Biffa sues Scottish Government for £55m over DRS


Waste management company Biffa has confirmed it is taking legal action against the Scottish Government for losses incurred after the scrapping of the deposit return scheme (DRS).

Simpler Recycling: Recyclables to be collected in one bin


Councils in England will be able to collect recyclables, such as plastic, metal, glass, paper, and card, in one container as part of the Simpler Recycling reforms, recycling minister Robbie Moore has confirmed.

North Devon takes delivery of 16 kerbside recycling vehicles


A convoy of 16 brand new kerbside recycling vehicles has arrived in North Devon ready to carry out weekly collections across the district.

Crawley welcomes 15 new trucks


Fifteen new refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) are all set to take on the waste and recycling rounds in Crawley, the borough council has announced.

Coffee pod recycling scheme hits million milestone


An initiative run by Cherwell District Council has seen more than a million coffee pods – weighing 16.4 tonnes – recycled in eight months.

Birmingham CC renews Veolia contract


Birmingham City Council has appointed Veolia UK to treat the city's waste and recycling and operate the recycling centres.

Biffa launches takeaway cups recycling scheme


A nationwide recycling service for takeaway drinks cups has been launched by waste management firm Biffa.

Veolia awarded Haringey contract for ‘ecological transformation’


Veolia has been awarded a two-year contract extension to continue its waste management work in the London Borough of Haringey.

MPs at odds with public on packaging measures


Appetite for government intervention to reduce the use of packaging, either through taxes or bans, is lower among MPs than with the public, new research has found.

NTM-GB – A Market Leader for Refuse Collection Vehicles


NTM-GB is an engineering company that develops, manufactures, sells, and maintains refuse and recycling material collection vehicles.

Simpler Recycling: The implications for local authorities


Lee Marshall, policy and external affairs director, CIWM looks at the Government’s recycling reforms and what they mean for local authorities.

Wales passes workplace recycling law


New Workplace Recycling Regulations have been passed in Wales, which will require all businesses to separate recyclable materials.

Keeping waste glass local


Dave Dalton, CEO of British Glass, the UK’s trade body for glass manufacturers, explains why councils should consider the destination of their waste glass.

Oxfordshire councils install vape recycling bins


Three local authorities in Oxfordshire have joined forces to install 60 new recycling collection points for vapes across the county.

'Lack of clarity' puts recycling reforms at risk


A ‘lack of clarity’ around the Government’s recycling reforms is preventing councils from preparing for the upcoming changes, according to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Taunton Recycling Site to reopen after fire


Taunton Recycling Site is set to reopen after a month-long closure caused by a major fire.

‘Little meaningful change’ to recycling rates


The proportion of waste that is recycled has remained almost unchanged, meaning the Government has still not met its target to recycle 50% of household waste, a report has found.

First electric trucks for Peterborough City Council


Peterborough City Council has taken delivery of its first electric refuse collection vehicles (RCVs).

The second coming


A huge swathe of batteries from older electric cars and vans are about to become redundant. Can we give them a second life before they are recycled – or worse still, go to landfill? LAPV reports.

Recycling truck fire prompts battery warning


Stroud residents are being warned not to discard batteries at home after a fire was started in a recycling truck.

Councils call for urgent clarity after further EPR delay


Local authority leaders have called for ‘clear, realistic timelines’ on waste policy after the Government announced a further delay to extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging.

Milton Keynes orders 65 Dennis Eagle RCVs


A full fleet of Dennis Eagle refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) has been ordered by Milton Keynes City Council as part of its roll-out of a new waste and recycling contract.

Retailers criticise ‘extended producer responsibility’ scheme


A plan to make food manufacturers pay councils for the collection and recycling of packaging waste is facing opposition from retailers and manufacturers.

FPF FlexCollect: first learnings from the pilots


Technical development manager at SUEZ, Thomas Merry, provides an update on FPF FlexCollect; the most extensive household collection and recycling project of its kind ever undertaken in the UK.

Veolia launches nationwide vape collection scheme


Veolia has launched a national vape collection service to help provide safe disposal and recycling routes for the 143 million vapes thrown away each year.

Tower Hamlets welcomes first electric RCV


Tower Hamlets Council has taken delivery of its first electric bin lorry as part of the local authority’s effort to replace its existing fleet of diesel and petrol cars, vans and scooters.

Gloucester City recycling fleet transformed with vinyl wrapping


Gloucester City Council, the latest shareholder in environmental services company Ubico, has given its kerbside recycling fleet a vinyl wrapping makeover.

Three-weekly waste collections boosts Mid Devon’s recycling rates


The recycling rates in Mid Devon have increased in the first three months since new three-weekly waste collections were introduced, the district council has reported.

Councils pay £150,000 each towards new recycling fleet


Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells councils are set to contribute towards their recycling and waste contractor’s new vehicle fleet in an effort to make collections ‘more reliable and more efficient.’

Havering Council awards new waste and recycling contract to Urbaser Ltd


Havering Council has announced that its new waste and recycling collection contract has been awarded to Urbaser Ltd.

A mountain of rubber


Peter Taylor, the secretary general of the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA), looks at the problem of end-of-life tyres.

Driver COVID cases causing collection delays


Powys County Council has warned residents that difficulties in recruiting HGV drivers and a rise in COVID cases are causing ‘significant disruptions’ to waste and recycling collections.

The benefits of a council-owned fleet


The environmental services contractor, Ubico, is owned entirely by local authorities and is going from strength to strength. LAPV reports.

Mercedes-Benz Econic plays a key role in Greener Ealing’s success


Waste collection and recycling specialists nationwide are enjoying the benefits of Mercedes-Benz Econic operation – and none more so than Greener Ealing. LAPV reports.

Wales’ first electric recycling wagon hits the road


Conwy County Borough Council is the first Welsh local authority to have taken delivery of a 100% electric-powered recycling truck. LAPV finds out more.

Renault Trucks supplies UK’s first electric skip transporter trucks


Waste recycling specialist Recycling Lives has begun zero tailpipe emissions skips services with the UK’s first 100% electric skip transporter trucks.

Keenan Recycling to unveil first-of-its-kind hybrid vehicle


National food waste recycling business, Keenan Recycling, will be unveiling a first-of-its-kind hybrid vehicle at RWM & Letsrecycle Live this September in Birmingham.

Greenwich council reduces waste collections in move to net zero


The Royal Borough of Greenwich is reducing the number of general waste collections it offers as part of the effort to cut carbon emissions and increase the rate of recycling.

Portsmouth council set to bring waste services in house


Portsmouth City Council’s domestic household waste and recycling collection service is set to be delivered in house following a cabinet decision yesterday.

Conwy gets Wales' first electric recycling truck


Wales’ first electric powered recycling truck has joined Conwy County Borough Council’s fleet of vehicles.

Council saves £27,000 with milk float-to-street cleaner conversion


An old milk float in poor condition and destined for scrappage has been given a new lease of life as part of ODS’ growing electric vehicle fleet.

Biffa named waste management provider for Commonwealth Games


Biffa has been appointed as the Official Waste Management and Recycling Provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Council to save £180,000 with climate-friendly depot upgrade


Cherwell District Council’s waste and recycling depot in Banbury has been refitted with air source heat pumps and innovative batteries as part of a project to slash the local authority’s carbon emissions.

UK’s biggest flexible plastic collection and recycling pilot launched


The industry-led consortium Flexible Plastic Fund today launched the biggest ever flexible plastic collection and recycling pilot seen in the UK.

Council smashes glass recycling target


Mansfield District Council has smashed targets it set for glass recycling three years ahead of schedule and within a year of starting free kerbside collections.

Government misses 50% recycling target


More than 100,000 extra tonnes of rubbish was sent to landfill during lockdown, the latest figures reveal as Government misses 50% recycling target.

Anglesey trials new electric vehicles for recycling collections


Anglesey Council is supporting the future development of electric recycling collection vehicles across the UK as it steps up its own efforts to become net zero by 2030.

Lichfield and Tamworth councils take delivery of Twin Pack refuse vehicles


Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough councils have brought in a new fleet of refuse vehicles to collect paper and card separately from other dry mixed recyclables such as glass, tins, and plastic.

Doncaster couple plead guilty to ‘shocking assault’ on collection crew


A Doncaster woman and her partner pleaded guilty yesterday to a shocking and violent assault on a SUEZ recycling and recovery collection crew.

Rugby workers will be latest to strike


Refuse, recycling and street cleansing workers at Rugby BC are among the council employees who will walk out on strike this week.

Elite+: the 21st century workstation


Dennis Eagle’s new Elite+ cab promises to be the 21st century workstation for drivers and crews. LAPV reports.

Interim fleet delivers new ‘in house’ services in Wellingborough


North Northamptonshire Council has taken delivery of an interim fleet of 30 vehicles to carry out the local authority’s new 'in-house' waste, recycling, street cleansing and grounds maintenance service.

St Albans City and District Council bags recycling trophy


St Albans City and District Council in Hertfordshire has been presented with the Letsrecycle Trophy for being the highest performing council in England for recycling in 2020/21.

Council announces ‘major expansion’ of plastics recycling


East Dunbartonshire Council has announced a major expansion of the types of plastics that can be accepted for recycling.

Sussex councils agree pay rise for refuse, recycling and cleansing staff


Adur & Worthing Councils have agreed to a wage increase for refuse, recycling and cleansing staff following a review of pay and conditions.

Portsmouth gives green light to citywide food waste recycling


Portsmouth is set to see citywide food waste recycling as well as new mixed plastic recycling banks after funding was approved in the city's budget.

Glencore and Britishvolt to build battery recycling plant


Mining company Glencore and its strategic partner, battery cell specialist Britishvolt, have agreed a joint venture to build a battery recycling plant in the UK.

Keenan Recycling announces key acquisition


Scottish food waste collection firm Keenan Recycling has announced an acquisition aimed at strengthening its presence in England.

Councils welcome coffee pod recycling collections


People in Exeter and Ipswich can take advantage of a new kerbside recycling service for plastic and aluminium coffee pods.

Veolia announces its first electric vehicle battery recycling plant in UK


Resource management company Veolia has announced its first electric vehicle battery recycling facility in the UK, which will have the capacity to process 20% of the UK’s end of life electric vehicle batteries by 2024.

Council wraps new RCVs with beach scenes


North East Lincolnshire Council has wrapped its new fleet of recycling vehicles with epic scenes that celebrate the borough’s beaches, parks, and green spaces.

Scottish councils awarded £13m to boost recycling


The Scottish government today announced a multi-million-pound investment into local authorities to help boost the quantity and quality of recycling.

Council sets up ‘arms-length’ business to deliver key services


East Suffolk Council is to create a Local Authority Trading Company (LATCo) to help it deliver key council services.

Sherbourne Recycling takes delivery of five new electric forklifts


Council-owned Sherbourne Recycling has taken delivery of five new X20-X35 electric forklifts.

Protecting against battery fires


Lithium-ion batteries are thought to be responsible for a third of all fires occurring in recycling facilities. Jacob Hayler, Executive Director of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), looks at what the ESA is doing to raise awareness of this issue.

Veolia takes over waste contract in south Buckinghamshire


Veolia has taken on the waste contract for the south Buckinghamshire area from former provider Biffa.

England's first retrofittable AI waste-picking robot


The country’s first retrofittable AI-powered robotic waste picking system has been installed in a Material Recycling Facility in Reading, Berkshire.

Keenan Recycling celebrates reaching full national coverage


Keenan Recycling has managed to achieve full UK coverage after investing over £4m in new trucks and adding six new depots in the last 12 months.

East Lothian Council set to roll out new fleet of Kerb-Sort vehicles


East Lothian Council is getting ready to roll out their new fleet of Romaquip’s Kerb-Sort vehicles on 20th September.

Urbaser continues growth with J&B Recycling acquisition


Cheltenham based environmental services company, Urbaser Ltd, has confirmed the acquisition of J&B Recycling, a waste management company operating in the North East of England.

#NotinNewarkandSherwood campaign steps up a gear


Newark and Sherwood District Council has stepped up the fight against fly tipping and is using one of its new refuse vehicles to spread the message that littering will not be tolerated.

Consistency in recycling: are supply chains ready?


Responding to Defra’s publication of its second consultation on consistent collections, vice chair of the National Association of Waste Disposal Officers (NAWDO) Sam Horne asks if supply chains are ready.

Urbaser uses latest software to deliver paperless commercial collection service


Urbaser Commercial Services Ltd (ULCS) is using the latest software and technology to deliver efficient, paperless commercial collection service. LAPV finds out more.

LIVE camera systems in Cumbria reduce third party insurance claims


Cumbria Waste Recycling has equipped its entire Skip and Hook loader fleet with LIVE camera systems to monitor collections in real-time and mitigate third party insurance claims.

Council invests over £1m in Mobile Household Recycling Centres


Birmingham City Council has invested £1.4m in a pilot project that will see a fleet of Mobile Household Recycling Centres (MHRCs) rolled out across the city.

Visitor registration now open for Letsrecycle Live 2021


Visitors can now register for their free tickets to attend Letsrecycle Live and co-located Demolition Expo.

New measures to boost recycling rates


New proposals to increase the amount of household waste being recycled have been unveiled by the Government today.

South Ayrshire Council switches to live camera systems


South Ayrshire Council has switched to live camera systems that are remotely monitored and health-checked after a spate of faulty vehicle cameras and unrecorded footage on waste and recycling vehicles.

Metal and waste recycling specialist invests £2m in new vehicles


Derbyshire-based metal and waste recycling specialist, Ward, has invested over £2m in upgrading its materials handling vehicles to improve energy efficiency and safety across its 120 strong fleet.

Two councils to offer kerbside recycling for coffee pods


Households across the UK can now recycle their coffee pods thanks to a new recycling programme, which includes kerbside collections from two local authorities.

Lewisham Council introduces new fleet of low pollution recycling trucks


Lewisham Council have introduced a new fleet of recycling trucks which have a 50% reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOX) pollution.

FCC Environment launches 2021/2023 graduate programme


FCC Environment, one of the UK’s leading recycling and waste management companies, has launched a new UK-wide graduate programme as it looks to attract and retain the managers of the future.

Torbay Council enhances waste and recycling fleet with live camera systems


Torbay Council is equipping its waste and recycling collection vehicles with the latest live camera recording systems to enhance the safety of residents and crews.

Poll reveals public support for re-use shops at household waste recycling centres


A poll has revealed that the public are keen to buy a wide variety of quality, second-hand items from their local household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).

Council adds ‘eye-catching’ whale to RCVs to encourage recycling


Copeland Borough Council has put an eye-catching image of a whale on the side of three of the council’s refuse vehicles as part of a campaign to encourage recycling.

Councils opt for bespoke Volvo L110H for waste recycling centre


A Bespoke Volvo L110H loading shovel takes charge at Nuffield Road Household Waste Recycling Centre.

New scheme to recycle rechargeable lithium-ion batteries launched


The recycling and sustainability company, First Mile, has introduced a new scheme to recycle rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LIB), commonly found in electric scooters, bikes, cars and vans.

Most councils still providing normal waste collections, survey reveals


The majority of councils have been able to provide a normal waste and recycling collection service, a new survey has revealed.

England’s top recycler praises 100% Dennis Eagle & Terberg fleet


England’s official number one local authority for recycling has been named as East Riding of Yorkshire for the third year running. And the council has praised the role Dennis Eagle & Terberg Matec play in its outstanding operations.

Peterborough recycling centre cuts fly-tipping by 25%


Peterborough’s new recycling centre is celebrating a successful first year which has seen fly-tipping decrease by a quarter.

Borough sees household waste recycling exceed 50% for ‘first time’ in its history


The amount of household waste being recycled by residents of Tonbridge and Malling has exceeded 50% for the first time in the borough’s history thanks to Urbaser’s new recycling service.

Grist Environmental turns to JCB for new wheeled excavator


The waste recycling business has taken delivery of a JCB JS200W wheeled excavator to work on its waste transfer site in Devizes, Wiltshire.

Skip hire specialist adds a JCB Loadall to its fleet


Northern Ireland-based skip hire specialist CM Skips has added a JCB 550-80 Wastemaster Loadall to the fleet of materials handling machinery operating at its site in Randalstown, near Ballymena.

Hambledon DC introduces electric vans


Hambleton District Council in Yorkshire is introducing two new electric vehicles to replace its existing van fleet, to move to a 100% electric fleet in the future.

Lifting the lid on the new Kerbloader


In a world where waste streams and recycling targets change constantly, the new Terberg Kerbloader recycling truck has been designed to provide the flexibility operators need, reports LAPV.

Waltham Forest outsources refuse and recycling collections


Environmental services provider, Urbaser has taken on the contract for Waltham Forest’s refuse and recycling collections on 30 September 2019. The service commenced following the award of a new eight-year contract earlier this year for the provision of neighbourhood services by Waltham Forest Council.


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