Category Archives: News

03Dec

Retailers introduce plastic bag alternatives

Posted on 3rd December, 2018

A number of retailers have launched initiatives to help tackle the issues surrounding single-use plastics, which includes carrier bags made from recyclable materials. National retailer, Co-op, has started rolling out compostable carrier bags to over 1,000 of its food stores which are also accepted in household food waste collections by the local authority. Alternatively, the…

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03Dec

Gove hints at plastic focus in Resources strategy

Posted on 3rd December, 2018

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has suggested that the government’s upcoming Waste and Resources Strategy, will look into ‘further restrictions’ on certain single-use plastic items. Speaking to an invited audience in central London, Mr Gove delivered a lecture titled, ‘When Will There Be a Harvest for the World?’ on behalf of Theos think tank; covering climate…

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03Dec

Defra confirms fixed penalty notices for households

Posted on 3rd December, 2018

Defra has confirmed that it will introduce a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for breaches of the household waste duty of care.  Homeowners could now face financial penalties of up to £400 if they fail to ensure their waste is given to a licensed carrier. Defra’s announcement was made in late November in the wake of…

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03Dec

Pan-sector call for “fast-tracked” food waste collections

Posted on 3rd December, 2018

A coalition of retailers, local authorities, trade associations and charities are calling on government to “fast-track” the roll-out of separate food waste collections across the UK. The various organisations signed a joint statement which was submitted to Environment Secretary Michael Gove on 20 November. One of the signatories, the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)…

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03Dec

UK struggles to meet battery recycling targets

Posted on 3rd December, 2018

The European battery recycling target of 45% is proving difficult to achieve this year. Currently the only way the UK will meet its official target is to rely on accumulated battery stocks and the current high level of portable Lead battery evidence. Without old stocks and Lead the UK is struggling to meet a recycling…

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03Dec

2018 Recycling Week “well-received”, says WRAP

Posted on 3rd December, 2018

Waste and resources charity, WRAP, has labelled 2018 Recycling Week “the best so far” in its 15-year history.   This year’s campaign was centred around plastics, with the theme ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters,’ which took place week commencing 24th September. Over the week, more than 100, local authorities, retailers and brands took part  to…

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03Dec

ADISA awards AssetCare a merit

Posted on 3rd December, 2018

AssetCare have been ADISA members for over 5 years and having undergone eight audits over this periods, have recently passed another, maintaining their merit certification. ADISA members not only go through a robust full audit every 3 years they also agree to undergoing completely unannounced audits. Our members have no idea or any notice that…

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03Dec

Defra announces PBS consultation

Posted on 3rd December, 2018

Despite their many distractions in Whitehall, we have to applaud Defra in allowing a proper consultation before introducing a mandatory PCS Balancing Scheme (PBS) next year. Last week Defra announced that they are to commence a consultation period, following submissions by the 1st March. They aim to complete the consultation by the end of April…

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07Nov

LGA warns of China ban ‘risk’ for councils

Posted on 7th November, 2018

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned of higher waste costs facing councils, following China’s import restrictions on certain recyclable materials, which came into force earlier this year. According to the Association, councils impacted by the ban have seen their recycling costs increase by £500,000 on average over the last year. The LGA highlighted that…

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07Nov

Cooking on gas

Posted on 7th November, 2018

Due to popular demand, WasteCare is pleased to announce the expansion of its free national gas cylinder repatriation scheme. Building on the exclusive service for Calor, Air Liquide and Air Products cylinders, WasteCare provides a national service for all types of pressurised cylinders, including LPG cylinders, gas tanks, fire extinguishers and aerosols. Respecting some smaller…

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