LATEST NEWS Wednesday 8 July 2020
8 July 2020

Viridor sale completed with Wakelin as chairman

Global investment firm KKR completed its £4.2 billion acquisition of waste firm Viridor from Pennon Group today (8 July). Phil Piddington, who has been Viridor’s managing director since 2016, assumes the role of the company’s chief executive officer. He said KKR had recognised the strategic value of Viridor’s UK recycling...

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Waste fuel specialist Geminor says it plans to import 50,000 tonnes of waste wood for recycling to the UK in 2020 in response to increased demand. The company says its first ever shipment of waste wood to the UK arrived in late ...

Yet more confirmation that China will be banning the import of “solid waste” – which includes waste paper and scrap metal – has emerged. Today (7 July) the Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling commented that ...

A dozen environmental advocacy organisations have come together to criticise the European Union for not applying controls on the export of plastic waste to trade between its own member states. Last week, the European Commission ...

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged waste management companies not to forget to control other risks while taking measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The government agency says there has been an increase ...

The sale of Viridor to Planets UK Bidco Limited is expected to be completed imminently as Pennon Group applied to list 297,283 additional ordinary shares on the London Stock Exchange today (7 July). In an announcement this ...

Attorneys Aaron Goldberg and Weiwei Luo of Beveridge & Diamond, Washington analyse the amendments to the Solid Waste Law of China agreed at the end of April and coming into force in September.

Fresh Waste Services has opened a new recycling facility using sorting and other equipment supplied by Kiverco at a site at Hilton Square in Swinton, Manchester. The facility at opened in March just a few ...

SmartestEnergy has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement deal to buy the electricity generated at the Newhurst energy from waste (EfW) facility in Leicestershire. The deal has been announced a day after waste management ...

The utilities partnership Energy and Utility Skills has reaffirmed its commitment to apprenticeships, as industries and employers across the UK struggle with financial pressures. The organisation, which amongst others includes ...

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Looking ahead to our post-pandemic environment

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on consumer awareness to waste and recycling, writes Tim Gent, director of UK glass recycling company Recresco. ... read more

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