News Sunday 17 January 2021
15 January 2021

Chinese demand among factors in ferrous rise

Ferrous scrap prices have risen to some of their highest levels for more than seven years but are now edging down. The rise over the last few weeks of 2020 and the first week of the New Year has been seen against a backdrop of low volumes of material in the supply chain, with strengthening demand for steel products in China ...

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15 January 2021

SEPA responds to ransom challenge in cyber attack  


The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is responding to an ongoing ransomware attack, which it says it likely being carried out by “international serious and organised cyber-crime groups”. Yesterday (14 January), ...

15 January 2021

Lawyers in modern slavery move on Biffa and Smart Solutions


A pre-action protocol letter has been sent to Biffa, Smart Solutions, and the latter's umbrella company FS Commercial, warning that legal action will be launched on behalf of three victims of the "largest-ever modern slavery ring uncovered in...

15 January 2021

Wheelabrator and AWM strike Skelton Grange RDF deal


Leeds-based Associated Waste Management (AWM) has signed a 10-year deal with Wheelabrator Technologies to supply the latter firm’s Skelton Grange plant with refuse derived fuel (RDF). Part of the wider Irish-owned Beauparc group...

15 January 2021

GMB urges sector to boost Covid safety for crews


A GMB Union organiser for the workforce providing waste services in Milton Keynes has urged the waste sector to increase its focus on health and safety, following the death of two RCV drivers because of coronavirus. The two ...

15 January 2021

EU regulations ‘not perfect’ as Agency welcomes Brexit


The chief executive of the Environment Agency has criticised EU environmental regulation and welcomed Brexit as an opportunity to rethink its future. In a speech made on 13 January for an environment conference, Sir James ...

14 January 2021

Two RCV drivers die from Covid in Milton Keynes


Two refuse workers employed by Serco on their contract for Milton Keynes council have died after testing positive for Covid-19. The staff members were both drivers but working on separate teams, Serco has confirmed. This ...

14 January 2021

Urbaser acquires six Amey waste contracts  


Environmental services company Urbaser has acquired six waste management contracts from Amey, with a portfolio value of over £30 million per year. The contracts involve waste and recycling collections, street cleansing and ...

14 January 2021

Indaver in financial close on Rivenhall EfW plant


Financial close has been reached on the Rivenhall energy from waste project in Essex, operator Indaver announced today (14 January). Indaver will design, build and operate the energy from waste (EfW) plant and is the 100% owner of...

14 January 2021

Biffa posts ‘stronger than expected’ Q3


Biffa says that after a “stronger than expected” third quarter of the 2020/21 financial year its net revenues stood at around 95% of where they were in the same period in 2019/20. The waste management company says its ...

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