News Wednesday 3 March 2021
2 March 2021

Implications of the Wheelabrator Kent EfW rejection

'Flawed assumptions' or the end of 'giant' plants? In February, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Kwasi Kwarteng, turned down Wheelabrator’s application for a second energy from waste plant in Kent. Joshua Doherty examines what was ...

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25 February 2021

Biffa snaps up Company Shop Group


Biffa plc announced today (25 February) that it has acquired the UK’s “largest redistributor of surplus food”, the Company Shop Limited, for an upfront cost of £82.5 million. Biffa says the move marks a “significant ...

25 February 2021

Three Rivers poised to top recycling league table


The annual local authority recycling League Champion award for England could be heading south to Three Rivers district council in Hertfordshire next month. Provisional recycling statistics for the 2019/20 financial year, compiled...

24 February 2021

Ward Recycling ceases trading


North East England business Ward Recycling Ltd has ceased trading, prompting at least one local authority, Bolsover district council, to take its collection contract in-house.  Ward Recycling Ltd (company number 04373217) has ...

24 February 2021

Caerphilly acquires 11 Dennis Eagle RCVs


Caerphilly county borough council took delivery of 11 Dennis Eagle 26 tonne 6x2 rear steer refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) from Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) this month. Fitted with 360° camera recording systems, the ...

24 February 2021

What do we know about the Plastic Packaging Tax?


With just more than a year to go until the introduction of the government’s Plastic Packaging Tax, Martin Hyde, policy leader at environmental consultancy Comply Direct, looks at what we do and don’t know.

24 February 2021

Fly-tipping incidents jumped 2% in 2019/20


Statistics published by Defra this morning (24 February) show there was a 2% increase in fly-tipping incidents recorded in 2019/20, compared to the previous year.  The data, based on incidents and actions reported through ...

24 February 2021

Opinion: ‘Councils are unsung heroes in reducing food waste’


With Food Waste Action Week beginning on 1 March, Sarah Clayton, head of citizen behaviour at WRAP, examines what the resources charity wants to achieve with its event. OPINION: ...

23 February 2021

Active illegal waste sites fall in 2019/20


The number of active illegal waste sites fell from 685 at the end of the 2018/19 financial year to 544 at the end of 2019/20, according to the Environment Agency. This is the lowest number of active illegal waste sites recorded ...

23 February 2021

Suez maps out flexible packaging recycling solutions 


Suez Recycling and Recovery UK is working with a string of brands to set out a roadmap on how better to recycle flexible packaging. It set out the roadmap in a report, ‘mapping the value chain for flexible plastic ...

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