Dorset Council’s residual waste will be treated and disposed of by waste management company New Earth Solutions in a new six-year contract, starting in 2021.The deal between Dorset Council and New Earth Solutions, which was announced yesterday (6 July), ensures that Dorset’s residual waste – in other words, waste that cannot be recycled or is not collected by council recycling schemes – is diverted away from landfill.The new contract includes an option to extend for three years.
Government ministers have criticised ‘excessively tight’ restrictions at HWRCs following their re-opening in a letter to local authorities, sparking disappointment over the letter’s ‘tone’ from local authority associations.
Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a consultation on the future of recycling in the country as it seeks to reach a 65 per cent recycling rate by 2035.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has urged the government to accelerate the transition to a circular economy as part of a Covid-19 recovery plan that prioritises the climate crisis, reiterating its call for a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill by 2025.
The Local Authority Recycling Authority (LARAC) has cancelled its conference, due to be held in Birmingham in October, in light of Covid-19 safety concerns and will instead explore opportunities to go online.
Powys County Council in Wales has condemned “antisocial acts” and “selfish behaviour” leading to the contamination of tonnes of recyclable material, warning if misuse of community recycling sites continues they risk closure.
Residual and recycling collection services have been experiencing increases in disruption for the past three weeks and commercial collections remain significantly disrupted, according to the latest Covid-19 local authority (LA) impacts survey.
Social distancing is now the greatest cause of collection and disposal waste disruptions, according to the latest ADEPT Covid-19 local authority (LA) impacts survey as most authorities continue to report greater than usual levels of waste collected.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced yesterday (8 June) that any methodology for calculating the 2020 waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) compliance fee will take the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic into account.
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) are working with packaging compliance company Valpak to update the PackFlow material reports in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Collection figures for household waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) released today (1 June) by the Environment Agency (EA) for the first quarter of 2020 are slightly ahead of 2020 targets.
The government has told local authorities that there will be no flexibility in the recyclable materials that they will be required to collect from households under collections consistency plans, but there may be room for manoeuvre on how those materials are collected.
Local governments and waste management companies have a wealth of digital technologies at their fingertips. Mark Abbas, Director of Business Development at cloud technology company AMCS, explains how smart approaches can be employed to improve waste collections efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.
Over half of Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) have now reopened, though with significant disruption, according to the latest Covid-19 local authority impacts survey, as the number of councils providing normal food waste and garden waste collection services increases.