LATEST NEWS Thursday 23 October 2014
23 October 2014

Market decline sees ‘dramatic fall’ in London textile thefts

Textiles thefts in London have fallen ‘dramatically’, according to new research from the Textile Recycling Association (TRA), which attributed the decline to a drop in market prices and proactive policing. The research found that ...

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Straight manufactures a range of waste container products, including food waste caddies 23 October 2014

Straight joins OnePlastics manufacturing group


The new owners of container manufacturer Straight have said the company will not be rebranded following its takeover, but will offer a more comprehensive range of products to local authority clients. The well-recognised Leeds-...

(L-R) Ray Georgeson presents the circular economy report with new CIWM president John Quinn 23 October 2014

Circular economy focus for new CIWM president


There is “still a lot of uncertainty” surrounding the circular economy, according to the findings of a CIWM survey published to coincide with the inauguration of its new president John Quinn this week (October 21). Former ...

Karmenu Vella has been elected as the commissioner for the environment 23 October 2014

Appointment round-up


With news on the  approval of Environment Commissioner by the European Parliament; senior staff appointments at Biffa, and; new managing director at G&P Batteries   MEPs approve Environment ...

packaging 22 October 2014

Q3 packaging data shows material surplus


Compliance schemes have welcomed further improvement in the provisional packaging waste recovery statistics released for the third quarter of 2014 today (October 22), with a further cooling of PRN prices forecast across the board.

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Waste sector critical of Defra ‘policy vacuum’


Figures from the waste management sector, local authorities and campaign groups have been united in criticism of government policy on waste following the publication of a damning report by MPs on waste management in England today (October 22...

Awards for Excellence 22 October 2014

Julie Hill to be new chair of WRAP


Former Green Alliance director and circular economy expert, Julie Hill, has been appointed as chair of the Waste & Resources Action Programme to succeed Peter Stone who will retire at the organisation's board meeting next month.

Torfaen council will continue to collect residual waste fortnightly from residents 22 October 2014

Torfaen to roll out ‘skinny bins’ in 2015


Councillors in the South Wales borough of Torfaen approved plans yesterday (October 21) to reduce the bin capacity available to households for residual waste, after residents disapproved of plans for a monthly refuse collection system.

MPs have criticised Defra's decision to 'step back' from policies on waste 22 October 2014

MPs put Defra under pressure over waste policy


Defra’s decision to ‘step back’ from implementing any new policies around waste and recycling is likely to jeopardise progress towards the 50% by 2020 EU recycling targets, MPs have warned. The warning came in a

The 430,000 tonnes-per-year capacity plant is being developed for the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) 21 October 2014

News in brief


With news on; SITA Sembcorp begins EfW construction; Nick Clegg visits Axion; FEAD calls for waste shipment data action; Ricardo-AEA wins OPRL contract, and; UKCM secures four-year Birmingham bin contract  

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29 September 2014

Off the agenda

Party conference season is now in full swing, with all of the major parties setting out their stalls ahead of the May 2015 general election. Labour fired the starting gun in Manchester last weekend, with the Conservative ...

22 September 2014

Rogerson and RWM

The appearance of Dan Rogerson at the end of the RWM exhibition last week was something of a surprise, confusing and, truth be known, disappointing. The recycling, or resource minister, had already submitted a video address for the start of ...


With the provisional recycling rates for 2013/14 released today, it is reassuring to see a number of local authorities in England have been able to maintain rates of 60% or more – well above the mandatory target of 50% set for 2020.