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Flanders is a great model that other nations should aspire to

Flanders: a society built on recycling

With its popular recycling parks, fashionable reuse shops and tiny landfill rates for household waste, Flanders in Belgium looks like an unqualified waste management success story. David Gilliver investigates

Tank bottoms get less crude

Reducing the amount of carbon in petrochemical sludges dramatically reduces their disposal costs and environmental impact. Ondeo has refined its analysis techniques to help a range of producers achieve this.

Landfill alternatives come into their own

With just ten years until the UK runs out of space for landfill - and three in the South-east - alternatives are starting to be taken seriously
John Haven

Italy rapped over incinerator planning

Italy has been rapped by the ECJ for failing to carry out an environmental impact assessment for a waste incinerator and failing to adequately publicise the plans.

Environmental Legislation Summary June 07

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 proposed changes to vehicle emissions standards from the EU, the final arrival of the REACH chemicals regulations and an update to biofuel tax rules in the UK.

Italy lacks waste plans

Italy has been told it must draw up waste plans for all of its regions, as they are currently missing in five provinces.

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

No hiding place

A landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice on environmental lapses could profoundly affect business throughout the EU. Chris Webb reports

Locking up the polluters

European law has been proposed which will eradicate safe havens for environmental crime, and send the criminals to prison. Ian Wilson reports

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary May 07

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 authorising the use of six chemicals found in pesticides, new rules on greenhouse gas emission trading in the UK, while Northern Ireland sees a host of new water and sewerage service regulations come into force.

Italy rapped for waste violations

Italy has been hauled before the European courts for allowing sloppy waste managment practices to persist.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, April 2007

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. This month we see new regulations giving financial incentives for energy saving devices and a law obliging producers to recover and recycle packaging waste, while English and Welsh water undertakers are told in more detail how to prepare and publish water resources management plans.

Rethinking remediation

Cleaning up a contaminated site can cause protracted headaches for developers. But delays to construction can be avoided, writes Martin Richell

A polished solution

Virotec provides tailored technology for the treatment of water and waste across a broad range of industries. General manager Simon Tillotson reports

Lessons from History

When it comes to assessing environmental risk, historical maps could play a vital role in filling the information gap. Richard Pawlyn reports.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, September 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 look at EU attempts to limit POPs entering the waste stream, tax allowances in the UK for energy saving industrial machinery and new regulations to protect the public and workers from radioactive contaminated land in Ireland.

Italy ignores EIA obligations

Italy has come under fire from the EC for failing to carry out an in-depth environmental impact assessment for a major incinerator.

No more dig and dump

The pressure is mounting to cut landfill and treat contaminated land. The ICU 2006 exhibition highlights the latest legislation and technologies involved, writes John Haven

The hazardous Waste Disposal site - 170m below the ground

With UK landfill sites at saturation, and the Landfill Directive creating more problems, hazardous waste disposal is increasingly challenging. Tom Idle found a solution 170m below ground

Saying yes to EMS

Businesses want to know if an environmental management system leads to good environmental performance, or if it is merely an exercise in greenwash. Scott McAusland reports

Tunnelling waste management guide

The UK Pipe Jacking Association has issued a guide to regulatory compliance for the management of process arisings from tunnels and other earthworks.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (December 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 a raft of new directives from the EU, the latest developments on REACH, tighter controls on batteries and in the UK new safety laws for offshore installations and more on restricting toxic chemicals in paints.

Cash disposal

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

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 (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.

Brown heat

With the golden age of landfill coming to an end, thermal desorption could be a major aid to developers in the regeneration of Brownfield sites. John Haven reports

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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.

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Uniqlo latest to sign up to supply chain detox

Uniqlo has committed to eliminating the release of all hazardous chemicals throughout its global supply chain by 2020, in response to Greenpeace's global Detox campaign.

Levi's latest to bow to pressure and detox its supply chain

Levi's has become the latest brand leader to pledge to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain and products by 2020, following pressure from Greenpeace.

Biffa set to slash debts by half through refinance deal

Biffa has announced a refinancing plan that will see the business undergo a significant restructuring process to reduce over half of its £1.1bn debt.

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.

Europe records rise in waste flow activity across borders

Waste is increasingly moving across EU borders for recovery or disposal according to the latest assessment from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

M&S promises to halt toxic chemical release from supply chain

Marks & Spencer has pledged to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain and products by 2020, following pressure from campaign group Greenpeace.

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.

Fears mount over marked deviation in waste accident rates

Concerns have been voiced over a growing divergence in health and safety trends across the waste and recycling sector.

Glass demonstrates 'safe' disposal for nuclear waste

Turning nuclear waste into glass could offer a cheaper and more viable disposal solution for this toxic material, researchers have found.

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

Hazard debate heightens around nanomaterials

Defra is seeing growing awareness of nanomaterials and their potential hazards, which have the potential to lead to over-precautionary responses that could impact on the waste sector.

One of the PyroPure units in diagram form

Clean-tech EfW firm gets commercial go-ahead

A compact advanced thermal treatment technology that can deal with complex waste streams on-site has been approved for commercial-scale production by the Environment Agency.

Aerial view of the Maggot Farm site

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.

Inside the waste bunker, which is served by 12 tipping bays

Incinerator trio powers up at UK's largest EfW plant

Three incineration lines are now up and running under one roof at the UK's biggest energy-from-waste plant, which went live earlier this month in southeast London.

Diageo produces many premium drinks brands including Guinness

Diageo partners up for zero waste in Belfast

Diageo is on track to reach zero waste to landfill by 2015 at its Belfast production plants in Northern Ireland by engaging in an industrial symbiosis programme.

Bacardi's five-year CSR drive halves water usage

Bacardi has cut water usage by 50% over the past five years according to its latest CSR report which also reveals significant milestones in energy efficiency and waste reduction.

Professor Christian Ekberg will co-ordinate the nuclear fuel recycling project

Nuclear fuel recycling boost could achieve 80% recovery level

Researchers in Sweden are investigating ways to maximise the recycling of nuclear fuel for fourth-generation power systems.

Healthcare providers 'too laid back' when it comes to clinical waste

More robust systems are needed for the management of clinical waste with many healthcare providers "too laid back" when it comes to dealing with the matter, according to a recent report.

The facility will help treat APCr from energy-from-waste plants

World's first APCr recycling and carbon capture plant nears completion

A facility capable of recycling and capturing carbon from air pollution control residues (APCr) is due to go live soon, in what is being claimed as a world first.

SWR secures deal for Metropolitan Police vehicle waste

Dry and hazardous waste created from the repair of Metropolitan Police vehicles is to be managed by SWR, who has won a contract with the support services arm of Babcock's emergency and critical services division.

Government urged to simplify hazardous waste policy statement

MPs have called for improvements to be made to government policy surrounding the building of large-scale hazardous waste facilities to reduce delays and costs for developers.

Electronic waste company takeover boosts landfill diversion

Welsh electronic and hazardous waste company FootprintMatters2U has acquired IT Asset Disposal in a bid to strengthen its service.

Displays, headsets and notebooks can now be ranked based on the chemical substances used in the manufacturing process. Image: TCO Development

Tech firms take action on hazardous materials

Dell, Samsung and LG are among the first tech firms to certify their products against new criteria for hazardous chemical substances, in a bid to reassure customers about their environmental standards.

Haz waste firm OSS Group acquires Hall and Campey

Hazardous waste specialist OSS Group has acquired Nottingham-based Hall and Campey, a waste oil collection business, for an undisclosed sum.

In Greenland, harsh conditions conspire to make waste management challenging

VIDEO: Movie highlights hidden dangers of Arctic waste

A film depicting the challenges of dealing with waste in the extreme environment of Greenland, where the population's health is being affected by unsafe disposal of hazardous materials, has been produced.

SRM deal makes Tradebe UK's biggest hazardous waste firm

Tradebe UK claims it is set to become the UK's largest hazardous waste management business after its parent company Tradebe Group acquired SRM, a leading solvent handling firm.

The streets are paved with palladium for Veolia

VIDEO: Veolia recovers precious metals from street sweepings

Veolia has announced plans to recover minute amounts of the rare metal palladium from street sweepings using a novel soil washing-based technology it has developed.

Cause of blaze at Veolia's Tottenham depot unconfirmed

A fire at Veolia's fleet depot in Tottenham, London has damaged several recycling trucks - although no disruption to collection services has been caused, according to the company.

Riot clean-up helpers praised for fast response

Local authority crews, waste contractors and the general public have been praised by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) for their support in clean-up operations, following four nights of riots in London and across the country.

Landfill over-reports deadly dioxin levels by factor of a million

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has come under fire for not enforcing stricter controls on data submitted to its pollution release inventory, amid revelations that vastly inaccurate figures have been recorded.

City heights: The Melbourne skyline in Victoria, Australia

Hazardous waste: lessons from down under

Is it possible to eliminate waste disposal, tackle resource scarcity and benefit the economy all at once? Yes, says Cameron Brown, just look at Australia

Consultation launches on hazardous waste guidance

New planning guidance for hazardous waste facilities has been put out for consultation by Defra in the form of a draft national policy statement.

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

Tank accident releases hazardous waste water

Solvent Resource Management Ltd has been fined £150,000 after a spill released waste solvents and water at its chemical plant in Rye, East Sussex.

Plasma technology can help treat fly ash in incinerators like these

Webinar tackles hazardous waste treatment

A sustainable solution for the treatment of hazardous waste was outlined today (17 May) in an exclusive edie webinar.

Webinar set to tackle challenges of hazardous waste

The changing face of hazardous waste management will be debated in an exclusive webinar on edie next week.

Ireland's industrial pollutant output falls

Ireland has found itself amongst Europe's winners as the European Union revealed a fall in industrial pollutants over the weekend.

Casmalia Superfund Site: US EPA

49 US companies ordered to pay for toxic dump clean-up

49 companies are to pay $1.2 million to assist in the clean-up of over five billion pounds of waste at a toxic dump site in Santa Barbara County.

Contaminated soil treatment hub opens

A new soil treatment hub has opened for dealing with contaminated soils, which would otherwise be hazardous waste.

The seven-year deal with Kier will save East Northants Council over £1.5M

East Northants set to save over £1.5M in new waste deal

East Northamptonshire Council has agreed a seven-year deal with Kier Street Services for a new waste collection, recycling and street cleansing service, effective from 1st August.

A new tax will do more harm than good, the BRC claims

BRC says Northern Ireland bag tax is "ill-conceived"

A new tax on plastic bags in Northern Ireland will do more harm than good to the environment, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) claims.

Gypsum report shows progress to zero plasterboard waste

A report into plasterboard use shows waste gypsum has been reduced on four key areas for the third year in a row.

Arrests made over illegal tyre export

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of exporting tyres illegally to Vietnam and Hong Kong.

'Great garbage patch' in Ocean stirs up controversy

Sections of the press have pounced on news this week that a US professor has said the plastic rubbish patch floating in the Pacific Ocean is not as large as has been claimed.

EWC operations and Husmann UK engineering soon to be separated to create greater space at the new site

EWC unveils ambitious growth plans

Environmental Waste Controls (EWC) is doubling the size of its central operations and opening a new site next to its existing headquarters on the Knowsley Business Park in Prescot, Merseyside, as part of ambitious growth plans.

Computer producers must be responsible on pollution

Computer Aid International has called for IT manufacturers to be more responsible for the environmental cost of their products.

Rewarding recycling efforts

Windsor and Maidenhead extends rewards scheme

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is extending its recycling rewards scheme to around 13,000 residents who don't have access to a wheelie bin, such as people living in flats with communal recycling facilities, or people who live on narrow streets that are inaccessible to refuse collection vehicles.

Contaminated land report clears traveller site

The Highland Council has released a report of the investigation into a gypsy/traveller site and has concluded that there is no unacceptable risk from landfill gases.

Nine charged with electrical waste offences

Nine people have been charged by the Environment Agency with offences relating to the export of electrical waste to West Africa.

Heyworth: There isn't a perfect fit solution

How to catch it all - the SME question

With the waste review in full swing, Julian Heyworth asks how it can ensure that waste from SMEs is best captured

US to ban E-waste from being dumped in the developing world

America has announced this morning (October 1) details of legislation aimed at banning export of potentially hazardous electronic waste to the developing world.

EA calls for European cooperation on e-waste

Britain yesterday (September 15) called on Europe to work together to fight the 'toxic trade' in e-waste shipped to Africa.

Former Long Island aircraft manufacturing site cleaned up

Pollution left from a decade of heavy military production on a New York island has been cleared up.

New CFL recycling collection scheme launches

A new scheme to collect spent Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs) is launched today (September 1).

US rewrites toxic chemical rules

US environmental watchdogs are tightening rules to cover dangerous toxic chemicals used in consumer goods and industrial processes.

A CFL bulb

CFL bulbs recycling scheme to be expanded following pilots

Two pilot trials of recycling Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) bulbs are to be expanded after proving to be a huge success.

International pressure mounts as Iran fires up first nuclear power plant

Iran fired up its first nuclear reactor at the weekend after Russian engineers completed the project.

Wildfire nuclear contamination fears spark war of words

Fears Russia's rampant summer wildfires could release a soot cloud of radioactive particles sparked a war of words between government officials and environmentalists.

Business paints green sustainable picture

Paint firm Crown has published its latest sustainability report highlighting work to reduce solvent use and waste.

ATEX approval for new Darcy bund system

Darcy Spillcare says it is the first company to offer an ATEX-approved bund water control system. We take a closer look at the product.

Cllr Filmer: it is a council priority to make Medway a clean environment

Veolia strikes deal with Medway

Veolia Environmental Services has won a deal with Medway Council to provide recycling and street cleansing services for the next seven years and waste treatment and disposal services for the next 25 years.

USA aerospace firm fined $100k for hazardous waste breaches

A Michigan-based company that repairs aeroplane engines has been fined over $100,000 for alleged violations of federal hazardous waste regulations.

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.


Dutch court to consider Ivory Coast toxic ship case

The aftershock of an environmental scandal that brought down an African government four years ago is still being felt in Holland.

Members of Leicestershire County Council and GF Tomlinson sign the contract

Leicestershire framework will cut costs

Leicestershire County Council has devised a framework contract for delivering new infrastructure, including recycling and household waste sites, which will cut costs.

Radioactive waste sent to landfill by Sellafield

The operators of the Sellafield nuclear power station are investigating how five bags of nuclear waste ended up being sent to a landfill site.

Recommendations to Lead Registrants

New, practical recommendations are being made to try to help Lead Registrants ensure that Lead Dossiers are submitted in time.

Tar sand mining in Alberta

BP puts off tar sands decision

Energy giant BP has postponed making a decision about investing in Canada's tar sands until early next year.

Florida ammo amnesty cuts hazardous waste risk

Think of awkward household waste in the UK and batteries and medicines spring to mind - across the Atlantic they have other problems.

Somalia blames piracy on toxic waste dumps

African leaders meeting to discuss maritime security have said there are numerous social and environmental problems at the root of the rise of piracy off the east coast of the continent - including contaminated land.

Plastic-eating bugs could be answer for sea waste

Microscopic lifeforms that congregate on tiny pieces of plastic could protect fish and other sea creatures from toxins.

Councillors dump nuclear waste plan

Councillors have dumped plans to landfill nuclear waste in what could be a big blow to Government plans to increase the country's nuclear generation capacity.

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