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Green light to build two waste treatment plants

Waste treatment infrastructure has received a boost with two plants in the south of England getting planning permission in the past two weeks.

Does waste need a new language?

The terminology around waste is a much debated issue and as the language surrounding it evolves, this throws up some interesting dilemmas for society at large, ponders Mike Tregent

Shanks' MBT plant at Hespin Wood

Shanks signals intent with expansion into Cumbria and Wakefield

Shanks continue its penetration into the municipal waste market by securing one new contract and delivering on an existing one.

Artist's impression of the new MBT facility in Essex

In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news

The latest activity in the energy recovery sector sees three major infrastructure projects take flight including a novel incinerator bottom ash recycling facility underpinned by a sustainable mode of transport.

Shanks PFI waste project latest to benefit from GIB funds

Shanks is the latest beneficiary of UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) funding, receiving funding to help deliver its newly-secured PFI waste treatment contract with Wakefield Council.

First foil laminate recycling plant gets commercial go-ahead

Foil laminate packaging recycling has taken a major step forward as a site has been secured to build the world's first commercial-scale plant for recovering this material.

Waste MBT plant powered by solar in UK first

The UK's first solar powered major waste treatment plant has been announced in Cambridgeshire, which will meet over 70% of the facility's energy requirements.

Eric Pickles with New Earth MD Chris Cox (right) and planning director Robert Asquith (centre) at the Canford waste reception

Eric Pickles endorses MBT for future waste recovery

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles lent his support to energy from waste by visiting a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility in Bournemouth last week.

Done deal: John Tomlinson from the City of London Corporation and Dave Buckley from Taylor

In brief: local authority waste contract news

Greater London is the focus for the latest municipal waste deals, which involve MBT technology, consultancy services and an estates recycling refurbishment.

BiogenGreenfinch is set to strengthen its presence in the Welsh market

In brief: organic waste contract news

Latest developments in organic waste treatment involve build work for three new anaerobic digestion and biomass sites, plus a key bio-digestate contract win.

VIDEO: Veolia unveils flagship urban waste park in London

The UK's first large-scale innercity integrated waste management facility has opened in South London, claiming to set new standards for community-led urban regeneration.

Kate Humble says attitudes need to change around how we view rubbish

Waste must 'rebrand' to widen appeal - Kate Humble

TV broadcaster Kate Humble believes the waste industry has a crucial role to play in altering public perceptions around sustainable resource management.

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.

A worker at the Cumbernauld anaerobic digestion plant

Waste shows its potential

SMEs can benefit both economically and environmentally from waste. Ian Goodfellow explains how the waste management industry, the Responsibility Deal and new regulation are all making a difference

The new MBT facility will handle around 75,000 tonnes of waste per annum

Shanks opens first of two MBT plants in Cumbria

Shanks has opened the first of two mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plants in North Cumbria as part of a 25-year £700m waste disposal contract with Cumbria County Council.

Essex councils look to MBT to treat residual waste

A proposed mechanical and biological treatment (MBT) facility for Essex has moved a step closer after Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council selected Urbaser and Balfour Beatty as their preferred bidder for residual waste treatment.

Viridor to build MBT, AD and gasification 'super-hub' in Glasgow

Viridor is set to develop a £150m 'zero waste hub' for Glasgow City Council to treat and dispose of its residual rubbish.

MBT growth 'accelerating' for waste treatment, study reveals

Growth for mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plants is accelerating with 80 new facilities commissioned across Europe over the past three years.

Waste sector bullish over future growth for RDF and SRF

Confidence is growing in the long term prospects of the UK's fuel from waste market, according to a report out today (November 16).

An aerial view of the Old Kent Road IWMF

VIDEO: Veolia's first inner-city MBT facility set to open in 2012

London's first inner-city integrated waste management facility (IWMF) is on track to be fully operational by January 2012 - and could form the blueprint for other urban developments, it was announced yesterday (November 10).

WRG's intention is to capture more of the trade waste market

Exclusive: WRG targets C&I waste sector for future growth

Waste Recycling Group (WRG) is looking to significantly bolster its trade waste and recycling service offering to businesses over the coming years, as part of a major repositioning exercise.

Refuse-derived fuel will be one of the main outputs from the MBT facility

Shanks extends its reach in Scotland with AD and MBT

Shanks Group has opened anaerobic digestion (AD) and mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facilities in Glasgow, as part of its strategy to extend its reach north of the border.

L-R: NES MD Chris Cox with Sir Steve Redgrave and Dave Whitaker, director of investment fund manager Premier Group

VIDEO: Sir Steve Redgrave opens Avonmouth MBT facility

A mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility, which can treat up to 200,000 tonnes of waste a year, has opened near Bristol with plans in place to build an energy plant on site to produce biogas in 2012.

L-R: Wiltshire councillor Toby Sturgis, Hills Group CE Mike Hill, and Interserve Construction’s director of infrastructure Simon Ohlenschlager

Build work underway for MBT facility in Wiltshire

Construction work on Wiltshire's first mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant has begun, which will treat up to 60,000 tonnes of household waste a year across the county.

A computer-generated image of the MBT facility

Interserve wins MBT build deal for Wiltshire's household waste

Interserve has been awarded a contract to build a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant for Hills Waste Solutions on behalf of Wiltshire Council.

An artist's impression of the new MBT plant

Civils firm secures MBT build for Lincolnshire

Clugston Construction has won a £8M contract to build a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant in North Lincolnshire.

The new facility will help divert 75% of residual waste from landfill

Manchester goes live with first of five MBT sites

The first of five major treatment sites for Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority - a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant with Anaerobic Digestion (AD) - is up and running.


SITA withdraws bid for arc21 contract

SITA UK has announced that it has withdrawn from the procurement process for the arc21 residual waste PPP/PFI contract in Northern Ireland.

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.

Asquith: achieving a successful stream of planning applications

New Earth Solutions gets go ahead for two new plants

New Earth Solutions has been granted planning permission for two new facilities: a low carbon renewable energy plant in Dorset and a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant in Widnes.

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.

L to R: Nigel Christian, Cumbria County Council; Huw Lewis Shanks Waste Management; Cllr Dave Roberts, Cumbria County Council; John Hodder, development manager; Phil Redmond, managing director, Hanson

Work underway on second Cumbria MBT plant

Work has commenced on the second of Cumbria's new mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plants.

View of the planned renewable energy facility next to the MBT

Bristol gives green light to renewable energy facility

Bristol City Council has granted planning permission for a low carbon renewable energy facility to be sited alongside the New Earth Solutions mechanical and biological waste treatment (MBT) facility at Avonmouth, in Bristol.

Foundation piling at the Avonmouth site is now complete

New Earth starts work on £25M Bristol MBT

Construction is now underway on New Earth Solutions' new £25M mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant in Avonmouth, Bristol - its fifth waste treatment facility.

The new MBT facility will treat up to 50,000tpa of residual household waste

Leicestershire MBT facility ready for action

Leicestershire County Council saw the first loads of household waste enter its new mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility on 1 October.

Artist's impression of the new MBT facility

Biffa and M+W in £1bn MBT facility deal

Biffa Group has agreed a £1bn plus deal with M+W Group's UK team to build a new MBT facility in West Sussex. It is the first project that Biffa and M+W have collaborated on.

Cambridge school children visit the education centre

Waterbeach learning centre is top of the class

The 'learning outside the classroom' quality badge has been awarded to an education centre, in a new recycling facility, in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.

MBT plant for Lake District

Cumbria County Council has once again shown its backing for the Mechanical Biological Treatment of waste, giving the green light for development of a second in as many years.

Irish think tank ponders future of waste

A leading Irish think tank has published recommendations outlining how the country's municipal waste could be managed in a more cost effective and less polluting way.


Organic waste has huge potential to produce sustainable energy for the UK's household and transport needs. But despite its climate credentials - and government support - Britain is in danger of missing out on the full benefit of biogas for a generation. David Strahan reports

Alistair Smith, director of Butler & Young

Butler & Young builds on its expertise with Shanks

Butler & Young has won a contract with Shanks Waste Management to provide building control for its new intelligent transfer stations.

Strategy identifies possible sites for West Midlands waste facilities

A regional strategy to recycle more and dump less aims to set the scene for a stronger waste management industry in the West Midlands.

Illustration of the integrated facility Veolia intends to build

Game on for Veolia at the Old Kent Road

Veolia Environmental Services has been given the green light by Southwark Council to build an integrated waste management facility at a former gas works site on the Old Kent Road in London.

An artist's impression of the proposed MBT plant

Wiltshire MBT plant gets green light

Hills Group has won planning permission to build a £15M MBT plant in Westbury, Wiltshire. Wiltshire County Council gave the go-ahead for the 45,000tpa facility which is set to be operational by 2011.

Linking MBT with AD for greater flexibility

Developments in biogas utilisation mean that the combination of MBT with anaerobic digestion offers a flexible and efficient solution when treating residual waste. Alex Marshall explains

How to get the most from waste-to-energy

Generating energy from waste is attracting increasing attention. But incineration causes concerns. Andrew Hamilton says his company has a technology that bypasses the issue

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

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 plans

Britain's landfill sites are overflowing, yet those who would offer alternatives are often daunted by the planning process. Glenn Sharpe, of Hammonds law firm, says they shouldn't be

But is it waste?

Libby Cooper (Clarkslegal LLP), Sue Davidson (SJ Berwin LLP) and Hilary Stone (Brunel University) ponder on the true definition of waste

Bridging the gap

RPS principal consultant Claudia Amos and consultant David Rodgers study ways of determining end markets and uses for waste-derived products

Exim amendment faces opposition

US Friends of the Earth (FoE) is campaigning against an amendment to the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 that will prevent the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Exim) from applying its minimum environmental standards to some foreign projects it backs.

Millenium bug no excuse for pollution

The Environment Agency is warning companies: Beat the Bug - or face enforcement action if it causes a pollution incident.

UPS to deliver greener packaging

The United Parcel Service is to reduce the amount of material used in its packaging, thus helping the environment and saving the company more than $1million a year.

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Indonesia - Environmental protection near collapse

Indonesia's financial crisis has meant the nation's efforts to prevent pollution and environmental degradation are "on the brink of collapse" according to Mr Sudarsono, Secretary to Indonesia's Minister for Environment. - Special report by Asia Environmental Review (ASER).

Greenhouse Task Force recommends taxation and trading

Lord Marshall's Task Force on the use of economic instruments in UK's climate change strategy has recommended the use of both emissions trading and energy taxation, to involve all sectors of the economy in meeting climate change commitments.

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