Category Archives: Recycling


Mobile phone recycling doubled

Posted on 11th April, 2010

A report carried out by telecoms analysts Ovum has found that mobile phone recycling in the UK has doubled between 2008 and 2009. According to the research, eight million mobile phones were recycled in the UK in 2009, double the four million collected in 2008. The report suggests that, unsurprisingly, this is due to the…

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UK on track to meet battery recycling target says Environment Agency

Posted on 11th April, 2010

Bob Mead, Environment Agency batteries implementation project manager recently told MRW that the UK is on track to meet it’s 2010 portable battery recycling target. However, Peter Hunt, chief executive of BatteryBack warned: “This year was always going to be a breeze, but next year may be a struggle for some. A lot more needs…

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Bristol leads the way on plastic recycling

Posted on 8th April, 2010

Bristol has launched a new mixed recycling scheme. 18,000 households will be involved in the new pilot project. If it is successful the council will consider rolling out the project across the city. Households have been given water proof sacks to collect waste plastic in. These will be collected each week along with regular recycling…

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Green Party wants to double waste management spend

Posted on 17th March, 2010

In its manifesto, the Green Party has pledged to almost double spending on recycling and waste management. The document, entitled ‘fair is worth fighting for’, sets out the party’s plans for addressing the triple economic, environmental and social crises facing the country- claiming that the other parties have not done enough to tackle inequality and…

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Cash for recycling scheme trial

Posted on 2nd March, 2010

Bristol City Council has announced that it will be conducting a new trial recycling scheme aimed at boosting recycling efforts in the area. It is hoped that the scheme will reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill. Residents will have to volunteer to participate at this stage. Those who take part will be…

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North West households still ‘mixing up’ recycling

Posted on 16th February, 2010

Latest figures from the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) have shown that some 10,000 tonnes of rubbish put out for recycling was rejected by its £5m sorting machine in the last 12 months. At present around one third of all waste is recycled in Merseyside, and the local authorities are keen to increase this. However…

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Scotland promises funding after release of recycling figures

Posted on 12th February, 2010

The Scottish Government has promised to provide an extra £7m of funding for council waste and recycling services. This follows the release of figures which revealed that the country is a long way off meeting its 2010 target to recycle 40 per cent of municipal waste by the end of 2010. The figures showed that…

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Binmen shame

Posted on 28th October, 2009

Binmen in Croydon and Margate have been caught throwing rubbish, sorted by the householders for recycling, into the normal waste truck destined for landfill. It begs the question, is this a more widespread problem? Householders in these areas have caught binmen on camera blatantly emptying recycling boxes and bins into the regular dustcart, while the…

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Beware of tyre scams, use a trusted recycling firm

Posted on 28th September, 2009

A new scam that offers businesses a solution to their used tyre problems is a growing problem across the UK according to a report by BBC Wales. In one such scam garages were offered a service where tyres were removed for a fee. The tyres were then left in storage rather then being recycled, and…

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Knife Recycling – WasteCare carves into new niche

Posted on 29th September, 2008

When WasteCare say ” a one-stop shop for waste”, it is clear they mean it. With the simple aim, to increase recycling and reduce landfill, the company is always seeking to fine new streams to recover, that up to now have often been discarded as general waste. The plastic banners, that supermarkets adorn their buildings,…

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