News Tuesday 17 October 2017
17 October 2017

NIC concern over carbon emissions from burning plastics

The National Infrastructure Commission has produced a draft document suggesting that waste plastic materials should not be burnt in energy from waste plants because of the carbon emissions caused. Providing the government with "impartial, expert advice on major long-term infrastructure challenges", the Commission is currently ...

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Colours of bins 13 October 2017

WRAP consults on national colour scheme for bins


WRAP’s head of resource management, Linda Crichton has unveiled a consultation document on  a national colour scheme for waste and recycling bins and containers in England. However, the actual colours will be consulted on later.

13 October 2017

East Devon changes bring 57% recycling rate


East Devon district council is reporting a 57% materials recycling rate following the complete roll-out of its new recycling and waste scheme. Under the new system, which includes a three-weekly residual waste collection ...

Food waste at the Agrivert facility 13 October 2017

Government targets zero ‘avoidable’ waste by 2050


The government has outlined its ambition to see no ‘avoidable’ waste produced in the UK by 2050, alongside a commitment to phase out food waste being sent to landfill by 2030. These are among a number of new policy proposals ...

12 October 2017

Suez agrees to suspend Doncaster job cuts


Suez and members of Unite the union in Doncaster have come to an agreement this week over compulsory redundancies associated with changes to Suez’s contract with Doncaster council. Following talks between Unite and Suez, with ...

12 October 2017

RECOUP points to need for investment in kerbside recycling


Plastic recycling charity RECOUP has highlighted the need to invest in kerbside recycling collections infrastructure and communications, following the launch of its 2017 Household Plastics Collection Survey. Launched at the ...

12 October 2017

Coffey cool on ‘bins consistency’


Resource minister Thérèse Coffey has signalled that flexibility is needed in how waste and recycling is collected and suggested that the bins side of WRAP’s consistency programme is not applicable to ...

11 October 2017

LARAC and Coffey cautious about DRS report


Both the local authority recycling advisory committee (LARAC) and recycling minister Therese Coffey have expressed caution in light of the latest report on Deposit Return Schemes from Keep Britain Tidy Group. The study, which is ...

11 October 2017

News in brief (11/10/2017)


With news on: Biffa’s report; Epping Forest launches rewards scheme; Veolia’s South London CAs; UKCM accredited from Alcumus; and Birmingham student wins waste prize.

11 October 2017

Eunomia finds councils ‘will benefit’ from deposit scheme


A study supported by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and written by Eunomia has claimed that councils would benefit from the introduction of a Deposit Refund Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers in England.  The piece of work...

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