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More transparency needed in WEEE, says study

Environmental credentials and clear confirmed audit trails are the most important added value factors when it comes to choosing a waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer compliance scheme (PCS), according to an independent study into the perceptions of waste disposal authorities ...

Energy from waste demonstrator shortlist revealed

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has drawn up a shortlist of three companies competing to design “the most economically and commercially viable, efficient energy from waste gasification demonstrator plant possible”.

UK small businesses focused on growth and not sustainability

A new study sponsored by UPS, a specialist in logistics, is reported to show that nearly two thirds (64%) of small businesses in the UK do not have a written sustainability strategy (Q1) or set of sustainability policies (Q2), despite increasing pressure from customers and suppliers.

Average glass recycling rate in EU rises over 70%

According to the latest glass recycling industry data published earlier this week by the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) - the average glass recycling rate in the European Union has risen above the 70% threshold for the first time.

Over 70& of aerosols recycled

Nearly 70% of England, Scotland and Wales buy or use aerosols and of those who buy them 73% are recycled, according to a GFK NOP survey carried out for BAMA (the British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association).

Europe recycles 35% waste in 2010

Austria, Germany and Belgium recycled the largest proportion of municipal waste in Europe in 2010, according to the European Environment Agency.

Waste welcomes sentencing laws

The waste sector has welcomed proposals to tighten up the sentencing laws around environmental crimes such as fly-tipping and breaches of waste permits.

Horsegate: What effect will it have on waste?

The horsemeat scandal has rocked the food industry. Not only has it dented consumer confidence and exposed the risks of ‘the race to the lowest price’, it has also raised questions about the value placed on meat: its production, processing and also its disposal. Has meat really become too cheap? Or ...

Suffolk recycling centre staff trained as lifesavers

Staff at the 11,000 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in Suffolk are being provided with lifesaving defibrillators and training as part of a partnership between FCC Environment, Suffolk County Council an d the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Waste sector welcomes ruling in favour of co-mingled recyclates

Major players in the waste industry have applauded Mr Justice Hickinbottom’s ruling in the recent waste collection Judicial Review in which he came down in favour of Defra’s and the Welsh Government’s position that co-mingled recycling collections meet the requirements of the revised European Waste ...

Metals welcomes Act's royal assent

The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has welcomed news that the Scrap Metal Dealers Act has received royal assent. The Act is designed to regulate the scrap metal dealer’s industry and prevent metal theft.

Events waste roadmap unveiled

This week saw the launch of Zero waste events: a 2020 vision, a new event industry roadmap initiative with the goal of no waste being sent to landfill from UK events by the end of the decade.

Valpak sells Preston facility

Valpak has announced the sale and transfer of control of its Preston-based processing facility and MRF to a newly formed regional waste management business, JWS Lancashire.

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