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  • Eco Expo Asia 2016 closed with record-breaking exhibitor and visitor numbers

    Eco Expo Asia 2016 closed amid great acclaim with record-breaking exhibitor and visitor numbers. Held from 26 – 29 October, the Expo was jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The ...


    By Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd

  • Alumna Receives Global Award for Contribution to Field of Legal English

    Middlebury Institute alumna Patricia Sours MATESOL ’94 recently received the Global Legal Skills Award in Verona, Italy in recognition of her contributions to the field of Legal English. Sours and fellow professor Alison Riley were honored at the 2016 Global Legal Skills Conference for their years of dedicated teaching and the publication of two co-authored books, Legal English and the ...

  • A Chance for Great Conversations With Institute Faculty

    The Middlebury Institute will kick off the 2016-2017 academic year with the popular Great Conversations event on September 8. The event brings members of the local community together with Institute faculty members who lead conversations around topics ranging from positives of a water shortage to Vladimir Putin, over a gourmet dinner with an unparalleled view of the Monterey Bay. A ...

  • 5% increase for plastic recycling Packaging Regulations target

    Despite its unquestionable contribution to society, plastics packaging still gets a bad press and is under significant pressure for the environmental impact it causes as waste. The Packaging Regulations target for plastic recycling has been increased by 5% per year until 2017, requiring a near doubling of current recycling levels and an annual increase of 100,000 tonnes but there are concerns ...

  • DS Smith disappointed by Judicial review outcome

    The challenge into the legality of the government’s interpretation of ‘separate collection’ of recyclables appears to be over following the judge’s verdict in the Judicial Review. Mr Justice Hickinbottom delivered his findings following a 2 day court hearing in Cardiff in which the claimants – UK Recyclate, Smurfit Kappa, Palm Recycling, DS Smith Paper, Novelis, ...

  • DS Smith Recycling disappointed with outcome of Judicial Review

    Press statement: DS Smith has re-affirmed its commitment to drive up recycling standards after the latest Judicial Review for segregating waste ruled in favour of the Welsh Government and Defra’s approach. Both wanted to see segregation take place when technically, environmentally and economically practically (TEEP) appropriate. The Campaign for Real Recycling, of which DS Smith is a ...

  • CIWM Cymru/Wales Toward Zero Waste Conference – today!

    We are delighted to be partnered with the second CIWM conference for the Welsh waste and resources sector will take place in Cardiff on the 6 March 2013. Our National Sales Executive Tom Campbell-White will be contributing as a speaker at the event on themes such quality of secondary materials, the MRF Code of Practice and end of waste criteria. The event will build on the success of the ...

  • Labour consider ban on food waste to landfill

    At a recent conference on food packaging, the Shadow Environment Minister stated that Labour was ‘looking seriously’ at a potential ban on food waste to landfill. The statement came in response to a new report published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers that claims 30-50% of the food produced in the world in wasted. This report has received wide media coverage and highlights ...


    By DS Smith Recycling

  • Update on glass Packaging waste targets

    The new targets for the Packaging Waste Regulations were approved by Parliament before Christmas and have therefore taken effect for this year. For glass, the overall target stays the same at 81%, but the Regulations now require 63% of this to be met with PRNs from melt applications - bottle manufacture, insulation etc. The expectation was this this would be 63% of the 81%. However, the ...

  • ‘Separate collection’ judicial review update

    Clarification on the definition of ‘separately collected’ in relation to the collection of mixed recyclables looks set to drag on. The original concern by a number of large reprocessors was that the UK interpretation of the European Waste Framework Directive requirements would lead to quality issues that would affect the recyclability of materials collected ‘comingled’. ...

  • Double Award Success for DS Smith Recycling

    DS Smith Recycling was delighted to win the award for Beyond Zero Waste Achievement at the Resource Revolution Awards earlier this month. The company was praised for its holistic thinking and approach to the whole lifecycle of waste and minimising its environmental impact, from start-of-life to end-of-life. The judging panel said: “This entry put the waste hierarchy at the heart of its ...

  • Severnside supports waste watch

    As a new trustee of environmental charity Waste Watch, Mathew Prosser, Commercial Director at Severnside Recycling, has a busy year ahead. Apart from celebrating Recycle the rapping robot’s 15th birthday later this year, with fellow trustees, he will be helping to solve important environment dilemmas, such as how to help local authorities cut carbon emissions. The environmental landscape has ...

  • Interserve appoints Severnside to Defra Waste Management

    Severnside Recycling has been appointed by Interserve Plc to handle the waste from 157 Defra sites nationwide in the UK. Defra operates a diverse portfolio of facilities from general offices through to specialist laboratories and large estates and Severnside will be developing bespoke solutions to handle the different waste streams generated in the most sustainable way. This will involve ...

  • New angle tips the balance

    When a company is harvesting around 1.8 tonnes of paper and packaging each year it has to rely heavily on the efficiency of the specialist vehicles charged with collecting and discharging the waste. Severnside Recycling is the largest fibre recycler in Europe and needs to keep its 17 Recycling Facilities around the country running smoothly. So when the company started to experience problems ...

  • Saving money and resources for landlords

    Belts are being tightened across the housing sector. This does not have to come at the cost of service and sustainability. In fact, improving service and creating efficiencies can save social andlords time, money and resources.   ...


    By Sustainable Homes

  • Mettler Toledo Gains repeat wins as best Weighing Company, lab balance

    METTLER TOLEDO has again been named "Best Weighing Company" and "Best Laboratory Scale/Balance" as part of the Weighing Review portal's 2016 online Reader's Choice Awards. Nominated by users, METTLER TOLEDO is proud to announce that it has once again been named "Best Weighing Company" and "Best Laboratory Scale/Balance" in the Weighing Review Reader's Choice Awards.  This is the second ...


    By Mettler - Toledo Int. Inc

  • Report: Sustainability Worth $20-25 Billion to Utility Investors

    Target Rock Advisors recently released the results of an analysis suggesting that the value of good sustainability policies and practices could be worth between $20-25 billion to utility investors. This estimate was based on a comparative analysis of the total returns over ten years for the 49 U.S.-domiciled utilities included in Target Rock's 2012 sustainability rankings and indexes, previously ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Online Conference To Examine Communication and Network Management Advances for the Smart Grid

    To realize the smart grid vision, a utility's communications reach will need to be as ubiquitous and pervasive as its electric grid. Yet the wide variety of available communications technologies, combined with the shortage of wireless spectrum, create a complex picture for the utility communications engineer. Choosing the right option and then effectively managing the end-to-end integrated ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Marked by Volatility, Concentrated Solar Power Market To More Than Double by 2020

    At the moment, the market for concentrated solar power (CSP) systems is paused -- not stopped, according to a recent report from Pike Research. The sector has been marked by volatility since the technology began to experience a revival in 2004, and that up-and-down movement is likely to persist through the remainder of the decade as the price of rival photovoltaic modules continues its dramatic ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Why Should You Pair Your Paint Company With SpillFix?

    If you paint homes for a living, you know spilled paint causes a lot of problems. Because of paint’s slick nature, spilled paint creates a dangerous work environment for employees. Also, spilling buckets of paint in a client’s home could lead to stains on their floors. To ensure the productivity of your paint company, workers and owners should properly prepare themselves for the job ...


    By SpillFix Ltd

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