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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07Nov

MEPs support recyclable plastic target for bottles

Posted on 7th November, 2018

The European Parliament has given the “green light” for a proposed 35% recycled content in new plastic bottles by 2025. The decision follows on from the European Parliament’s Environment Committee vote to change the European Commission’s Single Use Plastics Directive to include the 35% mandatory target. Additionally, the Single Use Plastics Directive, as amended by…

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07Nov

Government to levy tax on single-use plastic packaging

Posted on 7th November, 2018

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has announced that the government will levy a tax on single-use plastic packaging, which contains less than 30% recycled content. The measure was proposed in the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget Statement on 29 October to “tackle the scourge” of plastic pollution on land and in oceans. Addressing Parliament, Mr Hammond said: “I said…

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07Nov

Agency training to counter modern-day slavery

Posted on 7th November, 2018

The Environment Agency has trained “over 100 staff” to help spot signs of modern-day slavery within the waste sector. The EA’s actions follow on from the Hope for Justice’s latest figures, which highlight that two-thirds of victims have reportedly worked in the waste management industry. Some of the Agency’s officers have been trained and instructed…

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07Nov

WEEE projects first in line for Fee funding

Posted on 7th November, 2018

Two projects have received funding worth nearly £1m, following a pay-out of money raised through the WEEE Compliance fund last year. Around £8m of funding is currently available, after electronic goods producers were unable to meet their WEEE recycling targets of old appliances last year under what is proving to be a controversial system. The…

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10Sep

UK struggles to meet battery recycling target

Posted on 10th September, 2018

The UK has failed to make progress in achieving its battery recycling targets, with lead acid models carrying on to make up a ‘disproportionate’ share of batteries received for recycling. Figures released from the Environment Agency in May, showed that 17,427 tonnes of batteries had been collected throughout the year, with 9,520 tonnes of lead…

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10Sep

Material quality hits low point for MRFs

Posted on 10th September, 2018

Industry charity, WRAP, has reported a drop in volume for target materials at MRFs for Q1 2018 – the lowest recorded since reporting began in October 2014. The data was received from 101 MRFs in England and Wales between January and March 2018; which documents the ‘target’ and ‘non-target’ material entering each premise. According to…

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10Sep

Further dates confirmed for potential Scottish DRS

Posted on 10th September, 2018

Zero Waste Scotland has announced 15 extra public liaison dates regarding its potential Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for bottles and cans. The events will provide Scottish residents with an opportunity to have their say on a possible DRS and find out what “impact” the scheme will have going forward. In addition to this, there will…

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10Sep

Firms under investigation for “illegal” exports to Poland

Posted on 10th September, 2018

A number of UK-based firms are under investigation from the Environment Agency, for “illegal” waste shipments to Poland. The discovery was made by officers from the Tax Administration Chamber in Gdańsk – government officials in Poland responsible for taxation and custom – as part of a global operation. Under the name DEMETER IV, the operation…

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10Sep

Waste sector prepares for RWM 2018

Posted on 10th September, 2018

The recycling and waste management sector is gearing up for the next RWM show, which will once again take place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 12th -13 September. Under new management, Prysm, the independent show organiser said it expects to deliver a ‘bigger’ and ‘better’ show than in previous years, packed with a number of…

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