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Residents prefer energy from waste to onshore wind, says report

New research commissioned by communications agency PPS Group is reported to have shown that having an energy from waste (EfW) facility built in the local community is considered acceptable or very acceptable by 78% of the population, compared to 73% for onshore wind. The only energy technology to ...

European paper recycling bodies revise paper grades

The European List of Standard Grades of Paper and Board for Recycling is being revised by CEN - the European Committee for Standardisation - with the aim of improving the quality and the definition of grades for paper and board destined for recycling. Earlier this month, national standardisation ...

ReFood calls for ban on landfilling food

A UK food waste recycler said it is baffled by the coalition government’s approach to food waste and has called for a ban on landfill food and mandatory source-segregation, writes David Burrows.

Taylor makes an impression on Lord Mayor's parade

According to Taylors, it wasn’t the oldest tube carriage dating back to 1892, the state coach or the fireworks that stole the show at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Parade – but its bespoke Continental 1,100L bins.

Food waste recycler unveils UK zero food waste roadmap

A report which sets out to stop billions of pounds worth of food being consigned to landfill was launched in London today, 11 November 2013. The report, entitled ‘Vision 2020: UK Roadmap to Zero Food Waste to Landfill’ is said to be the culmination of more than two years’ work and its aim was to ...

EU gets waste thumbs up from UK industry associations

Several of the UK’s representative bodies for the waste and resource management sector have joined forces to express their common positions in response to the UK government’s recent EU Balance of Competences Review.

Carbon Trust unveils new waste standard

The Carbon Trust has launched its new Carbon Trust Waste Standard, awarded to organisations able to demonstrate that they are measuring, managing and reducing waste year on year.

EU proposes to change plastic bag use

European countries could have to charge for plastic bags or even ban them under new proposals published this week, writes David Burrows. The introduction of an EU-wide reduction target is also being considered as part of the European Commission’s plans to cut carrier bag consumption “by up to 80%”.

EU recycling on increase, reports Eurostat

The overall recycling rate in the EU-27 increased slightly to 63,6% in 2011 from 63,3% in 2010, according to new data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. However, a Eurostat spokesperson warned: “With an average recycling rate of 50.6% in the member states that ...

Launch of UK's first green infrastructure audit guide

The UK’s first best practice blueprint for greening urban areas, the Green Infrastructure Audit Best Practice Guide, has been published revealing the potential for an increase in the number of urban areas across the UK that could be transformed into multi-functional green spaces.

Fly-tipping incidents in England on decrease

Defra has published fly-tipping statistics for England. Key points include the following: Local authorities dealt with over 711,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2012/13 - a decrease of 4% from 2011/12. Over two thirds of incidents involved household waste while nearly 45% of all fly-tips are said to ...

Norfolk disappointed over withdrawal of grant

Norfolk County Council leader George Nobbs expressed disappointment at the news last week that Defra is withdrawing a waste infrastructure grant worth £169m over 25 years for the Willows waste treatment contract.

Appetite for "more circular models", says WRAP report

A report published this week by WRAP has revealed there is “a real appetite for more ‘circular’ business models, which keep household appliances, consumer electronics and DIY & gardening products in use longer (such as trade-in, rentals and repairs), as alternatives to the traditional ‘linear’ ...

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