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  • Scheme to halve plastics going to landfill launched

    This follows a survey that found only half of councillors were confident councils could meet the Government’s waste strategy. Unveiled in of front MPs and council leaders at Westminster, the Plastics 2020 Challenge focuses on reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering plastic. Calum Forsyth from the Plastics 2020 Challenge said: “There are plastics ...

  • Harmless bacteria engineered to turn landfill waste into a biodegradable plastic

    A team of students from Imperial College London have been recognised for their project, which uses harmless engineered bacteria to turn landfill waste into a biodegradable plastic or bio-plastic. Harmless bacteria have been engineered to turn landfill waste into a biodegradable plastic by a team of students from Imperial College London. According to the team the bio-plastic uses include ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Vikoz Plastic Recyclers Now Offering Better Alternative To Landfill Fees

    Vikoz, the number one plastic recycler in the United States and Canada, is now offering a wide range of plastic scrap recycling services at lower costs, and sometimes a profit, to customers all across North America. The company has been thriving as a top choice for plastic scrap removal since opening in 1996. They also now offer toll grinding, the process of refining plastic ...


    By Vikoz Enterprises Inc.

  • The importance of landfill bans

    Green Alliance, an influential environmental think tank working to ensure UK politicians deliver solutions to global environmental issues have recently published a document on why we need landfill bans. Whilst they are not a formal alliance they work closely with partners in the third sector, business and other spaces, therefore their ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Argos tackles landfill waste

    High street retailer Argos is trialling a new process for the waste arriving at its distribution centres from stores, with the aim of diverting its waste from landfill. Distribution project manager Mark Jones told MRW: “The trial, focusing on Magna Park (Lutterworth, Leicestershire) distribution centre and around 170 selected Argos stores, involves minimising landfill waste by increasing ...

  • Shipping plastic bottles to China produces less CO2 than sending them to UK landfill - WRAP

    A new WRAP study released on the 19th August 2008 has found that selling the UK’s used plastic bottles and paper for recycling in China actually saves carbon emissions. Shipping these materials more than 10,000 miles produces less CO2 than sending them to landfill at home and using brand new materials. The transport issue is just one factor in assessing the environmental impact of exporting ...

  • Top seal Landfill Vlagheide The Netherlands

    Commissioned by contractor F.P.H. Ploegmakers (NL) the capping of landfill Vlagheide in Schijndel will be sealed by Genap with geomembrane constructions. Genap has a long history with the landfill because in the nineties we have already layed the under seal. The contract for Genap includes delivering and installing of approximately 235.000m² HDPE 2,00mm 2-sided structured plastic foil. In ...


    By Genap B.V.

  • EPA warn over reliance on landfill

    Ireland has been warned that urgent action is required if Ireland is to meet tough targets to cut down on rubbish being sent to landfill. This warning is met with the Environmental Protection Agency calling for increased levies and a ban on dumping untreated waste in tips. The EPA’s annual review found that there was an 8% rise in the amount of waste being disposed of in landfill. There are ...


    By Macfab Systems

  • Home composting of biodegradable plastics

    ASTM International Committee D20 on Plastics is currently developing a new standard, WK35342, Specification for Home Composting of Biodegradable Plastics. The proposed standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D20.96 on Environmentally Degradable Plastics and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Plastics Composting at Home

    As landfills continue to expand, many consumers continue to look for ways to recycle. A proposed new ASTM International standard, WK35342, Specification for Home Composting of Biodegradable Plastics, will educate consumers on the process of home composting these materials. The proposed standard will illustrate great potential ...


    By ASTM International

  • Uk meets 2010 landfill directive target and responds to landfill consultations

    160/10 The Government announced today that they will meet the 2010 Landfill Directive target and also published responses to two separate consultations on meeting EU Landfill Diversion Targets and on restrictions on the landfilling of certain wastes. The latest data for England from the Environment Agency shows that combined with similar data from the devolved administrations, the UK will meet ...

  • Landfill bans consultation launched by Defra

    The Government has launched a consultation on the prospect of introducing landfill restrictions or bans on nine waste streams including paper and card, textiles, metals, wood, food, glass and plastics. Waste electrical and electronic equipment and garden waste are also included in the options. The consultation was published jointly by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the ...

  • Turning the Tide on Plastic Waste

    A new report is calling on Ontario to act to stop the proliferation of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. The report released today, Turning the Plastic Tide: How to Protect the Great Lakes and Fight Plastic Pollution,recommends that the province introduce a deposit return on plastic bottles to dramatically increase recycling rates. “Plastic pollution is a serious and growing problem in ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Plants: a source of `green` plastics?

    Most plastics are derived from fossil fuels, but new research suggests that soon it may be possible to 'grow' plastics. With around 100 million tonnes of plastics used each year worldwide, finding a renewable and biodegradable source of plastics could help reduce both carbon emissions and landfill waste. Plants have been used to produce plastics for some time, with plastics made from plant ...

  • Gadgets dumped in landfills unleash toxins

    Old computers, cell phones and TVs shoved aside by more glamorous gadgets that are incessantly updated -- iPhones, game systems and flat-screens -- have unleashed a growing tide of unwanted electronics. But these e-waste castoffs contain toxins, among them lead, mercury and arsenic. They can poison groundwater or pollute the air when products are ...


  • JN Phillips Diverts more than one million pounds of glass and plastic from landfills with GreenShield(SM) Windshield recycling program

    JN Phillips Auto Glass announced today that, as a result of its "GreenShield" program, more than one million pounds of glass and plastic have been successfully recycled and kept from ending up in landfills. Launched in November 2010, GreenShield is JN Phillips' commitment to responsibly recycle 100 percent of the windshields the company replaces. ...

  • End of waste regulations – the plastics perspective

    Plastic is not currently covered by the end of waste regulations, which sets out when certain waste stops being classified as waste, and gains the status of a product or secondary raw material. However, technical documents have been submitted to the European Union*, and it is one of the sectors currently under consideration.  On End of Waste criteria, there are two main issues currently ...


    By Environment Media Group

  • How good an alternative are biodegradable plastics?

    A recent study discusses biodegradable plastics (BDPs) as an alternative to conventional plastic packaging. It investigates their advantages and the possibilities for waste management. Over 67 million tonnes of packaging waste is generated annually in the EU. The EU directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste1 requires Member States to reduce waste and develop recycling systems. Although the ...

  • Landfill waste found in containers returned from Brazil

    Unsuitable waste mixed with plastic has been found in some of the waste containers that were recently repatriated from Brazil. After forensic examination, environmental crime investigators from the Environment Agency have so far found nappies, wellington boots, torn and dirty textiles, cat food pouches and rotting cardboard in the containers. This has all been collected as evidence in the case. ...

  • Special measures lobby to avoid landfilling recyclables

    As part of urgent efforts to prevent the landfilling of recyclable plastics, Recoup is lobbying the Environment Agency to agree special measures on storage exemptions. Temporary measures are needed because material flow in the plastic recycling market has been disrupted by a “unique” decrease in values and demand. This has left some companies with excess material they cannot store or sell. ...

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