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Metal recycling firm calls for stronger battery recycling targets

Metal recycling firm calls for stronger battery recycling targets

S. Norton Group is a leading global exporter of responsible recycling. The company is urging the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to set stronger battery recycling targets to ensure the safety of workers and communities in the recycling sector. Defra plans to consult on the waste batteries and accumulators regulations and create...

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Charges for disposing of DIY waste at recycling centres scrapped

Charges for disposing of DIY waste at recycling centres scrapped

Households will no longer have to pay fees for disposing of small-scale DIY waste at council recycling centres. This change will make it easier for people to dispose of their waste responsibly and boost recycling. The Government has abolished the charges previously imposed by one-third of local authorities for disposing of DIY waste at household...

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ESA calls for Plastic Packaging Tax to be raised

ESA calls for Plastic Packaging Tax to be raised

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has criticised the Autumn Statement of the UK Government’s budget and urged for a raise in the Plastic Packaging Tax to £500 per tonne. They also recommended setting a 50% minimum recycled content threshold for packaging. In response, the UK Government has announced that it will increase the Plastic Packaging...

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Public urged to help avoid “zombie battery” fires as incident rate rises

Public urged to help avoid “zombie battery” fires as incident rate rises

CONSUMERS across the UK are today (24th October) being urged to Recycle Batteries Responsibly as part of a national campaign to reduce the growing number of serious fires started by carelessly discarded batteries. When they are thrown away with the general rubbish, or mixed with other recycling, hidden “zombie batteries” can easily become damaged and...

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Resources and waste workers urged to help measure sector’s health and safety culture

Resources and waste workers urged to help measure sector’s health and safety culture

THE Environmental Services Association (ESA) has urged people working across the UK’s recycling and waste management sector to participate in a short online survey to provide a “temperature check” on the health of the sector’s health and safety culture. The H&S Culture Survey is being run independently, on ESA’s behalf, by SNAP surveys and asks...

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Turning up the heat on energy from waste

Turning up the heat on energy from waste

THE Environmental Services Association (ESA) has today (Thursday 10th March) published a new “EfW Heat Network Directory” as part of an ongoing initiative to unlock the potential of energy-from-waste power plants to deliver low carbon heating for UK homes and businesses. The ESA, which represents the majority of the UK’s energy-from waste (EfW) operators, has published...

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ESA welcomes momentum for reducing waste and boosting recycling

THE UK’s waste and recycling sector yesterday responded to the publication of the summary of responses to the Resources and Waste Strategy consultations. The Environmental Services Association (ESA), which represents the resources and waste industry, has welcomed the strong support for measures to reduce waste and boost recycling, and urged the incoming Prime Minister to...

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Waste industry welcomes government boost for recycling

AS THE government launches its new Resources and Waste Strategy – which could unlock a £8 million investment – the Environmental Services Association (ESA) has said it was pleased the new strategy will help householders across England do the right thing and boost UK recycling. The strategy will force retailers and manufacturers to meet the...