Archive for January, 2008

HSE Circulate New Research

Friday, January 25th, 2008

The Health & Safety Executive has published a new research report entitled: Collecting, Transfer, Treatment and Processing household waste recyclables.

Based on the increase of people working within the waste management and recycling industry, it is reasonable to assume that there will be greater exposure to Health & Safety related hazards. The HSE has identified that the provision of appropriate guidance, tools or Personal Protective Equipment could greatly reduce the associated risks and could overall enable local authorities to select the most appropriate systems to ensure environmental targets are met with the least possible threats.

 

Further details are available from the HSE Website.

EU sets targets for carbon cuts at 20%

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

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Following a meeting of the European Commission in Brussels earlier today, the UK has been told it must radically increase the proportion of its energy coming from renewables in order to meet the new targets on carbon emissions.

Only 2% of the UK’s energy is renewable and in order to comply with this latest requirement Britain must get 15% or more of its energy for heat, electricity and transport from sources such as wind, wave, solar and biomass

In addition to this, it is imperative that Great Britain cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 16% and obtains 10% of road transport fuel from biofuels.

Latest Figures provide an insight into the UK paper industry.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

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Despite local and national campaigns aimed at promoting recycling and the reuse of recyclable materials, the CPI has released figures that illustrate a decline in the use of recovered paper across the UK.

The federation reported that last year, the UK only produced just over 5.2 million tonnes of paper and board, a 6.4% reduction on the total recorded for 2006. With regards to raw material input, UK paper and board mills used just under 4.1 million tonnes of recovered paper, a decline of 3.0% against 2006 usage.

They were also keen to point out that the sudden decrease could be due to the closure of two paper mills in 2007, who between them represented around 250,000 tonnes of capacity.

Handle-Free Milk Bottles?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

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WRAP is backing Nampak and Dairy Crest’s new project to develop a handle-free plastic milk bottle in a bid to conform with current UK Packaging Regulations and help reduce packaging waste from the Dairy Industry.

Dairy Crest, the UK’s premier chilled dairy foods company based in Surrey currently processes approximately one billion litres of fresh milk each year.

If the new handle free bottle is successful, 1250 tonnes of HDPE plastic per year will be diverted from the household waste stream, and in turn away from landfill.

Richard Pryor, Innovations controller at Dairy Crest said: ‘The HDPE bottle will be recyclable, retaining one of the key benefits of the existing Best in Class bottle. This feature combined with the lighter weight of the handle-free design means the milk industry will be well  placed to make a significant contribution to the UK’s success in diverting waste from landfill and reducing carbon emissions.’

Farming Crisis Network

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

The Farming Crisis Network yesterday released a paper detailing the impact 2007’s flooding, Foot & Mouth and Bluetongue outbreaks have had on the agricultural industries as well as the local farming communities.

As flooding and disease outbreaks spread around the country, the charity’s helpline was inundated with calls and records show that they were receiving five times more calls than they did for the same period in 2006.

The report draws on the observations of FCN employees who worked closely with the farmers affected to ensure that they were given all the help and support needed.

A copy of the report is available to view on the FCN’s Website.

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HSE aims to reduce farm deaths in 2008.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

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The Health and Safety Executive has today launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of fatal accidents on farms in the UK, especially as recent studies have shown that in 2007 over 40 people were killed on farms, many of which were avoidable and could have been prevented.

In response to these startling figures, the HSE is promoting a number of Safety Health Awareness Days (SHADS), free training for farmers aimed at dramatically reducing the risks and deaths associated with farming.

Further information regarding the training is available on the HSE website. Click here to find out more.

Composting Association

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Following the success of the recent study tours to Germany and Holland the Composting Association announced last week that they are now planning a further visit to Italy in April 2008. The tour will provide delegates with an opportunity to observe a vast range of biowaste treatment technologies and although the tour is still at a planning stage, the Association are confident that this broadcast will generate a huge response from its members.

If you would like more information on the tour please visit www.compost.org.uk or email leah@compost.org.uk

Fleet Purchases

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

FGS Plant are pleased to announce the arrival of 2 brand new Loading Shovels to the fleet.

The JCB 426 HT is equipped with a Cummins BTAA5.9C Engine and produces 152hp. Coupled to the semi-automatic transmission, it generates class leading performance and is highly fuel efficient.

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The JCB 456 Wastemaster is outfitted with a powerful Cummins C8.3 engine for greater efficiency and FGS Plant can also supply an extensive range of buckets with varying capacities upon request.

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Christmas Recycling

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Members of the public are being urged to recycle this years 100million Christmas cards and support a scheme that raises funds for tree planting around the UK, one of the least wooded countries in Europe.

The Woodland Trust and Recycle Now are running a joint campaign aiming to receive enough cards to raise the money needed to plant 24,000 trees in 2008. The funds raised by the scheme derive from recycling credits paid by local authorities to the trust for waste that is diverted away from landfill, as well as donations from groups and retail partners, such as Tesco’s.

Countrystyle Recycling works in close unity with the local councils and CA Sites and we are keen to promote this national scheme. Our spokesperson said ‘ We, as consumers have no idea of the impact our waste has on the environment and it is imperative that we encourage the recycling of waste to reduce the amount being transported to landfill.’

For further information, please visit

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Are tractors on the road an accident waiting to happen?

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

A recent report has claimed that more than 900 tractors, telehandlers and other self-propelled farm machines are likely to be involved in RTA’S (Road Traffic Accidents) during 2008 due to the lack of awareness from other road users. These alarming figures come from a study carried out by the Department for Transport, which also estimates that on average 8 farmers and 11 other road users will die each year as a result.