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Defra appoints Phil Conran as ACP chair

Phil Conran has been appointed as the new chair of the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced today (22 December). Mr Conran, who currently serves as director of consultancy 360 Environmental, takes on the role from Bob Lisney – who stepped down in September ...

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Glasgow bin lorry crash cropped - credit Adam Shaw 22 December 2014

Casualties feared after collection vehicle collision in Glasgow


A Glasgow council waste collection lorry has crashed in central Glasgow this afternoon (December 22), with fears that several people may have been seriously injured or killed. Police Scotland confirmed that a road accident ...

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Veolia and Amey Cespa vie for Isle of Wight contract


Isle of Wight council has shortlisted two final bidders for its long-term household waste and recycling contract, worth an estimated £225 million. Veolia and Amey Cespa will vie to win the 15-25 year contract, which will see one ...

(l-r) Recoup chief executive Stuart Foster and Defra minister Dan Rogerson mark the launch of the Pledge 4 Plastics campaign in September 22 December 2014

Recoup sees rise in plastics communications schemes


Local authorities are increasingly turning their focus to plastic waste from households in a bid to increase recycling rates, plastics recycling body Recoup has claimed. This is among the findings of Recoup’s annual

William Ward suffered 'catastrophic crush injuries' when the side of the barge collapsed on him 22 December 2014

EMR and Birmingham council fined over safety failings


European Metal Recycling Ltd has been fined £150,000 and ordered to pay £80,000 in costs following the death of a worker at its depot in Warwickshire. This was one of two recycling-related cases successfully prosecuted by the ...

As much as 32% of plastic packaging may have been recycled in 2013 19 December 2014

Plastic packaging recycling rate ‘4% higher’ than thought


Defra is to consider whether to review recycling targets for plastic packaging, following the release of a report suggesting that the current recycling rate for waste plastic packaging is higher than ...

refuse collection wales 19 December 2014

Committee looks to future of recycling in Wales


Wales will need to do more if it hopes to hit ‘increasingly demanding’ recycling targets in the future, an inquiry by the National Assembly for Wales Environment and Sustainability committee has found. Publishing its findings ...

Norfolk EfW 19 December 2014

Norfolk rules out building incinerator at Saddlebow site


Norfolk county council has opted retain the site in King’s Lynn previously earmarked for the doomed Saddlebrow energy from waste plant – but has ruled out using the site to develop another incinerator. Earlier this year, ...

LARAC has slammed a challenge to VAT exemptions on trade waste collections for councils 18 December 2014

VAT exemptions challenge ‘not in Christmas spirit’


An application to overturn VAT exemptions for councils offering trade waste collections could have ‘dire consequences for thousands of small businesses’, the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) warned today (December 18...

Chris Dow 05 crop 18 December 2014

Plastics: the challenge for 2015


Chris Dow, chief executive of Dagenham- based plastics recycling firm Closed Loop looks ahead to the challenges faced in the coming year.

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The decision by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and the Environmental Services Association to set up Resources & Waste UK is certainly an interesting one. There are a number of current reasons why the two coming together in this...

13 November 2014

A tale of two cities

As the Welsh Government revealed councils in Wales had achieved a combined recycling rate of 54% today, there was cause for celebration – and concern – in the country’s two largest cities. Swansea was the real success ...

28 October 2014

Bowing out

It was to resounding applause that Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik left his final European Environment Council meeting today (October 28). But his final Environment Council appearance – on his proposed package for higher waste and ...