Day: 1 February 2000
EU Directive targets spur update in technical guidance
The landfill management industry and the Government are focusing on the major shift in operational practice and standards that will result from the implementation of the EU Landfill Directive. In this special feature LAWE reviews action to meet the UK's obligations and reaction from industry, with reports of developments on site and in landfill products.
Construction mounts major effort to minimise and reuse waste
The biggest producer of bulk waste going to landfill, construction and demolition, is the subject of a major survey as the industry continues to make progress on the minimisation, reuse and recycling fronts. Other sectors are also maintaining their commitment to recycling
Industry backs waste recovery solutions against incinerators
A new report from waste management company Biffa makes a strong case for waste recovery options over the potential benefits of incineration, while a newsprint industry study also comes out in favour of recycling used newspapers rather than going for the energy alternative.
See the sites
When Aggregate Industries UK Ltd launched its corporate-wide ISO 14001 initiative, aiming to certify all its UK sites before the end of 2001, the Environmental Working Group challenged with implementing the system soon realised the benefits of utilising IT, and set about implementing an intranet-based Environmental Management System.
States of industry
You log on to the website, input your information, and there it is: an instant appraisal of how your company compares with your sector, your industry, Europe-wide. This is the ultimate vision of the MEPI (Measuring Environmental Performance of Industry) project, co-ordinated here in the UK by the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit at Sussex University. Matt MacAllan reports.
This fleece top is made from recycled plastic bottles. Edwin Datschefski, director of BioThinking International, argues that, until we develop a unified picture of nature and industry as a single interdependent process, debate about environment will always be on a ³mankind versus nature² footing where one side always has to lose.
Treatment at a stretch
Typically, 100kg of raw wool will contain 65kg of fibre; the rest is dirt, vegetables and wax. Cleaning scouring and processing, entails detergent, oil and grease. Glynn Skerratt of the Centre for Environmental Technology at Staffordshire University, and Robert Skelton, Koch Membrane Systems, consider membrane treatment.
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