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The LARAC chair said the organisation looked forward to working with both the REA and the Government to find solutions to the UK’s recycling and sustainability needs

REA calls for 'urgent' collaboration between food waste industry and local authorities

Increased collaboration and action is needed between the food waste industry and local authorities to boost recycling and food waste capture rates, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).

The education centre and main plant at the Farington facility which is set for closure

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.

A lack of food waste collection and larger bins caused major variations in recycling rates

Bin sizes and food waste collections pose recycling challenge, says WRAP

Factors under the control of local authorities account for the largest variation in recycling rates across the UK, new research from WRAP has revealed.

After 35 years of service, Ardley landfill site in Oxfordshire will no longer be accepting non-hazardous waste

Landfill closures promote waste as resource

Waste management firm Viridor has hailed the closure of two landfill sites as the "end of an era" as non-recyclable waste is instead being transformed into energy.

Eunomia finds that the UK is at risk of having more residual waste treatment plants than it needs

UK heading for waste treatment overcapacity, new report finds

The UK is at risk of having far more incineration capacity than it needs by 2017/18, according to a new report by resource management consultancy Eunomia.

Separate recycling bin for glass, paper, cardboard and plastic will be electronically weighed at collection

Pickles announces £5m recycling incentives fund

English councils that only offer fortnightly bin collections are 'short-changing residents with an inferior service' according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles who has today (29 August) launched a £5m recycling fund to reward areas that offer weekly refuse collections.

Industry group claims that the UK needs more waste treatment infrastructure

Resource management industry urges Government to launch investigation into waste facility 'infrastructure gap'

A resource management industry group has written to a number of ministers urging them to launch an investigation into tackling the UK's waste facility "infrastructure gap".

Green groups call on European Union to be ambitious and work towards a circular economy

Call for EU to follow ten steps to implement circular economy

A group of leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have issued a joint statement calling for the European Union (EU) to implement ten steps that will help Europe work towards a circular economy.

British Airways takes off with sustainable jet fuel

British Airways gives green light to use waste for jet fuel

British Airways has announced that it will start producing jet fuel made from waste destined for landfill in order to reduce its carbon emissions.

The Willows Power & Recycling Centre will process 170,000 tonnes of black bag waste from households across the county into 170 GWh of electricity per annum

UK Green Investment Bank invests £51m in energy-from-waste project

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing £51m in a proposed new energy-from-waste plant in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

Industry expert takes on 'lazy' journalism and tackles inaccurate reports on recycling

A waste industry expert has managed to get several newspapers to correct their inaccurate reports on recycling after making complaints to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).

Defra calls for evidence on RDF market

Defra has issued a call for evidence on the refuse derived fuel (RDF) market in England in order to "fill the gaps" in its evidence base.

Waste crime costs UK up to £808m a year, report suggests

Waste crime costs the UK economy more than £800m a year, according to new research.

UK is heading for residual waste treatment 'capacity shortfall'

UK residual waste treatment infrastructure facing troubled future, report suggests

Residual waste treatment infrastructure will be unable to cope with waste volumes over the next ten years, according to a new report published by recycling and waste management firm SITA UK.

The new energy-from-waste facility will convert more than 420,000 tonnes of residual waste into energy each year, which would have otherwise gone to landfill

UK GIB invests £20m in new energy-from-waste centre

UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing in a new £250m energy recovery centre to be built in Teesside.

England left trailing in UK circular economy race

England is a poor circular economy contender compared with Scotland and Wales due to its focus on the bottom of the waste hierarchy, new research claims.

Lord DeMauley has reminded local authorities of the amended Waste Frame Workwork Directive, which will mean that comingled collections of dry recyclables will not be permissible in all circumstances

Defra clarifies new recycling laws

Local authorities will have to collect some recyclables "by way of separate collection" under new EU waste laws, the government has confirmed.

The tender process has cost NLWA £21m, but the new strategy could save £900m over the life of the abandoned contracts

North London drops £3bn waste contracts

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has ditched plans to procure two major waste contracts worth a combined £3bn.

Melton Borough Council saw it's biggest gains from diverting street sweepings from landfill - 600 tonnes annually from now on

New agreement cuts council's total waste by 11% but halves green waste collected

Melton Borough Council has seen overall waste to landfill fall by 11% in the first full year since agreeing a new service model with Biffa, but the majority of gains came from street sweepings recovery, and green waste tonnage halved.

Industry unites to urge government action on waste investment

The Government has been warned that it risks "sleep walking" into a waste infrastructure shortfall unless it conducts an urgent review of its waste data and revises the investment decisions made on the back of it.

Zero waste: why just be less bad?

Has zero waste become something of a lazy opt out clause for companies? Andrew Gadd considers the deeper implications of this buzzword for sustainability

Waste chiefs warn of infrastructure 'crisis' as landfill targets loom closer

Local authority waste chiefs have called for an urgent review of national waste data amid fears that the UK is ill-prepared to meet forthcoming Landfill Directive targets.

Isn't it about time waste was kept closer to home?

Empowering local communities to make the best uses of their resources can be a powerful economic driver - if only waste companies would cotton on, says Javier Rojo

European EfW market soon to 'peak' as UK reaches saturation point

The waste-to-energy market is slowing down according to new research, which suggests that the commissioning of new capacity will decrease in the UK and across Europe from 2015 onwards.

Consented waste plants face growing struggle for finance

Investor uncertainty is holding back a significant number of waste treatment facilities from coming on-stream, new research has revealed.

EfW policy inertia is 'damaging' UK's energy security ambition

There is a pressing need for the waste industry to work more collaboratively with government to fully exploit the energy potential of residual waste via heat networks, a leading expert has said.

Incentive scheme boosts kerbside recycling rates in Wokingham

Recyclebank's rewards scheme with Wokingham Borough Council has helped drive up recycling rates over the past 11 months.

By 2016 it will be illegal to dispose of food waste in black bags

Separate food waste collections to be enforced across Ireland

Households across Ireland will be required by 2016 to segregate their food waste, as the country looks to fall in line with European directives.

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.

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

Eric Pickles faces rising backlash for his arguments against alternate weekly waste collections

Eric Pickles' weekly waste claims 'thrown in the bin'

Adoption of fortnightly waste collections has a positive impact on recycling rates and household behaviour, new research has shown.

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.

Battle of the bins is 'muddying' national recycling drive

Long-running battles over kerbside collection methods are damaging efforts to increase recycling rates in the UK, according to a leading industry commentator.

EfW tool set to optimise energy outputs from residual waste

A tool to help calculate renewable energy outputs from waste materials is set to optimise recovery processes at energy-from-waste (EfW) plants.

British Airways takes off with waste-sourced aviation biofuels

British Airways has entered into a joint venture to source aviation biofuel from waste in Europe's first commercial-scale low carbon jet fuel production facility.

Planning permission for waste plants makes haste

Planning consent for waste plants is outpacing applications according to new research, which appears to contradict industry perceptions.

Weekly bin collections leave trade bodies feeling rubbish

Local councils have been selected to benefit from a £250m government weekly bin collections fund, amid concerns that funding could be withheld if authorities fail to carry out the weekly schedule.

Greater collaboration will hike up value of textile recycling

Closer partnerships between textile recyclers, local authorities and waste management companies are needed if greater volumes of household textiles are to be diverted from landfill.

 BBC The One Show presenter Tony Livesey with some of the Biffa crew

BBC One Show highlights violent attacks on bin men

Violent assaults against bin men are on the increase and tough measures must be taken to curb this worrying trend, waste leaders have warned.

Abramovich becomes the latest billionaire to support clean-tech energy

Chelsea FC boss Abramovich backs investment in EfW

Ervington Investments, which is backed by Russian billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, has acquired a 10% stake in UK energy-from-waste firm Waste2Tricity.

'Biggest shake up in 20 years' sees Tandridge halve waste to landfill

One of Surrey's worst-performing recycling authorities, Tandridge Council, has introduced a collection scheme that has halved residual waste going to landfill and could save it £1m a year.

Steve Lee: Sucking energy from residual waste will the big game in town

Rise of EfW in UK will be 'meteoric' claims CIWM chief

The UK energy-from-waste market is expanding rapidly and shows signs of further growth potential, according to a leading industry figurehead.

WRAP issues practical EfW feasibility guide

Guidance on funding, designing and planning small-scale energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities has been published to help businesses on a practical level.

ROCs support set to underpin UK gasification surge

Over 100 advanced gasification plants need to be built in the UK by 2030 if Europe is to deliver on its renewable energy targets, according to latest research.

EfW vital to UK meeting future waste targets

A pressing need to increase recovery rates for non-municipal waste streams will drive strong growth in energy-from-waste (EfW) technologies over the next four years, new research reveals.

FCC and DS Smith team up for trade waste partnership

Two leading waste contractors have joined forces to offer businesses a more streamlined collection service for trade waste.

Woking Council targets schools for food waste drive

Woking Borough Council has extended its dedicated food waste service for flats to the majority of its schools in a bid to increase overall recycling rates.

Artist's impression of the Teeside gasification plant

Teeside set to host world's largest gasification facility

Air Products will build and operate a 50MW advanced gasification plant making it the most powerful energy-from-waste facility of its type in the world, the company claims.

Careful planning can reduce leftovers

WLWA influences consumer behaviour to cut food waste

West London Waste Authority takes a more holistic approach to tackling food waste issues. Nick Warburton reports

Energy-from-waste explosion sparks jobs boom

The rise in energy recovery facilities across the UK and the rest of the work is creating huge demand for jobs and skilled workers, as Victoria Kenrick finds out

UK at risk of over-investing in waste infrastructure

The UK is in danger of building too many waste treatment plants and could reach over-capacity by 2015, new research warns.

London council targets SMEs with trade waste drive

The London Borough of Bexley is embarking on a marketing drive to promote its trade recycling and waste services to local businesses.

Viridor celebrates construction progress in Ardley

In brief: energy-from-waste contract news

Viridor reaches a milestone in the construction of its latest energy-from-waste (EfW) facility, while Waste Recycling Group gets the green light for energy recovery in Buckinghamshire.

NHS sitting on waste-to-energy 'gold mine'

Hospitals could make significant savings in the future by tapping into the waste they produce to power their sites as part of a decentralised energy strategy.

Wasteful habits are not helping the industry's image

The eating disorder around food waste

Battling negative perceptions of 'slop buckets', Nicola Peake explains why more service providers need to do more to capture this waste stream

NHS trust waste manager calls for radical change

The NHS must reduce its reliance on incineration and focus on better prevention techniques if it wants to get a tighter grip on waste management, a leading acute trust manager has said.

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.

London to roll out 'time bands' for waste collections

A new 'time banding' system for commercial and residential bagged waste collections in London is set to launch from April 1, in a bid to improve hygiene.

Oliver Heath is in favour of greater recovery through energy-from-waste

Oliver Heath endorses gasification waste-to-energy project

Eco-designer Oliver Heath has backed plans for an energy centre that will power local businesses and homes in Northamptonshire.

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

Society in denial over waste-to-energy?

Peter Gerstrom, chairman of ICE Waste Management Board asks if Britain is burning its bridges by snubbing incineration.

The role of Energy from Waste within integrated waste management

Ian Crummack, General Manager of Cyclerval UK - a subsidiary of the Tiru Group - explains why proportionally scaled Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities have an important role to play with today's integrated waste management systems.

The LATS myth

Environment minister Elliot Morley responds to last month's editorial criticising the Landfill Allowances Trading Scheme

Local conditions save on primary energy

Regulations in most European countries stipulate a specific ranking for methods of organic waste treatment.

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