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4 December 2019

Bexley awards recycling stream contracts

Bexley council has awarded contracts for the processing of different material streams arising from its household, commercial and bring bank collection services. The South East London local authority this week confirmed the ...


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4 December 2019

Waste arisings slightly up in Greater Manchester


Waste arisings in Greater Manchester rose slightly in the two months after Suez UK took over the waste services on June 1. But, this was offset by an increase in recycling and landfill diversion rates, which rose to almost 48...

3 December 2019

Essex to landfill RDF in wake of Dutch tax


Essex county council has confirmed that around 200,000 tonnes-a-year of refuse derived fuel (RDF) produced at Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s mechanical and biological treatment facility (MBT) are to be sent to landfill. In a statement...

28 November 2019

Carole Taylor to continue as LARAC chair


The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) has confirmed that Carole Taylor will continue as chair of the organisation for another two-year term. Ms Taylor – who was appointed chair in 2017 (see

28 November 2019

FCC ‘disappointed’ over Allerdale contract loss


EXCLUSIVE: FCC has expressed "deep disappointment" over the termination of its waste contract with Allerdale borough council, and the manner in which it says the council "conducted itself". The Cumbria council confirmed that ...

28 November 2019

England’s recycling rate creeps upwards


England’s household waste recycling rate has risen marginally by 0.3% to 45.1% in the 2018/19 financial year, compared to 44.8% in the previous period.   Official figures released this morning (28 November) also show that East ...

27 November 2019

News in brief (27/11/19)


With news on; strike action called off in Surrey; Recycling site near Middlesbrough to close following fly-tipping; Smurfit Kappa announces new packaging range, and; NLWA champions upcycling at annual show.

26 November 2019

Portable charger ‘almost set wagon on fire’


East Riding of Yorkshire Council issued a warning to its residents over the disposal of batteries after a power bank portable charger started a fire in the back of a bin lorry in Bridlington on 18 October. The council explained ...

25 November 2019

Serco named as Richmond waste contractor


Public services firm Serco has been named as the winner of a contract worth up to £60 million to manage waste and recycling services for Richmond upon Thames council. The contract will run for 10 years (with the option to extend ...

21 November 2019

Sheffield reassures residents over MRF flooding


Sheffield city council has reassured residents that material destined for Veolia’s materials recycling facility (MRF) in the city is being redirected elsewhere, after the site was forced to temporarily close due to ‘significant’ ...