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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.

Paperless system comes online

New electronic Waste Transfer Note system unveiled

A free online system allowing waste operators to replace conventional paper-based waste transfer notes has been launched today.

Wood recycling firm's 'regret' after £200k H&S fine

A wood recycling company has been fined 200,000 pounds after pleading guilty to serious safety failings leading to the death of an employee.

World's first international standard for waste reduction goes live

The world's first international standard for organisational waste reduction has been launched by the Carbon trust, adding to its existing standards for carbon and water reduction.

It is estimated that edoc could negate the need for up to 23m paper WTNs

Industry gets first look at new electronic Waste Transfer Note system

The new national online system to record waste transfers was unveiled at RWM last month, ahead of its official launch in January.

Fly-tipping reaches new heights as landfill tax starts to bite

Fly-tipping of commercial waste is reaching epidemic proportions in the UK as businesses resort to underhand methods to avoid disposal fees and landfill tax, according to an industry expert.

World's first standard for waste management sets a precedent

The first international standard for waste management has been developed by the Carbon Trust, which aims to set a global benchmark for good practice.

Electronic waste transfer system gets overwhelming sector backing

Almost three quarters of large waste operators have shown their support for a new online system for recording waste transfers.

HSE backs safety blueprint as waste industry acts to curb fatalities

A five-prong plan for driving down the number of people killed and seriously injured in the waste and recycling industry has been published.

Illegal waste boss arrested on runway lands in jail

A 55-year old man was arrested on the runway of Heathrow airport as he tried to flee the country to avoid paying back the proceeds of his illegal waste business.

Biffa found guilty in landfill site pollution case

Biffa has been fined £105,000 for failing to manage pollution from its Tyne and Wear landfill site in line with environmental legislation.

The waste hierarchy: it's your duty

Organisations have a clear mandate to apply the waste hierarchy within their operations, but many are failing on this front. Dominic Hogg examines the reasons why

Waste safety experts agree action plan to cut high death toll

A blueprint to tackle the worrying level of fatalities in the waste sector is set to be unveiled with widespread backing from industry leaders.

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Alarm sounds over lax hazardous waste enforcement

Calls are growing for stronger enforcement of hazardous waste management amid concerns that underhand practices are blighting the industry's reputation in dealing with this material stream.

Ignorance over REACH regs could 'push firms under'

Manufacturers are at risk of hefty fines as more hazardous substances face restrictions or bans, under REACH regulation.

Roadmap points to higher standards for waste compliance

Calls to raise standards in waste management have heightened with the publication of a roadmap that seeks to make the industry more accountable for its environmental performance.

Low-level radioactive waste generated at the Sellafield site

Sellafield faces prosecution over landfilling radioactive waste

The owners of the Sellafield nuclear plant are to be prosecuted over allegations that the company sent low-level radioactive waste to a landfill site.

Businesses not up to speed with end-of-waste criteria

Irish business leaders are failing to realise the importance of end-of-waste requirements, according to a government leader.

POCA 'more effective' than prison for waste crime

The Environment Agency's use of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) is often a more effective deterrent for serious waste criminals than a conviction or sentence.

Officers arrest 10 suspects in hazardous waste dawn raid

The biggest ever hazardous waste raid conducted in the UK concluded this week with multiple arrests following a series of dawn raids.

Summer deaths spark safety fears for waste workers

The waste and recycling sector is being urged to improve the safety of its workforce following a spate of deaths over the summer.

Record number of waste criminals now behind bars

The number of waste offenders sent to prison has almost trebled in the past three years, according to the Environment Agency.

Time to target the drug pushers of fly-tipping

Punishing those who illegally dump waste will never solve the problem - you have to confront the waste producers and increase visibility at the point of disposal, argues Phil Conran

Panorama exposes illegal trade of tyre dumping

Illegal tyre mountains are piling up across the UK as criminal gangs dump them or ship them overseas, creating big problems for legitimate recycling operators.

Skip hire firm deliberates appeal over £100,000 fine

RK Transport is considering appealing over a £100,000 fine it was ordered to pay in a prosecution case brought about by the Environment Agency.

Waste industry records drop in death rate

Five workers were killed in the waste and recycling sector during 2011-12 according to latest statistics released by the Health & Safety Executive.

Some of the materials unearthed by Environment Agency officers

Waste operator fined £100k for 'landfill gas' breaches

A Cornish waste firm owner has been fined over £100,000 for illegally disposing of hazardous materials including asbestos.

Landfill reliant SMEs risk becoming uncompetitive

Small businesses are set to throw away £470m in landfill tax this year by not recycling enough, according to new research.

Landfill tax fiasco far from resolved

Concerns continue to mount over controversial landfill tax changes despite the Government hurriedly re-issuing guidance last week in a bid to reassure the industry.

Pressure mounts on Government to suspend landfill tax hikes

Waste firms have called for recent changes to landfill tax to be suspended by six months to enable a proper consultation to take place.

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Maggot farm man jailed for burning hazardous waste

A West Yorkshire man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for waste offences and handling stolen goods.

Lorries park up in protest over landfill tax changes (credit: ITV News)

Landfill tax protest descends on parliament

Skip hire firms parked their vehicles outside Parliament today (May 24) in protest against controversial landfill tax changes which sent disposal costs for certain materials rocketing overnight.

Global alliance set to fight for waste pickers' rights

Waste pickers across the world are due to come together this week for the first time ever in a bid to improve working standards in their trade.

WRG slapped with fine for 'rotten egg' landfill odour

WRG Waste Services has been fined £10,500 for failing to contain offensive odours emanating from its Greengairs landfill site in North Lanarkshire.

Safety watchdog sets sights on waste industry

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has identified the waste and recycling industry as a priority area for intervention over the next few years.

Irish bye-laws force businesses to dispose of waste properly

All businesses and households across County Limerick in Ireland are required to source an authorised waste collection service under new bye-laws introduced last month.

Some MRF operators aren't keeping abreast of the latest waste legislation

MRF operators set to benefit from waste compliance tool

A tool to help operators of materials recovery facilities (MRFs) stay compliant with the latest waste legislation has been launched.

Europe could save billions by being more waste-compliant

The European economy could save €72bn a year if member states implemented EU waste legislation in full, according to a European Commission (EC) study.

Bogus waste transfer notes land Scottish operator with fine

A Scottish waste firm has been fined £1,350 for falsifying paperwork relating to duty of care obligations.

Exploring the great outsource

With the credit crunch, rising fuel prices, vehicle availability and legislation changes, 2008 is shaping up to be a challenging year for water industry fleet managers. Is outsourcing a viable option? Chris Sharp investigates.

How to comply with building-waste rules

The construction industry produces one third of the UK's waste. This month, the DTI's Site Waste Management Plans come into force in an attempt to curtail this. Kevin Stanley outlines what companies need to do to comply, and how the scheme can in fact save a business money

Investing to protect the water network

Investment in the security of the water network has moved beyond the legislated upgrades required of our service reservoirs. Michael Miles of Technocover looks at new areas of focus for enhancing the protection of water infrastructure

Driving change in fleet management

Environmental concerns are changing in the role of the fleet manager. But tighter emissions laws, tax schemes and safety regulation could provide an opportunity rather than a threat, says Paul Harrop

Time to unload the danger

Even in low-speed crashes, van drivers are killed or severely injured by loose loads. Yet there is still no legislation governing restraint systems. WET News talks to one man who has passion for the subject.

New waste rules come into force

At the end of the month, amendments to the Landfill Directive will require changes to the way in which you dispose of your waste. Do you understand your obligations?
Tom Idle

Retail breaks the rules on waste

In the North-west, 15% of retail businesses admit to taking their waste home to dispose of it - which is against the Duty of Care rules. Here we look at the reasons, and what can be done to educate
Dan Clayton

Profit through efficiency

Site Waste Management Plans are soon to become the law for projects of more than £250,000. Mike Payne of Envirowise explains how this will result in significant benefits for companies

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (January 2007)

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 laws and policies. The publication of the REACH chemicals regulation in the EU's official journal tops this month's legislative highlights, with the commission setting out the next steps for the regulation. REACH is to apply directly to European states from 1st June 2008 and will replace over 40 chemical laws, making it the biggest piece of legislation ever produced by the Union.

Environmental Case Law Summary, November 06

Once again Edie News and Semple Fraser team up to bring readers the latest on legal cases which impact on environmental industries in the UK and Europe. This month we see an interesting ruling allowing Ireland to charge the public to comment on planning applications, Portuguese plans to build a motorway through an ecologically sensitive area criticised for being environmentally unacceptable and confusion over who is responsible for implementing EU law on semi-autonomous Finnish islands.

Waste handling duty of care

A loophole which allowed businesses to put out rubbish for collection too early, and therefore increase the risk of it being scattered around the streets, has been closed.

Council loses waste case

Camden Council has lost its case against a company it argued had been illegally leaving waste in a public highway.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (April 06)

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 developments this month we see revisions to EU clean water rules with a new version of the Bathing Water Directive, while in the UK new ETS allocation rules provide for pre-2004 installations.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (February 06)

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 developments this month we see the EU's proposals on radioactive waste shipments, flood management and noise pollution and in the UK climate change agreements for energy intensive installations.

Defence sector

The threat of terrorism has pushed security at WTWs and WwTWs up the agenda. Michelle Todd of Expamet looks at the advantages of secure fencing

Cash disposal

With the ever spiralling cost of waste disposal, finding real alternatives has become a top priority, as Tim Reed explains

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (November 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 developments this month we see new health and safety regulations for Britain's nuclear industry, legislation to slash solvents in paints and varnish, regulation to reduce hazardous chemicals in electronic goods and the formal adoption of an emissions trading scheme.

Hazardous times

Stuart Randall, of environmental consultants DARP, believes that UK companies are seriously underestimating the impact of the new Hazardous Waste Regulations

Urban tree risk management

Arboricultural expert Chris Allder of ADAS, the UK's largest provider of rural and environmental solutions and policy advice, explains why the adoption of a tree risk management policy will prevent the loss of mature and increasingly rare trees from towns and cities.

Edie environmental legislation summary (April 2005)

In this month's Semple Fraser round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: new aviation emission levels; GM ruling; changes to EU Energy Act; Landfill Tax amendments and the Landfill Allowances and Trading Scheme; pesticide controls; water resources regulations and more.

Safe access to drainage

Michelle Fleming from Wavin Plastics explains how access to inspect and maintain drainage systems can be effective and safe

A viable alternative

Dennis Barrie, associate director of Entec, makes the case for a hub-based approach to contaminated land treatment

Are you Waste Aware?

Steve Lee, Chief Executive Officer at the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management reviews the challenges ahead in waste management

Green help for small businesses

We need to adopt a partnership approach to help smaller businesses improve their environmental practices, says Richard Martin, project manager for NetRegs

No time to waste

Martin Brocklehurst, head of waste strategy at the Environment Agency warns of changing regulations in the hazardous waste field

Detailing new deliveries

IEA's new system for multi-parameter monitoring of tankered waste

Avoiding the regulatory pitfalls

Hannah Scott of Eco Technology argues the case for focused, targeted training which can aid an organisation’s regulatory compliance and sharpen its skills.

Managing waste: partners in grime

Legislation is compelling manufacturing companies to manage waste rather than dispose of it. To this end, Wastefile UK offers a complete waste management service.

A process of waste elimination

Fred McArthur, director of United Utilities Industrial, looks at waste management in the food processing industry.

Tougher fine regime chosen for waste offence that ended in employee's death

Maria Cull, from law firm Herbert Smith, analyses recent court rulings relating to industry and the environment

Driving forward land remediation

These are challenging times for contaminated land. The treatment and reuse of brownfield sites is becoming increasingly driven by legislation. Churngold Remediation explains what might happen.

Are you responsible?

Ian Martin is general manager of the waste treatment division of Waste Recycling Group. This article highlights the main issues that waste producers must consider when disposing of their wastes and will assist decision makers in meeting their legal and social responsibilities.

Treading the middle ground

Waste brokerage can provide a valuable link in the waste management chain, bringing together producers, suppliers and other stakeholders. Jason Rayfield spoke to Roger Withinshaw and Tim Garrett of Outsource Site Services about playing their part in the burgeoning business of waste disposal.

Treading the middle ground

Waste brokerage can provide a valuable link in the waste management chain, bringing together producers, suppliers and other stakeholders. Jason Rayfield spoke to Roger Withinshaw and Tim Garrett of Outsource Site Services about playing their part in the burgeoning business of waste disposal.

Engaging SME’s in Environmental Projects

Engaging businesses in environmental initiatives and projects is notoriously difficult. Granted individual projects nationwide may achieve high levels of participation but on the whole most projects involving SME’s struggle to gain business participation. George Padelopoulos, Acting Manager for SIEnA, a non-profit environmental business support service for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, outlines a research project into engaging SMEs from the Port of Southampton in waste management.

Resource recovery: the burning issue

Scientists, engineers and economists have long pondered the issues of using waste to produce energy, but mainly in a municipal context. In the first of our seven-part series, Robin Holder, Tal Golesworthy and Peter Davies of consultants Environmental Development Technology, explore the potential of Waste to Energy for industry, looking at where we are, where we have come from and where, if the conditions are right, we might be going.

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