Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009

Posted on 15th April, 2009

The long awaited battery recycling regulations have this week finally been approved by Parliament. Although little has changed since the last draft published just before Christmas there are a few tweaks in response to wide spread lobbying by producers and other stakeholders. In summary the impact on producers, retailers, users and recyclers can be summarised…

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New battery recycling regulations – don’t get a shock

Posted on 15th April, 2009

Battery producers BatteryBack is currently applying to be the first approved battery compliance scheme in the UK. Guaranteeing low cost compliance for all sizes of producer our offer is £2,000 per annum and 1 pence per battery placed on the market. Compliance sorted – £2,000 and 1 penny per battery Battery retailers From the 1st…

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Landfill tax increases by another 25% to £40 per tonne

Posted on 1st April, 2009

The Government last week increased landfill tax by another 25% to £40 per tonne. Most landfill sites have also increased charges far in excess of inflation. If you did not have incentive before to have your waste recovered or recycled, you surely do now. Visit www.wastecare.co.uk or phone 0800 091 0000 now. You will be…

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Threshold increase for hazardous waste registration

Posted on 29th March, 2009

From the 1st April the Environment Agency are increasing the threshold for hazardous waste registration. Since the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2006 came into force, shops and offices have been allowed to produce up to 200kg of hazardous waste per year before having to register with the EA as Hazardous Waste Producers. This limit is rising…

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Draft battery recycling regulations awaited

Posted on 28th March, 2009

With less than eight months to go, there is still no sign of the final draft of the UK’s Waste Battery Recycling Regulations. We know the Government are set on multiple schemes but with a proposed entry cost of £169,000 per scheme per annum, it is unlikely we will end up with more than three…

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We’re helping more companies save money

Posted on 23rd March, 2009

I barely need to remind you that keeping costs to a minimum has never been more critical. So, it’s no surprise that WasteCare’s unique online InstantQuote has seen a 40 per cent year on year increase in business in the last three months. Designed for small volumes the service suits virtually all types of hazardous…

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Leeds lead the way

Posted on 14th March, 2009

As a centre of excellence, Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) set high standards throughout their organisation. This is apparent in their support activities including waste management. LGI have worked with SRCL and WasteCare to provide the first ever integrated intranet service within the hospital environment dedicated to handling all types of waste. The new portal offers…

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Economics vs ecology

Posted on 11th March, 2009

As pressure to reduce costs reaches fever pitch many might feel that concern for the environment is no longer high on the agenda. Survival first; saving the planet will have to wait! Well think again. Look to countries that are a lot worse off than us. Where money and resources are in short supply, but…

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Waste not, want not!

Posted on 5th March, 2009

Guest story by Paul Machin Many companies approve invoices for waste, power and water without question, but, by auditing usage considerable savings can be easily achieved. The printing industry has many financial concerns and environmental issues are well down the corporate agenda. However, there are many benefits that are achievable from following good environmental practices….

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New contaminated plastic recycling facility

Posted on 1st March, 2009

At PackCare we have expanded our facilities with a specialist new plant to enable us to recycle contaminated plastic. Feedback from our customers highlighted that there was a lack of services available for recycling contaminated plastics especially from containers and IBCs. So, we invested £350,000+ on a purpose built facility and we are now able…

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