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New Zealand's Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith with the Upston family

Time to get happy with nappy composting

OCS/Cannon Hygiene is applying New Zealand's composting know-how to the UK's disposable nappy problem. Katie Coyne reports

Mobile reed bed benefits Heathrow

A new mobile reed bed system - the first of its kind in the UK - is playing a key role in treating effluent water. Mark Clayton, managing director of environmental practice Aardvark, which designed the system, reports on its development and various installations, including one at Heathrow Airport

Taking energy from waste without the carbon

It sounds impossible, but it's not. Bill Butterworth reports on a technology which turns waste into compost, and uses it to grow biofuels

Electrokinetic revolution looms for sludge dewatering

Electrokinetic sludge dewatering is close to becoming a commercial reality. And, according to David Evington, writing on behalf of EKG, it will dramatically change performance

Composting - a cleaner disposal for sludge

In the quest to "clean up our act" in modern society, urban sewage and the way we manage its disposal, has become an important issue. John Jardine, who knows a lot about traditional aerobic aeration, explains why he thinks composting might be one possible way forward for sewerage sludge.

When brown is the new green

When regenerating brownfield sites, one option is to manufacture topsoil using organic materials. This can make perfect financial sense, writes Richard Swannell

The natural solution

With the waste industry facing stricter landfill regulations, increasing numbers of local authorities are turning to in-vessel composting. Alexander Maddan reports

Making degrade

Millions of tonnes of household waste is landfilled in the UK every year, much of which is packaging. Degradable and biodegradable materials are increasingly used but still, among the public, general confusion abounds. Becky Toal reports

In defence of our agency

There are plenty of intelligent, hard-working officers in the Environment Agency and in Defra. It is the structure and culture that are wrong, writes Bill Butterworth

Is your business taking its environmental impact seriously

With the Environment Agency's A Better Place? report still in mind, Brian Millsom looks at environmental and procurement interactions

The unexpected menace

Martin Petersen recently visited the tsunami-hit region of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, to establish short-, mid- and long-term waste-management solutions

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (September 2005)

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the changes this month we see the ratification of a pan-European protocol on water and health, the introduction of new packaging waste recycling targets, the EC gives GM animal feed the green light, combined heat and power stations get climate change tax cut in the UK, new regulations for offshore oil discharge and an overhaul of health and safety regulations for animal by-products in England and Wales.

Final figures for 2015-16 show that Wales is recycling double the waste it did a decade ago and is exceeding the current statutory recycling target of 58%

Wales doubles recycling rates in 10 years

Wales continues to lead the UK on waste management as new recycling figures for this year reveal that the country has doubled the amount of waste it has recycled over the past decade.

Northern Ireland's recycling rate creeps up

Northern Ireland's recycling and composting rate has reached a new quarterly peak at 45.1%, according to new official figures.

Co-operative Group lends helping hand to food waste with compostable bags

The Co-operative Group is rolling out compostable carrier bags to hundreds of its stores nationwide, in what it claims is an industry first.

A year in waste: how did the UK measure up?

Liz Gyekye presents the 2013 waste industry highlights across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and offers a sneak preview of what's in store for 2014

Food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart

Celebrities say 'come swine with us' for pig food waste campaign

A string of celebrities including Phillip Schofield, Janet Street Porter and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are backing a national campaign to feed pigs with food waste.

Mary Creagh: "A One Nation Labour government will ban food from landfill so that less food gets wasted in the supermarket supply chain and more food gets eaten by hungry children."

Labouring over the food waste dilemma

Labour has signalled its intention to introduce a landfill ban on food. But is it a credible, cost-effective and even practical policy? David Burrows reports.

5.85 million tonnes of organic waste was composted last year

7.5 million tonnes of organic waste now recycled

The UK sent 1.69 million tonnes of organic waste for treatment by anaerobic digestion (AD) last year, while a further 5.85 million tonnes was composted.

As the ninth largest city in the UK, Manchester plays a significant part in the generation of seven million tonnes of food waste per annum in the UK

Manchester's restaurants take on food waste in bid to become UK's greenest city

More than 300 restaurants and hotels across Manchester have signed up to a local food waste scheme, in a bid to make Manchester's hospitality sector the greenest in the UK.

The Cumbrian MRF breaks new ground

Cumbrian MRF breaks new ground by recovering waste locally

Cumbrian Waste Management has started work on a new £1m materials recovery facility (MRF), which will allow waste materials generated in the county to be recycled locally.

WRAP publishes latest waste management charges

WRAP has today published its latest Gate Fees report, which aims to increase price transparency and improve efficiency in the waste management market.

Glenmore Lodge is on track to save up to 100 tonnes of carbon each year

Glenmore Lodge adds biomass to sustainability credentials

Green tourism company Glenmore Lodge has reduced its electricity consumption by almost 40% during the first half of 2013, due to the installation of a biomass 'heat cabin'.

WRAP to examine economics of collecting 'neglected' waste wood

WRAP has commissioned a series of pilot studies in England to examine cost-effective ways to collect waste wood.

Kent partnership bins waste to advance resource agenda

The Kent Waste Partnership has signalled its clear intention to focus on maximising the value from residents' waste after announcing a name change to the Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) at its annual conference in Canterbury last week.

Economics of nappy recycling questioned as UK's only plant closes

The future of nappy waste recycling in the UK appears uncertain despite plans for a new treatment facility to come on-stream later in the year.

By 2016 it will be illegal to dispose of food waste in black bags

Separate food waste collections to be enforced across Ireland

Households across Ireland will be required by 2016 to segregate their food waste, as the country looks to fall in line with European directives.

In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news

Lots of activity on the energy recovery front of late, as the next tranche of treatment infrastructure gets the green light across the UK.

Renewables ups lobby clout with 'superbrand' merger

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has strengthened its lobbying position following a vote by members to integrate the Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR) into its operations.

Organic waste venture first to profit from GIB funds

A combined anaerobic digestion and in-vessel composting facility is the waste sector's first beneficiary of Green Investment Bank (GIB) funding.

A sustainable solution - the modular accommodation for eco-friendly waste processing at Westwood

Sustainable solution for Network Rail waste processing equipment

A sustainable, modular building has been constructed to accommodate eco-friendly waste processing equipment at Westwood, Network Rail's training centre near Coventry.

Bioplastic cement bags prove worthy of composting

Trials have shown that biodegradable cement bags used on construction sites could be of real value to composting operators.

Careful planning can reduce leftovers

WLWA influences consumer behaviour to cut food waste

West London Waste Authority takes a more holistic approach to tackling food waste issues. Nick Warburton reports

Quentin Maxwell-Jackson speaking at the report's official launch in Birmingham

AD lobby calls for landfill ban on food waste

A ban on food waste to landfill must be put into effect if anaerobic digestion (AD) is to reach its potential of powering 2.5 million homes by 2020.

Olympics must create legacy for compostable packaging

Plant-based packaging is set to play a major role at London 2012 but it will be for nothing if brand owners and waste companies fail to build on this opportunity, a leading Olympics advisor has warned.

National trials set to boost markets for AD digestate

New markets for the use of digestate in the landscape and regeneration sectors are to be explored under a series of trials funded by WRAP.

In brief: municipal waste contract news

Two local authority waste collection and management deals have been finalised this week with Yorwaste and enVar - one in the north of England and one in the south.

Food service sector braced for waste prevention drive

Caterers and food service operators will be expected to commit to reducing food and packaging waste under a new producer responsibility deal this May.

60% of councils show appetite for food waste

Nearly two-thirds of local authorities in England and Wales now collect food waste, or are planning to, but service provision remains patchy with strong regional variation.

Bird Eye aims for zero waste to landfill by 2014

Birds Eye is targeting zero waste to landfill for its manufacturing operations by 2014 under revised plans, a year ahead of its original target.

Wales gets a cash injection from Europe to boost recycling

EU awards £8m to Wales for landfill diversion drive

Wales has received a £8m funding boost from the EU to reduce and recycle waste across two of its southwest counties.

Resdiual waste will be burnt under the new agreement reached

Covanta preferred bidder for EfW deal in royal borough

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM) has appointed Covanta Energy as its preferred bidder to treat all residue and organic waste within the borough.

Farmers stand to gain a more sustainable future under reverse franchising

Farm-based recycling scheme held up as example of 'ethical capitalism'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's call for a return to "ethical capitalism" could benefit a novel recycling operation in which farmers work co-operatively with waste producers.

Mike Taylor speaking at MITIE's waste seminar

VIDEO: MITIE set to roll out commercial food waste collection service

MITIE is launching a food waste collection service for its customers next year, including the supply of compostable cutlery, which it claims could result in cost savings of up to 75%.

The education centre and main plant at the Farington facility which is set for closure

Two of Britain's largest recycling plants set to close

Lancashire County Council has revealed that a recent surge in national recycling rates along with the severe financial situation facing the local authority has contributed to the closure of two of Britain's biggest recycling plants.

Hot Rot managing director James Lloyd argues that parts of the Landfill Directive disincentivise water and sewage companies from adopting a more sustainable approach to waste disposal

The unfair benefits of Water Discounting

Does the wastewater and sewage industry need to be subsidised by the public purse to continue landfilling sewage waste? Hot Rot Organic Solutions managing director James Lloyd, argues that parts of the Landfill Directive are out of date and operators in the wastewater and sewage treatment industries are continuing to landfill waste, instead of investing in proven recycling technologies which can treat this valuable resource.

Boris Johnson homes in on zero waste for London

Boris Johnson urges businesses to sign up to food waste pledge

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called on businesses to stamp out food waste in the capital and sign up to a pledge which will be launched today (November 18) in Trafalgar Square.

Wastewater treatment 'greenest route' for food waste disposal

Using advanced wastewater treatment facilities to treat food waste through anaerobic digestion (AD) is the best environmental option, according to a new study.

Farmers could save money by sourcing bio-fertiliser from AD

Welsh farmers are being encouraged to realise the benefits of sourcing quality compost and bio-fertiliser, which could result in significant cost savings for them.

(L to R): John O'Neill, Department of the Environment, Maurice Buckley from NSAI, Minister Phil Hogan and Conor McGovern from rx3

Hogan launches Irish compost quality standard IS 441

The Irish composting market has received a boost with the introduction of a national quality standard IS 441, which will help create new markets for compost operators.

Peter Jones speaking at the RWM show in Birmingham

Thousands of waste plants at risk of closure in future

Thousands of waste facilities in the UK are at risk of becoming "stranded assets" due to them not being fit-for-purpose as the resource economy evolves, industry advisor Peter Jones has warned.

UK's first nappy composting plant set to open next year

A facility which uses pioneering technology from New Zealand to compost disposable nappies is set to open next year.

UPM deal set to generate £2M in cost savings for Surrey councils

Surrey's two biggest councils expect to generate cost savings of up to £2M a year by bulking up their paper and card household recycling collections.

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SWR lands major waste contract at Edinburgh Airport

SWR has won a significant deal to manage the waste at Edinburgh Airport, which is aiming to recycle 70% of its waste by 2020 with the remaining 30% diverted from landfill.

Safety film looks to aid compliance for composting operators

A film to help improve health and safety at composting sites has been released by waste management firm Viridor.

Compost firm County Mulch bought out of administration

Countrystyle Group and Material Change have acquired County Mulch's green and food waste composting businesses and assets, buying the company out of administration.

Build work starts on the latest phase of Organic Recycling's expansion plans

Lincolnshire lays claim to UK's first 'super waste' site

Organic Recycling has announced its intention to develop a 'super waste' site in Crowland, Lincolnshire, with the capability to treat over 100 different types of waste.

Sustainability objectives: Simone Mann

Everything's gone green

Commercial Group has a reputation for tough environmental standards and investment in areas of the company requiring most improvement. Co-founder Simone Mann tells Tom Idle how the targets are met and how the company has grown

Domestic energy use up 18% since 1970

British household energy use increased by 18% between 1970 and 2009, according to new statistics.

A significant amount of industrial food waste could be recovered through anaerobic digestion

Lucrative food waste 'there to be taken' if AD capacity increases

The amount of food waste in the UK available to anaerobic digestion (AD) developers and investors represents a "major opportunity" for the sector if it can be captured.

Scotland slips behind rest of UK as it misses 40% recycling target

Scotland has fallen behind England and Wales on its national recycling performance as it failed to meet a key target to recycle 40% of household waste by the end of 2010.

Getting to the gritty part

As water companies prepare to increase the opportunities for beneficial recycling of sewer grits, best practice guidance is being prepared for the water industry write Kathy Lewin, Tony Dee and James Peacock of WRc

Defra issues guidance for applying the waste hierarchy

Defra has issued updated guidance on applying the waste hierarchy for businesses in line with the revised EU Waste Framework Directive, which was transposed into UK law earlier this year.

Maximise the mixing

Effective digester mixing is key to maximising gas production in AD, says Andy Parr, writing on behalf of System Mix

BIffa builds on its presence in Hampshire

Biffa secures second Hampshire refuse contract

Biffa has been awarded a joint recycling and refuse collection contract for East Hampshire District Council and Winchester City Council, as the two authorities look to save £2 million in annual costs by merging their services.

Rotamix brings benefits to anaerobic digestion process

When Rotamix tank mixing systems were retrofitted on two digesters at a waste to energy plant gas production rocketed.

Organic farmers set to benefit from 'treated' household waste

Composted and fermented household waste are to be allowed for use in organic farming and horticulture for the first time, in a significant development for the sector.

Residents from Earthsong

Earthsong: urban living the sustainable way

Community values are at the heart of an eco-neighbourhood in New Zealand which offers an enviable way of living with its proactive recycling and waste minimisation initiatives. Katie Coyne reports

Davidson: Recycling levels are

Welsh recycling rates still on the up

Recycling in Wales is continuing to increase, according to the latest figures. 'The Municipal Waste Management Release October - December 2010' reveals that the municipal recycling and composting rate for the last three months of 2010 rose by 42%, a 5% increase on the same period in 2009.

A number of people attended the launch of Maidstone's food waste scheme this week

Maidstone launches new food waste scheme

Maidstone Borough Council officially launched its new food waste scheme earlier this week (21st March).

L to R: Iain Gulland and Richard Lochhead

£4M boost for Scottish food waste scheme

Scottish farmers and renewable energy leaders are backing a £4M Scottish Government initiative that aims to divert 25,000 tonnes of waste food from landfill and recycle it into fertilisers and green energy.

Solum Gruppen: looking to expand its market coverage

Solum Gruppen plans to enter UK AD market

Solum Gruppen of Denmark is planning to enter the UK market by opening an office to identify and deliver projects for its Aikan dry anaerobic digestion (AD) and in-vessel composting technology in the UK and Ireland.

Composting in TEG's silo cages

LondonWaste partners up to boost organic recycling

LondonWaste has agreed a partnership with three other companies to handle organic waste recycled by households in North London, which has increased dramatically over the past five years, since the development of North London's EcoPark Compost Centre.

Food waste collections have boosted Anglesey's recycling rate

Anglesey ahead in Welsh league table

The Isle of Anglesey County Council (IACC) achieved the top recycling and composting rate in Wales with 57%, in the three months from July to September 2010, according to the latest interim recycling and composting figures from the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG).

Offensive odours lead to fine

A waste management company in Perth was fined £14,000 after complaints were made by residents about offensive odours.

Plans for £60 million waste recovery plant in Aberdeenshire

SITA UK, the recycling and waste management company are to submit a plan to develop a multi-million pound waste treatment plant in Aberdeenshire.

Artist's impression of the proposed facility at Galashiels

New Earth expands north of the Border

New Earth Solutions has been named as the preferred bidder for a major waste management contract with Scottish Borders Council.


LWARB gives waste infrastructure a £2.9M boost

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) is to invest £2.9M in London's waste infrastructure through two initiatives.

David Cameron visits Polythene UK

Launch of new compostable checkout bag

A company in Oxfordshire is one of the first in the UK to offer a 100% compostable checkout bag.

Sion Benyon, Isle of Anglesey County Council compost technician

Anglesey households achieve 100% food waste recycling

All households on the Isle of Anglesey now have their food waste collected and turned into a compost rich soil improver.

Davidson: urging authorities to get involved

Welsh Assembly consults on statutory recycling

Welsh local authorities are being asked by environment minister, Jane Davidson, to participate in a consultation on statutory targets for municipal recycling.

(L to R:) Biill Riddle with Frankie & Benny's manager Paul Holloway and ECO Food Recycling directors Simon Heaps and Andy Jones

Retail park hits food recycling target

A food waste recycling scheme launched in August by Bournemouth's Castlepoint Shopping Centre and ECO Food Recycling has already achieved its seven ton target.

The May Gurney crew with Cllr David Harvey

West Oxfordshire to double recycling rate within a year

West Oxfordshire District Council is expecting its recycling and composting rate to almost double within the next 12 months, following the launch of its new waste and recycling service through May Gurney.

Cllr Knowles:

Barrow makes top ten list of most improved recyclers

Barrow, in Cumbria, has been listed as one of the top ten most improved areas in the country for recycling household waste, in Defra's Municipal Waste Management Statistics for 2009-10.

Locations of New Earth Solutions' sites

New Earth boosts its West of England presence

New Earth Solutions is continuing to grow its business in the West of England. It has been granted planning permission for energy recovery and has purchased an additional consented renewable energy site.

The bright orange containers are difficult to ignore

It's in the bag for Cromwell

Denbighshire County Council has awarded a two-year contract to supply compostable kitchen caddy liners to Cromwell Polythene.

ADBA wants households to have a separate bin for food waste

ADBA urges Government to prioritise food collection

The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) is calling for a significant increase in household food waste collection in response to the Government's Waste Review.

(L to R): Tom Larman (snr) with Peter Dickson and Mick Gumble of Verdant, with Tom Larman (jnr) and Ashley Brown of Abingdon Town FC (front)

Verdant launches twin scheme in Oxfordshire

Vale of White Horse District Council in Oxfordshire has introduced a new recycling and refuse collection operated by Verdant.

Kerbside food waste collection is a key part of the new scheme

South Oxfordshire recycling rate rockets

South Oxfordshire District Council has seen its composting and recycling rate rocket from 44% to 70% in just 12 months, following the launch of its new recycling scheme.

Stratford-on-Avon scores high in the league table

Stratford-on-Avon in top five for recycling

Stratford-on-Avon Council has been ranked fifth in a recycling league table of all English local authorities for 2009-10.

The pasteurisation unit at the Sharpness facility

Cardiff agrees food and garden composting solution

Cardiff Council has awarded New Earth Solutions with a contract to compost its food and garden waste.

Serco will provide street cleaning for Sandwell among other services

Serco wins £650M Sandwell deal

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has awarded a 25-year contract worth £650M to Serco for its new waste improvement plan, which is expected to start from November this year.

Bacon: looking for practical ways to improve recycling rates in the capital

London Assembly to probe disparity in recycling rates

An investigation into the wide discrepancy in recycling rates across the capital is being launched by the London Assembly.

Home composting can result in significant savings for local authorities

Report reveals untapped potential of home composting

Research commissioned by Straight plc from Resource Futures has revealed that local authorities can make significant savings by introducing home composting bins and avoiding landfill costs.

(l to r), Gemma Mustoe; Dan Welburn, of Ridan; Sue Jelleyman, volunteer master composter advisor

Shropshire funds college composting facility

Shropshire Council has announced that a new composting facility to process kitchen waste has been installed at the community college in Bishops Castle.

Harlow Council staff and members of Veolia who helped roll out the new collection system last year

Harlow residents double their efforts

New figures published by Harlow Council reveal that local residents are now recycling and composting around 50% of household waste, compared to just 25% last year.

Jane Davidson (centre) at the launch of Towards Zero Waste

Minister urges Wales to rethink rubbish

Following the launch of Towards Zero Waste, the new strategy introduced in Wales on 21 June, environment minister, Jane Davidson, has welcomed the publication of new waste and recycling figures and has called on householders to change their attitudes towards what they throw away.

Artist's impression of the site at Padworth

Veolia names contractor for Berkshire site

Veolia Environmental Services has awarded a contract to VINCI Construction UK to build an integrated waste management facility at Padworth Sidings in Berkshire.

Artist's impression of the energy-from-waste facility

Peterborough invites new bids for EfW plant

Two new firms have joined the race to design, build and operate new energy-from-waste and materials recycling facilities for Peterborough City Council, after one of the original bidders pulled out of the process.

Grow your own: Avon Valley School's vegetable plot

Warwickshire finds green solution for school slops

Warwickshire County Council is investing in a new Rocket composter from Tidy Planet for its office complex in Warwick. It already uses the machines at its offices in Shire Hall and at five schools throughout the region.

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