Archive for June, 2008

Green Light For New EU Waste Legislation With Binding 2020 Targets

Monday, June 23rd, 2008


The EU will have new waste legislation which includes targets for re-use and recycling of waste to be attained by 2020 after MEPs adopted amendments. The directive sets out rules on recycling and requires Member States to draw up binding national programmes for waste prevention. Waste prevention targets will be considered by the Commission in the future. Incineration of waste will be categorised as a recovery operation rather than disposal, provided it meets a certain energy efficiency standard. For press release:

WRA publish wood waste statistics for 2007

Monday, June 16th, 2008

The vast majority of waste wood is produced by construction & demolition, commercial & industrial and municipal wood waste from CA Sites, Transfer Stations and Households. Less than 200,000 tonnes of waste wood was recycled in 1996 but the new figures show a dramatic increase to1,986,000 tonnes for 2007.

The data has been compiled by The Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) based on information acquired from 32 of it’s members and the Wood Panel Industries Federation. This latest set of statistics demonstrates an increase in waste wood reaching animal bedding markets and biomass, with the dominant outlet being the panel board industry, taking 60% of the total tonnage for 2007.



What’s in a name?

Monday, June 9th, 2008

The Composting Association announced last week that it is to change its name to the Association for Organics Recycling from 1st August 2008.

Their acting Chief Executive said that the name change reflected their response to the ‘rapid evolution and changing nature’ of the waste management sector. As the UK’s leading organisation in raising awareness of the benefits of recycling biodegradable resources, the Association felt it needed to have a new approach to handling all aspects of the biowaste industry.

50% Recycling target announced for Europe

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Following months of discussions, the new 50% target for household waste recycling looks set to become law  later this month, with significant implications for Great Britain. The accepted amendments to the Waste Framework Directive also include a recycling target of 70% for construction and demolition waste.

With the help of these new policies, the European Parliament is also hoping to encourage waste prevention and separate bio-waste collections which in turn will increase emphasis on food waste treatment and composting.


Wednesday, June 4th, 2008


Countrystyle drivers were out in force this weekend (31st - 1st June) at the South East’s Truckfest show at the Kent Showground. This was the South East round of a collective of countrywide shows in the South East. Truckfest was started 25 years ago with the original and biggest show taking place in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Over the years the show has expanded to include Truckfest South West, Truckfest Scotland, Truckfest North West and Truckfest Yorkshire and in the last two years Truckfest South East.

Truckfest sees the Kent Showground taken over by trucks of all shapes and sizes for the two day event. In addition to custom trucks and show trucks, lorry drivers from a whole host of companies parade their vehicles for the weekend. The drivers congregate en mass with their trucks and park in the showground in groups of fleets and individuals for the weekend and the visiting public are able to walk around and look at them. As well as the trucks on display there are a whole host of stalls and trade stands selling every conceivable item imaginable for the average truck driver and enthusiast. There are also arena displays, static recovery truck displays, live music, bars and food stands and all things truck!

Proud Countrystyle drivers were keen to take part in the event and Paul Creasey, Pluckley Driver Foreman, was able to recommend a list of drivers who wanted to enter. Nine lorries were then entered by Richard Lloyd, Operations Manager, into the best fleet competition. The drivers who attended washed and polished their trucks in the week leading up to Truckfest and proudly took them to the showground early on the Saturday morning. Upon arrival the vehicles were placed together in a line up and looked fantastic. The judges later looked over the vehicles and were particularly impressed with one of the vehicles, C 18 CSG, an eight wheeled tipper driven by Barrie Helstrip. This is a testimony to Barrie’s dedication to his work and his pride in the condition of his lorry. The vehicle is 5 years old and is engaged in arduous tipper operations 6 days a week yet it remains immaculate. The judges were extremely taken by Barrie’s lorry and how well turned out it was and he was awarded ‘highly commended’ for his efforts.

The trucks were all clean and tidy and the judges were impressed by the number that Countrystyle entered and the differing types of lorry represented. We had hook lifts, tractor units, and a skip lorry which the judges felt was an excellent mixture of vehicles. The event was a great success for Countrystyle and the company will be in attendance again for Truckfest South East 2009.

The drivers who attended were:

Barrie Helstrip

Gary Benn

Anthony Benn

Tony Glazier

Graeme Shilling

Paul Holt

Keith Butcher

Rob Henderson

Dave Woodgate

Mark Davis


Government drive forward public recycling

Monday, June 2nd, 2008


The government is hoping that a new scheme aimed at facilitating recycling when out and about will see a dramatic increase in recycling rates across the UK.

‘Recycle on the Go’  is a new push to put accessible recycling bins in public places and wherever possible bins will feature the familiar Recycle Now branding so that people can easily identify where and how to recycle their cans, bottles and paper.

The initiative has been devised to encourage greener waste management and to take recycling beyond the home and offices and into public spaces. Speaking at the launch, Environment Minister Joan Ruddock said:

‘We know that most canned and bottled drinks are consumed outside the home and even the most dedicated recycler is unlikely to take these home with them and add them to their household recycling. Often the only responsible option is to put them in to litter bins and this means that large quantities of aluminium, plastic and glass are slipping through the net and effectively become rubbish, end up in landfill and are lost as a resource.’

Keep an eye out for the new bins in your area and for further information please view the Voluntary Code of Practice or the Good Practice Guide, both available from DEFRA.