03Apr

Assurances offered over legislation after Brexit

Posted on 3rd April, 2017

The end of March saw Government ministers confirm that the ‘whole body’ of existing environmental laws derived from EU legislation will be safeguarded in UK law prior to Brexit. The assurance came from the DEXEU – the Department for Exiting the European Union –  which issued a White Paper just 24 hours after Prime Minister…

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03Apr

Waste paper market prices likely to reduce in April

Posted on 3rd April, 2017

Higher freight costs and rising prices over the past nine months are being given as factors in an expected downturn in the waste paper market for April. The grade hardest hit is likely to be mixed papers which includes material that comes out of materials recycling facilities. It can be used to make cardboard but…

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03Apr

Waste sector updates fire guidance

Posted on 3rd April, 2017

Updated guidance on the prevention of fires at waste management sites – including ‘firmer science’ on waste stack separation distances – has been published by the Waste Industry Safety & Health (WISH) Forum. The guidance, which is updated from an initial version published in October 2014, takes into account the findings of ‘waste burn trials’…

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03Apr

Consultation opens on charging illegal operators landfill tax

Posted on 3rd April, 2017

A consultation on whether to bring illegal waste sites within the scope of landfill tax in England and Northern Ireland has been launched after being announced last month as part of the Spring Budget. The consultation, issued by HM Revenue & Customs, sets out the reasons for targeting illegal waste sites and considers how to…

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03Apr

E-targets for 2017 confirmed

Posted on 3rd April, 2017

Defra has informed compliance schemes of the targets to collect waste electrical and electronic equipment for 2017 – after confirmation that the overall target for 2016 had been met. Schemes have been set a target to collect 622,033 tonnes of WEEE for the year – an increase of close to 14% when compared to the…

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03Apr

Two thirds of recycled plastic waste sent abroad

Posted on 3rd April, 2017

The proportion of waste plastic packaging that is being exported to countries such as China and India has increased from 60% in the first three quarters of 2014 to 67% in the same period last year.  Two thirds of plastic packaging which has been placed in recycling bins is being shipped overseas.  This causes great…

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06Mar

PolymerCare resets expectations

Posted on 6th March, 2017

Following the recent announcement that WasteCare had launched a service for recycling post-consumer waste plastics, the WasteCare Group has since acquired the assets of Kent based Recapture Plastics Ltd to form a new business PolymerCare Ltd. Graeme Parkin, Chief Operating Officer of the WasteCare Group praised the commitment and expertise of the existing management and…

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06Mar

Retailers called on to act over labelling and food waste

Posted on 6th March, 2017

Retailers could help cut an estimated 350,000 tonnes of avoidable household food waste per year by making changes to packaging and ‘Use By’ dates, claims a report and survey by the resources charity WRAP. The Retailer Survey – which is used to shape WRAP’s work on meeting the retail sector’s Courtauld Commitment 2025 – is…

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06Mar

WEEE targets are ‘met for 2016’

Posted on 6th March, 2017

Figures published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) at the beginning of March show that targets have been met for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment in 2016. However, targets for some individual material streams, notably lamps and IT equipment, have been missed, meaning that some compliance schemes will…

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