakeside energy from waste (EfW) plant and surrounding recycling facilities – has been recommended for government approval by the Airports Commission. In its long-awaited final report today (July 1), ...

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Green team gears up for 500km cycle challenge


VIDEO REPORT: Mayor of London Boris Johnson has offered his backing to some of the capital’s senior figures in the waste and recycling sector, who will be taking part in a gruelling 500km cycling challenge for charity. The newly...

A total of 11 fatalities were linked to waste and recycling activities in 2014/15, HSE has revealed 1 July 2015

Eleven waste-related deaths in 2014/15


Six members of the public were killed by waste and recycling activities, alongside five deaths to workers in Britain throughout 2014/15, figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today (July 1) suggest. The

Havant has agreed to push ahead on setting up a joint venture with Norse 1 July 2015

Havant approves Norse joint venture waste plan


Waste and recycling collections in Havant could be shared with Norse, after the Hampshire authority voted to pursue a joint venture with the Norfolk council-owned firm. The proposal, which was approved by Havant borough council’...

(l-r) James Capel and Peter Goodwin of Simply Cups with the scheme’s mascot 1 July 2015

News in Brief (01/07/2015)


With news of: training for O'Donovan; Scotland reuse store; Helistrat training approval; membership boost for Simply Cups, and; Multifuel supply deal.

Brighton & Hove believes the trials could be one way of boosting the city's recycling rate 30 June 2015

Brighton to consider wheeled bin collection trial


Wheeled bins could be rolled out to 4,500 households in Brighton & Hove from November under plans to improve the city’s flagging recycling rate. Under the city council proposals, the £135,000 trial would assess the impact ...

The grant forms part of the Welsh Government's £22 million funding for environmental organisations 30 June 2015

Welsh Government announces WRAP funding


The Welsh Government yesterday (June 29) announced a new raft of funding of almost £9.5 million for WRAP Cymru, in order to cover the charity’s core activities. The grant, which has been designated for the period October 2015 ...

Councillor Jacqui Beswick, Rochdale's cabinet member for environment 30 June 2015

Rochdale council backs three-weekly residual switch


Rochdale council looks set to follow in the footsteps of its neighbouring local authority Bury in switching to a three weekly collection schedule for residual waste. At a cabinet meeting yesterday (June 29), councillors approved ...

Joined by schoolchildren at the official opening were: (l-r) Dan Ingram, Biowise director ; Lord Haskins; James Landau, Biowise managing director 30 June 2015

Biowise opens £4.5 million IVC near Hull


A state of the art in-vessel composting (IVC) facility developed by recycling company Biowise was officially opened by Lord Haskins yesterday (June 29), at Willerby, near Hull. Over 100 guests joined Lord Haskins and Biowise ...

Northern Ireland's Environment Minister Mark H Durkan 29 June 2015

Northern Ireland to consider bottle deposit scheme


The Northern Irish Executive will consider whether to introduce a money-back scheme on drinks bottles, similar to that under review in Scotland, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has revealed. Mr Durkan made the revelation ...

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Defra has confirmed that Rory Stewart will handle the waste and recycling brief – and with it validation that the industry has not been forgotten by government. With the announcement coming less than 24 hours before the first ...


With the dust settling on what turned out to be a surprising and decisive result in the General Election, David Cameron’s Conservative majority government is now taking shape, with a number of key cabinet appointments announced.


Within the commodity markets that encompass the recycling sector, there is a huge amount of volatility and uncertainty at present. Ferrous metals markets have dived after the iron ore price fell. In paper, the value of used newspapers and ...