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World's largest canmaker updates sustainability goals to account for Rexam acquisition

The world's largest canmaker Ball Corporation, has outlined a new sustainability agenda which will see it adopt science-based carbon targets and lead the field in next-generation spacecraft propulsion systems.

Metal recycling, which offers far greater carbon savings, has fallen 4% in 2013

Council emissions savings down 3% as recycling rate stalls

The amount of CO2 being saved by local councils in England and Wales through recycling fell by 3%, between 2011/12 and 2012/13, according to a new recycling report released last week.

Further changes for scrap metal dealers

Mobile scrap metal collectors warned they must have correct licence

Scrap metal dealers including mobile collectors will require licences issued by councils they operate in to ensure material traceability, due to new rules.

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New can crushers launched in Scotland

Drinks can recycling programme Every Can Counts has launched five new can crushers around shopping, commuting and academic sites in Scotland.

The new Act, which will replace the 1964 Scrap Metal Dealers' Act, will provide tighter licensing for scrap metal dealers

Metals recycling legislation replaced for first time in almost 50 years

Today marks a "watershed moment" for the scrap metal industry with the introduction of new legislation.

The £1.2m fund will be used to improve or expand recycling collections at the kerbside

£1.2m funding to boost recycling in London boroughs

London boroughs have received new funding to help improve recycling rates in the capital.

Carlsberg teams up with Alupro to back aluminium recycling drive

Carlsberg has become the first brewer invest in national aluminium packaging recycling campaign 'Every Can Counts' which encourages on-the-go recycling at outdoor events across the UK.

Hewlett Packard highlights hefty cost savings in WEEE by slashing red tape

The UK could save up to £64m a year if the Government's WEEE consultation elects to match collection sites to compliance schemes, according to a report from Hewlett Packard (HP).

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.

Demand for rare earth metals requires recycling strategy overhaul

A rethink in recycling practices is necessary to mitigate against resource scarcity risk as demand for rare earth metals grows, new research warns.

Rare earth elements are essential for the manufacture of solar panels

European Commission launches network to help safeguard against resource scarcity

The European Commission has launched a network to address Europe's dependence on critical raw materials that are crucial to EU business.

E-waste deal could transform rare earth metals recovery

Commercial-scale high value extraction of precious and base metals from used circuit boards is nearing reality following successful R&D work in this field.

Lessons from Germany: securing supply of critical metals

German efficiency is being deployed to harvest rare earth metals from various waste streams in a manner that should make us envious, says Susanne Baker

'Endlessly recyclable' drink cans drive European market expansion

An increase of two billion cans filled in Europe last year is helping to boost recycling rates, according to the Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME).

WEEE gets reuse boost with best practice standard

The world's first certification scheme to promote the reuse of used and waste electrical and electronic equipment (UEEE & WEEE) has been launched this week.

Social enterprise invests to capitalise on WEEE recast

A not-for-profit scheme is expanding its e-waste recycling capabilities to meet what it sees as a growing demand in the market for unwanted electrical items.

Recycling campaign boosts kerbside metals capture rate

An industry-backed programme has helped drive up metals collections at the kerbside over the past year according to latest figures.

Bill passage promises iron fist for metal thieves

The Scrap Metal Dealers Bill, which aims to tackle metal theft, passed through the House of Lords Committee Stage today.

Metal recyclers given 'green light' to convert car waste

A landmark decision from the Environment Agency and Defra could mean that almost 800,000 tonnes of non-recyclable material from cars will now be recovered as energy every year.

Aluminium packaging on track to meet recycling targets

The aluminium packaging sector is on course to reach its 2012 recycling targets and should achieve the increased targets for 2017, according to Rick Hindley, chief executive of the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).

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.

Unilever pledges funds to boost recovery of metal packaging

Unilever has embarked on a two-year investment programme to increase household recycling rates for metal packaging across the UK.

Materials from just 25,000 tonnes of mattresses are recovered every year from a total of 169,000 tonnes

New research highlights sorry state of textiles recycling

Less than one-third of textiles thrown away each year in the UK are recovered for reuse or recycling, according to latest research.

Nespresso to raise bar for sustainable aluminium

Nespresso has met a key target to recycle 75% of its used coffee capsules a year ahead of schedule as it seeks to set new standards for aluminium sustainability.

Saint-Gobain makes cast iron savings in waste

Iron technology supplier Saint-Gobain PAM UK has embarked on an ambitious waste reduction drive over the past 12 months, which has seen recycling rates increase by 16% to an overall rate of 81%.

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WEEE recast signals higher recovery push for e-waste

Higher collection targets for e-waste have been introduced today across Europe as part of a forthcoming recast of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Directive.

Brits confess to recycling for sake of their pets

Pet owners make good recyclers according to new research which suggests that many worry how climate change might impact upon their furry companions.

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Honda pioneers rare metals recycling from used cars

Honda is set to embark on what it claims is the world's first mass-production process to extract rare earth metals from used car parts.

Former Corus steelmaking plant rises from the ashes

Britain's biggest steel plant has restarted production two years after it was dramatically mothballed in Teeside.

Health and safety boost for NI waste sector

A forum to drive up health and safety standards across Northern Ireland's waste and recycling sector has been launched.

Government issues stark warning to 'dodgy' scrap metal dealers

Dodgy scrap metal dealers linked to metal theft will have their licences torn up under new government proposals announced yesterday (February 8).

Lord Henley at the pilot€™s launch with representatives from the ACPO and BMRA

Pilot gives police new powers to crack down on metal theft

Scrap metal recyclers throughout the North East are to take part in a six-month pilot scheme to tackle the growing problem of metal theft.

Recycling sectors focus on boosting performance

WRAP's major role in promoting markets for recyclable materials continues to be reinforced with targets being laid down across eight programmes: five material streams ( paper, plastics, glass, wood and aggregates) and three generic areas (procurement, financial mechanisms and standards and specifications). LAWE Editor Alexander Catto reviews recent developments under the WRAP aegis and reports on progress among industry sector organisations which are driving ahead to hit the UK's formidable recycling and waste minimisation targets

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