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Mayor sets 50% target for London’s LAs

The Mayor’s London Environment Strategy has set a target for 50% of local authority collected waste in London to be recycled by 2030, in order to help reach an overall 65% municipal target. This sets local authorities in London a lower rate than the 60% target for 2030 adopted by the European Council last month, […]

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WRA warns of UK waste wood shortage

The Wood Recyclers’ Association has warned that the UK could be facing a shortage of waste wood next winter. The Association’s chair, Andy Hill, said that last winter (2017 into 2018) had seen the first real scarcity of waste wood in the UK caused by a combination of higher demand and unusually long and cold […]

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RDF exports plateau in 2017

The amount of refuse-derived fuel exported from England appears to have plateaued, according to provisional figures published by the Environment Agency for 2017. According to data released for January to December 2017, around 3,200,788 tonnes of waste-derived fuel was approved for export. This compares to about 3,194,426 the previous year. A graph to show the […]

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Associations call for ‘frictionless’ waste trade post-Brexit

The organisations representing both the British and Dutch waste management industries have called for continued trade in waste for recycling and recovery post-Brexit. In a joint statement, Jacob Hayler, executive director of the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and Dick Hoogendoorn, director of the Dutch Waste Management Association, called on both the UK and EU authorities […]

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Further Chinese import restrictions announced

The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment has announced that China will ban imports of 32 types of solid waste by the end of 2019, including waste plastics from industrial sources. Further specialised material restrictions had been expected. The restrictions will come in two waves. Firstly by 31 December 2018, solid waste from waste hardware, […]

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