Day: 1 November 2001
Guidance aids local authorities to meet their contaminated land responsibilities
The Environment Agency has published guidance to assist local authorities with their responsibilities under the contaminated land regime (Part 11A of the EPA 1990). Funded by DEFRA, the guide is a result of collaboration between the Agency, the Local Government Association (LGA), the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and DEFRA
Waste timber: free resource separate
At present, timber-using industries in the UK spend millions every year disposing of waste. Waste management has been identified through industry research as a key commercial challenge for business across the timber industry. Waste costs can reach four per cent of turnover for many businesses.
Microwave-induced aluminium recovery
Pyrolysis is one of the principal routes for recycling plastic wastes. In such a process both the calorific and chemical values of the plastic are recovered, as opposed to incineration in which the chemical value of the polymer is completely lost. Most research and development on pyrolysis processes has been carried out with homogenous waste or pure plastics, rather than with more realistic materials that contain additional contaminants. Materials like aluminium/polymer laminates, used mainly as packaging for food and beverages and for other products, such as toothpaste, are often found in municipal solid waste (MSW) and, as they do not currently have an easy recycling method, most waste of this kind ends up as landfill.
The development of software to monitor and control the treatment of industrial effluent is one area that has attracted considerable interest in recent years. Indeed, the use of software solutions in planning all types of industrial development from concept to completion is now widely accepted. Modelling the options before beginning development enables companies to examine the widest range of alternatives and solutions at least cost.
Producer responsibilty and electrical waste: a case of deja vu?
With the impending WEEE Directive have come strong arguments for adopting a consistent approach across all producer responsibility-based legislation. The packaging regime, however, has given rise to a tension between businesses with obligations and those who issue recovery notes. Matt Townsend, senior associate in the Environmental Law Group of Allen & Overy, on picking the best bits.
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