Plastics Thursday 30 March 2017
9 March 2017

WRAP tells councils to view black trays as ‘rubbish’

WRAP has today (March 9) given general advice to local authorities to add black plastic to their ‘not recycled’ list unless council contractors say otherwise, and consider the material ‘rubbish’. The charity has also ...


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28 March 2017

Knowaste appeal for nappy recycling plant dismissed


Following a rejected appeal for its nappy recycling facility in Hayes, West London, Knowaste is now set to explore potential site locations to the east of London. The move east comes in the latest stage of the company's trek ...

28 March 2017

WISH revises stack size and separation fire guidance


Updated guidance on the prevention of fires at waste management sites – including ‘firmer science’ on waste stack separation distances – has been published by the Waste Industry Safety & Health (WISH) Forum. The ...

Smethwick 27 March 2017

Smethwick recycler fined £160,000 over crush injuries


West Midlands-based plastics recycling business Arrow Recycling Ltd has been fined £160,000 after a worker suffered serious injuries after having been crushed by 400kg of baled cardboard. Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court last ...

7 March 2017

Exporters facing higher shipping costs


Rising prices for waste – recovered – paper could be pegged back by significant increases in the cost of container exports over the next six weeks. Recent weeks have seen a surge in the value of used cardboard and mixed papers...

6 March 2017

Audit Committee to probe bottle and coffee cup waste


The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the environmental impact of drinks packaging including plastic bottles and single-use coffee cups. The inquiry, which was announced on Saturday (4 ...

23 February 2017

Coca Cola offers support for deposit return schemes


Drinks giant Coca Cola Great Britain has backed the potential introduction of a deposit return scheme (DRS) for bottles and cans in Scotland, putting it at odds with councils and retailers who oppose the measure. Coca Cola GB, ...

16 February 2017

Ikea launches kitchen range using recycled plastic bottles


Plastic bottles recycled from households in Japan are being used in a kitchen range sold by the household goods and furniture giant Ikea. The company’s Kungsbacka kitchen range, which is available in Ikea stores from this month ...

14 February 2017

ACP praises PRN ‘value’ following packaging data


Data suggesting the UK’s packaging recycling and recovery rate rose by nearly 800,000 tonnes in 2016 shows the value of the PRN system, the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) has claimed. The ACP – a Defra-appointed body ...

13 February 2017

Packaging recycling likely to have hit 8.2m tonnes in 2016


Provisional data for the 2016 compliance year shows the amount of packaging recycled or recovered in the UK is likely to finish at an estimated 8.2 million tonnes. The estimated figure has been taken from monthly reporting figures...

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