News Friday 10 July 2020
10 July 2020

Hampshire changes tack and rejects £34m MRF

Hampshire county council has opted against the idea of building a state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in 

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9 July 2020

Drop in demand hitting specialist plastic recyclers


Recyclers of plastic from end of life vehicles (ELVs) and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) across Europe have been “severely impacted” by the coronavirus outbreak, according to two recycling bodies.  

9 July 2020

WRAP unveils second plastic research grant


WRAP has opened the second round of funding from its £20 million Plastic Research and Innovation Fund (PRIF), with grants of up to £150,000 available to projects which "trial ways to implement refill infrastructure". An

9 July 2020

Concerns aired over ‘bad impression’ of export industry 


A small number of operators exporting plastic are tarnishing the reputation of the UK industry, two recycling firms have warned. Last month, a BBC investigation reported that some plastic waste from Britain sent to Turkey for ...

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...

8 July 2020

HSE warns of risks as firms focus on coronavirus


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 ...

8 July 2020

Geminor to import 50,000 tonnes of waste wood to UK


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 ...

8 July 2020

Advocacy groups slam EU plastic export controls


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 ...

7 July 2020

Pennon sale of Viridor moves closer


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 ...

7 July 2020

China ‘Solid Waste Law’ changes from September


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 ...