News Wednesday 8 April 2020
8 April 2020

Government advice published on waste social distancing

The government has issued guidance on how staff who are attending work in the waste sector can adhere to social distancing and other measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.   Within the advice, published by the Department for Business (BEIS) yesterday (...

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News in brief (08/04/20)


With news on: Environment Agency priority visits, local authorities paying suppliers, first aid cover during and pandemic, how to bag contaminated waste and Germinor's new office in Italy. 

8 April 2020

Biffa staff strike in the Wirral over COVID-19 fears


Unite members employed by Biffa Waste Services on Wirral council’s refuse collection contract went on strike yesterday (7 April), claiming the company had failed to take the workforce's concerns about the coronavirus seriously. ...

8 April 2020

RDF exports to the Netherlands halved


The amount of refuse derived fuel (RDF) exported to the Netherlands from England has nearly halved after the Dutch government 

7 April 2020

Recycling Technologies temporarily closes Swindon plant


Swindon-based company Recycling Technologies has announced that in light of the coronavirus pandemic it is to close its demonstration-scale plant at its Cheney Manor site temporarily. The company says that, during the plant’s ...

7 April 2020

Defra issues coronavirus waste services guide


Defra has today (7 April) published a non-statutory guide to help local authorities and other waste collectors prioritise and maintain their waste collection services during the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance document ...

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Crews remain at ‘significant’ plastics fire 


The Cleveland Fire Brigade has said it will remain on the scene of a “significant fire” at a plastics recycling facility owned by Greenology in Cleveland, North Yorkshire, for a few days.    Fire crews were called...

7 April 2020

Agency publishes ‘COVID-19 RPS’ on storage limits


The Environment Agency has issued a ‘COVID-19 regulatory position statement (RPS)’ outlining when companies can temporarily ...

7 April 2020

Stericycle submits plans for Telford plant


Clinical waste specialist Stericycle has applied for a permit to develop a healthcare waste treatment plant and transfer station at Stafford Park in Telford. With the capacity to treat 17,500 tonnes of hazardous waste and 7,300 ...

6 April 2020

All Welsh councils still operating recycling services


All local authorities in Wales are currently keeping kerbside recycling and food waste collections operational during the coronavirus pandemic.   Nationwide staff shortages in the waste collection ...