News Saturday 23 March 2019
22 March 2019

Six month timetable for India plastics restriction

EXCLUSIVE: India’s ban on plastic waste imports will come into effect at the end of August, documents seen by have indicated. The country’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) announced that it had banned the import of plastic scrap, in a bulletin posted on 6 March (

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22 March 2019

‘No default technology for food waste’ – Defra


Mandatory food waste collections proposed for households in England will focus on the way food waste is “presented”, a senior Defra official said last week. Addressing the annual conference of the Organics Recycling Group at ...

22 March 2019

Greater Manchester prepares final waste contracts


Major contracts to provide waste management services on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority are being finalised and are expected to be awarded to Suez next month. GMCA has today confirmed Suez as its preferred ...

22 March 2019

Rookery Pit ERF reaches financial close


Veolia is to supply the feedstock for a major waste facility in Bedfordshire - the Rookery Pit Energy Recovery Facility - which achieved financial close today (22 March). Veolia owns a 20% stake in the 545,000 tonnes-per-year ...

22 March 2019

US plastics firm lines up RPC Group acquisition


One of the UK’s largest plastics manufacturing and recycling businesses RPC Group – looks set to be taken over by the US plastic packaging giant Berry Global in a deal worth up to £5 billion. Berry announced this morning (22 ...

22 March 2019

Urbaser and Veolia tie-up waste contracts


Urbaser and Veolia have announced the award of renewed waste services contracts with two local authorities in north London and the north west of England respectively. Veolia has extended its waste and recycling contract with Wyre ...

21 March 2019

DS Smith warns of ‘overloaded’ recycling capacity


The UK’s kerbside recycling infrastructure is not set up to cope with packaging materials from a growth in online retail, packaging recycler and manufacturer DS Smith has claimed. The company has today (21 March) published ...

21 March 2019

Council links HWRC charge to fly-tipping rise


A Surrey local authority has linked the county’s introduction of a charge for tipping ‘non-household’ waste at household waste recycling centres (HWRCs), to an increase in fly-tipping. However, Spelthorne borough council, ...

21 March 2019

Bradford campaign slows recycling contamination


A campaign launched to combat recycling contamination in Bradford has seen an improvement in material quality, the council has reported. The council’s campaign follows difficulties at the council’s materials recycling facility...

21 March 2019

Agency warns over plastics in compost and AD


The Environment Agency has threatened a crackdown on poor performing composting and AD sites, where plastic is found in material to be spread to land. And the action could have a knock-on effect on local authorities who could be ...

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