Category Archives: Recycling

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

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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06Mar

Packaging recycling at 8.2m tonnes in 2016

Posted on 6th March, 2017

The amount of packaging recycled or recovered in the UK is likely to be an estimated 8.2 million tonnes in 2016.  The figure is derived from monthly reporting figures for the UK’s packaging waste system recorded between 1 January 2016 and 10 February 2017. While the official overall figures for 2016 will not be revealed…

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03Mar

Scotland launches 33% food waste target

Posted on 3rd March, 2016

The Scottish Government has adopted a target to cut a third of all food waste in the country by 2025, which it claims is “the first of its kind in Europe”. The objective is included in Scotland’s Making Things Last circular economy strategy, which outlines how it will keep in step with recycling targets adopted…

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02Feb

Compressors removed from fly-tipped fridges

Posted on 2nd February, 2016

Rules governing the depollution of end of life fridges and freezers appear to be a factor in an increased number of the white goods being fly-tipped, according to one local authority in the West Midlands. Lichfield district council has noted that 2015 saw an increase in the number of fridges and freezers being left on…

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01Dec

RDF definition published for England

Posted on 1st December, 2015

The Environment Agency has published a definition of Refuse Derived Fuel which it is to trial from January to June 2016. The definition is: “Refuse derived fuel (RDF) consists of residual waste that is subject to a contract with an end-user for use as a fuel in an energy from waste facility. The contract must…

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01Dec

Scrap metal prices stabilising

Posted on 1st December, 2015

Reports from the metals recycling sector suggest that a bottom may have been reached in the ferrous sector although there remains uncertainty within non-ferrous markets. At the end of November copper prices saw some surprise falls with uncertainty about global demand and some experts saying that copper was almost no longer an accurate barometer of…

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02Nov

Packaging pressure on plastics

Posted on 2nd November, 2015

The UK’s unique packaging waste accounting system using the packaging waste recovery note (PRN) continues to cause exasperation in some sectors. This time it is the plastics PRN which is attracting attention with expectations that the price for a PRN, which represents the recycling of one tonne of material, could move towards £100 a tonne…

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02Oct

Retailers gear up for carrier bag charge

Posted on 2nd October, 2015

Large and medium-sized retailers across England are preparing for the start of the 5p charge for single use carrier bags, which comes into effect from the beginning of next week (October 5). Under the new law, retailers with more than 250 employees nationwide will be required to charge customers a minimum of 5p for every…

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02Oct

Landfill targets expected in CE package

Posted on 2nd October, 2015

Early indications from Brussels show the circular economy package of laws will focus heavily on landfill reduction when details are released later this year. The latest incarnation of the package – which replaces proposals put forward by former environment commissioner Janez Potocnik in 2014 – will also push for more energy recovery, signalling less emphasis…

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