09Apr

‘Challenging’ 2019 WEEE targets confirmed

Posted on 9th April, 2019

Producer compliance schemes for waste electrical and electronic equipment will need to collect an additional 58,000 tonnes to meet targets for 2019, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said. Target levels for 2019 were confirmed in March – having been initially proposed in February. Defra has set an overall collection target of…

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09Apr

Call for councils to decide waste collections frequency

Posted on 9th April, 2019

Councils should be allowed to have “freedom of choice” over the frequency of residual waste collections, one local authority expert has said.  The suggestion came from Emma Beal, managing director of the West London Waste Authority (WLWA), at a conference in March. It is thought Ms Beal reflects the views of a number of authorities…

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09Apr

Strategy costs to be examined by committee of MPs

Posted on 9th April, 2019

A committee of MPs is to probe the potential impact of the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy on local authority finances.  The inquiry by the Commons’ Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, announced on Friday (22 March), will examine how the strategy could impact on council services and costs. Defra’s long-anticipated Resources and Waste Strategy…

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09Apr

WasteCare in Sunday Times Top 100 private companies

Posted on 9th April, 2019

The Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 league table ranks the WasteCare Group as Britain’s 53rd private company with the fastest growth and profits over the last three years. The league table is compiled by Fast Track and was published as a supplement in last Sunday’s Times. We are very proud to be amongst some…

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09Apr

MEPs agree single-use plastic measures

Posted on 9th April, 2019

The European Parliament has approved legislation which paves the way for a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029, as well as a full ban on many single-use plastic products from 2021. The proposals were passed at the end of March by MEPs, with 560 votes in favour and 35 against.  The UK has…

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09Apr

Guidance in sight for used Lithium Ion batteries

Posted on 9th April, 2019

Sector-led guidance is being prepared to assist waste management companies in handling lithium ion batteries to prevent fires at waste sites. The AATF (Approved Authorised Treatment Facility) Forum – which represents treatment facility operators in the WEEE sector – and the waste sector body the ESA are working on projects to reduce the risk of…

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19Mar

Why WAS?

Posted on 19th March, 2019

If you are a producer of EEE, a local authority, an AATF or a PCS you are a stakeholder and what happens next will affect you. In January DEFRA invited the sector to put forward alternatives to the current voluntary WEEE Producer Balancing Scheme. Following the deadline on the 1st March only WAS has stepped…

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19Mar

Cooking on waste!

Posted on 19th March, 2019

“The integration of the East Kent Thermal Recovery Facility with the WasteCare Group has got off to a flying start.” claims Graeme Parkin Group COO. “Barely 4 weeks in and we have managed to fill current capacity as well as integrate our IT and operational teams. A pre-planned shutdown is due at the end of…

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19Mar

The Big Battery Hunt has just got BIGGER

Posted on 19th March, 2019

The Big Battery Hunt is in full swing again in 2019, following the success of the 2018 programme. New schools are being recruited each week for this year’s competition and more than 70 tonnes of batteries have been collected so far in 2019, with more batteries being collected every day. To help the program, a…

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19Mar

Defra launches strategy consultations

Posted on 19th March, 2019

The Government has set out the full details of how it plans to implement the core aspects of the Resources and Waste Strategy by releasing a string of consultations in February. On household waste measures, the department issued four consultations covering Deposit Return Schemes; Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR); Consistency; and a tax on plastic packaging…

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