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10 June 2021

SLWP recycling rate creeps up in 2020/21

The South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) slightly increased its recycling rate by 0.3% to 39% between April 2020 and March 2021 when compared to the previous financial year, while waste arisings jumped 7.6%. The SLWP manages ...


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9 June 2021

London Mayor to meet Edmonton EfW campaigners


The Mayor of London has agreed to meet with campaigners opposing the redevelopment of the Edmonton energy from waste (EfW) plant near Chingford. Sadiq Khan said that while he had “no power” to pause the project, he would ...

9 June 2021

Agency hits back at Averies Recycling fire report


The Environment Agency has defended its enforcement procedures after a report from a task group set up by Swindon council partly blamed it for a 2014 fire at Averies Recycling, which burned for 57 days. The dispute relates to a ...

9 June 2021

Waste infrastructure ‘urgently needed’ in Herts


Hertfordshire county council is to meet on 10 June to discuss the building of the facilities required to manage the county’s waste over the next decade. Currently all Hertfordshire’s local authority collected residual waste is...

8 June 2021

‘Adding social value’: Suez UK’s John Scanlon interviewed


John Scanlon became chief executive of Suez recycling and recovery UK at the start of 2020, just weeks ahead of the Covid pandemic. In this video interview, he talks to Steve Eminton about the business during the pandemic, how the business has a ...

8 June 2021

LARAC concerned by EPR ‘reference costs’


The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) has expressed concerns about the use of ‘reference costs’ in the government’s consultation on extended producer responsibility (EPR). This approach seeks to establish ...

8 June 2021

Councils ‘need clarity’ on EPR funding


The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that councils need more clarity on how waste services will be funded under the proposed Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) reforms. The call came as part of the LGA’s ...

7 June 2021

Councils call for deferral of DRS


The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) has called for the introduction of the deposit return scheme (DRS) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be deferred. The government’s consultation on a DRS closed on...

3 June 2021

Stafford contamination nearly halves after shakeup 


Stafford borough council says contamination rates have nearly halved since introducing separate blue bags for paper and cardboard last year. The council reported that contamination rates have fallen from 15% to 8% since the ...

3 June 2021

Bristol censured for missed bins complaint response


An Ombudsman has slammed Bristol city council for failing to respond satisfactorily to two separate complaints, one of which involved missed bin collections. The Ombudsman involved is known formally as the Local Government and ...