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21 January 2020

Richmond formally announces Serco contract


Richmond council has formally announced that Serco has been awarded a 10-year contract worth up to £60 million to manage waste and recycling services for the London borough. Serco was named as the winner of the contract in ...

21 January 2020

NI Assembly return prompts EfW hopes


With Northern Ireland’s Assembly and Executive restored, the developers of the proposed £240 million arc21 energy from waste (EfW) facility near Mallusk hope for a decision on its future soon. The development was first proposed...

20 January 2020

Concern over London’s 50% recycling target


All of London’s local authorities have now sent draft ‘Reduction and Recycling Plans’ to the Greater London Authority, amid concerns that London will miss its 50% recycling target by 2025. The plans set out how ...

16 January 2020

Teignbridge could charge for recycling bins


A council in Devon has proposed introducing an £80 charge for waste and recycling containers at new-build household properties in the district from 1 April 2020. Teignbridge district council suggested the charge – which would ...

16 January 2020

Oxfordshire launches ‘Waste Wizard’ resource


Oxfordshire county council has launched an online resource called Waste Wizard to encourage residents to recycle better. The resource allows residents to check whether an item can be reused, repaired, donated or recycled – or ...

15 January 2020

Pow reiterates council funding pledge


Recycling minister Rebecca Pow has reiterated that councils will receive “additional resources” to meet the net costs arising from policies set out in the Resources and Waste Strategy. Ms Pow was responding to a question from ...

15 January 2020

Coventry MRF ‘progressing well’


Coventry council said plans for a £34.45 million regional materials recovery facility (MRF) are "progressing well” and it hopes to name the company which will build the plant this year. A site for the proposed facility has been...

14 January 2020

OPRL plays down ‘risks’ of new label


The On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) has leapt to the defence of its simplified recycling label following concerns that the scheme could discourage recycling and increase contamination. In December, the not-for profit body announced...

13 January 2020

Competition drives recycling, finds ESA report


Outsourced council waste collections achieve higher recycling rates than in-house services, according to research conducted by environmental consultancy Eunomia. The findings, published in a report today (13 January) for the ...

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