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28 March 2020

WISH issues waste and COVID-19 advisory document

The UK’s Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH) has published a draft advice document about managing COVID-19 (coronavirus) risks in the context of a range of waste management activities. The document, released on Friday 27 March 2020, is expected to become a key document for the waste management sector and local ...

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26 March 2020

‘The time for action is now’ – Neil Grundon


In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Neil Grundon, deputy chairman of Grundon Waste Management, says service provision is the immediate priority, but it’s also important to look to the future.

26 March 2020

Plastics ‘number one issue’ for compost QP review


Plastic contamination is the “number one issue” that needs addressing in the review of the Quality Protocols for compost and digestate, according to a senior Environment Agency official. Howard Leberman, senior advisor for ...

26 March 2020

Virus prompts supply concerns for biomass plants


Closure of local authority recycling centres because of the coronavirus pandemic could hit the supply of waste wood to some UK biomass plants, according to some in the waste wood sector. The concerns about the potential impact...

25 March 2020

Sector issues joint COVID-19 message to public


Britain’s biggest private recycling and waste management companies, along with industry and local government bodies, have jointly issued a message to the public urging people to follow government advice about how those unwell in self-...

25 March 2020

Defra works on cross-sector approach to pandemic


Trade associations and Defra have been discussing a cross-sector approach to handling waste management in the light of the current coronavirus crisis. A call for everyone within the industry to work together is expected to be made...

25 March 2020

ESA clarifies ‘key worker’ definition for waste


The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has moved to clear up confusion as to which employees in the waste sector are considered essential and should still be at work. Waste sector employees were granted key worker status by ...

25 March 2020

WasteCare confirms full service during epidemic


Specialist waste management and recycling business WasteCare has confirmed that it is running a full service to support critical businesses, including the hazardous waste sector, during the coronavirus epidemic. Peter Hunt, ...

25 March 2020

Waste associations issue coronavirus updates


The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) has called for members of the global waste community to do all they can to ensure that waste management services do not suffer or collapse during the coronavirus crisis. And, a ...

25 March 2020

Union urges LGA to clarify role of refuse workers


The GMB union has called on the Local Government Association (LGA)  to spell out how refuse staff can safely provide an "essential service" while meeting social distancing requirements.  Refuse workers have been identified as '...