Leeds-based waste firm Associated Waste Management (AWM) has been named as the preferred bidder for Bradford Council’s new 12-year waste treatment contract, with a ‘significant portion’ of the 150,000 tonnes of waste collected annually going to energy company SSE’s Ferrybridge facility.
North London Waste Authority has responded to government’s draft industrial strategy, pointing out that it makes no mention of waste, the circular economy or society’s need to manage physical resources better.
Workers in the City of London are being urged to use brand new coffee cup recycling points springing up across the area as Hubbub’s ‘Square Mile Challenge’ aims to recycle half a million cups in April.
Absorbent hygiene product recycler Knowaste’s appeal against a planning rejection for a new plant in West London has also been rejected, leaving the company assessing its options about whether to continue its search for a new development.
The European Parliament has voted to take on proposals to raise the European recycling target to 70 per cent by 2030 and to determine a single calculation method for recycling rates ahead of negotiations for the EU’s Circular Economy Package.
Centre-right think tank Policy Exchange has claimed the EU’s ‘ill-defined’ Circular Economy Package could cost UK businesses an extra £2 billion over the next 20 years, though others have questioned the report’s conclusions.
The UK needs to have a national debate on future recycling targets to establish a framework for the resource sector post-Brexit, says the Environmental Industries Commission, although other commentators have suggested the matter might not be in the UK’s hands.
A new European Remanufacturing Council has been launched with the aim of more than doubling the rate of remanufacturing across Europe, as well as promoting awareness and understanding of the remanufacturing industry.
Consumer goods company Procter & Gamble is producing a limited run of recyclable shampoo bottles made from recycled beach plastic in what it says is ‘the first major step’ in establishing a supply chain taking in plastic waste collected from beaches by charities.