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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.