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Archive | November, 2006

Re3 Waste Contract Is Signed

10/31/2006 A new £600 million waste contract aimed at further reducing reliance on landfill while boosting recycling rates has been signed by three local authorities and Waste Recycling Group. The 25-year joint Waste Private Finance Initiative (PFI) between Reading Borough Council, Bracknell Forest Borough Council and Wokingham District Council – known as the Re3 Waste […]

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Defra UK Municipal Waste Statistics Show a Small Reduction

The Uk’s Department of Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) have published their first estimates form their survey of municipal waste management. The survey shows a 3 percent reduction in the amount of MSW collected with 37.5 percent having some form of value recovered from it. 62 percent of MSW was disposed of to landfill […]

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Government Decides Against Relaxing Waste Technology Rules

The United Kingdom government has ruled out relaxing restrictions on the use of outputs from waste treatment technologies in its revision of waste management licensing regulations (NCE 12 October 2006). This news will be expected to have a negative effect the adoption of MBT. MBT uses several processes to separate waste into its constituent parts […]

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Waste to Land: China’s Polluted Soils Pose Health Risk

A tenth of China’s arable land is polluted with heavy metals and other toxins, with the pollution contaminating food crops, the country’s environment agency has said. Ten million hectares of China’s total arable land has been damaged by pollution from sewage, waste, scrap metal and acid rain, with serious consequences for health and ecology, officials […]

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Scale of ‘floating rubbish dump’ highlighted by Greenpeace

A floating plastic trash vortex which swells to cover an area the size of Texas is threatening wildlife in the Pacific. Discarded toothbrushes collected during a beach tidy-up. Picture couretesy of Greenpeace. Due to prevailing currents and wind, huge masses of waste dumped in the seas accumulate in the North Pacific gyre. As most plastics […]

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More Research “Desperately” Needed in Waste Management

A senior director of waste firm SITA UK said last night the UK “desperately” needs more research in waste management. Marek Gordon was speaking at the inaugural lecture of Imperial College’s new waste management professor, Sue Grimes. He said: “The techniques we are using now such as Efw and MBT are not new – they […]

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Environmental criminals facing “Al Capone”-style justice

The difficulty of fighting organised waste crime has pushed the Environment Agency to deal with illegal waste operators “like Al Capone”. Concerns that the law courts are not treating waste crime seriously with the level of fines handed out come as a major headache to the environmental regulators. Coupled with the difficulty of securing evidence […]

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