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Fost Plus recovered 586,000t

of packaging waste last year

Paper packaging continues to lead the way in terms of recycling (B) - Last year, 82.2 per cent of Belgian packaging waste under licence with the country’s Green Dot organisation Fost Plus was recovered. According to the packaging recovery... more

PET bottle collections

rose 20 per cent last year

(EU) – In the year 2001, 344,000 tonnes of PET were offered by European sorting stations to recyclers. This represented an increase of 20 per cent on the year 2000, according to the association PET Container Recycling Europe (Petcore). Frank... more

France, UK and Germany

are Sita’s largest markets

(F) – The French waste management group Sita has said that it wants “to be more selective with municipal waste collection contracts and develop services to industry,” in 2002. Amongst further action points in line with the strategy of the... more

Automated technology

sorts black plastics

(D) – The first fully automatic solution for the rapid sorting of black plastics has been presented by the German technology provider RTT-Systemtechnik GmbH, based in Zittau. RTT said that the process for black plastics, taken from scrap cars or... more

Indaver reports slight

rise in 2001 results

(B) - The Belgian waste management firm Indaver N.V. has said that it expanded its services considerably in Belgium and at the European level last year. Indaver posted operating profits of €166.4m last year, up two per cent from the €163.1m... more

Norway announces several planned

changes to its waste legislation

Greater competition between public and private sector (NO) – The Norwegian Ministry for the Environment has tabled a legislative proposal to alter its pollution control act. Under the planned changes, industry would be responsible for their own... more

New Irish government

sets out waste priorities

(IE) – Martin Cullen has been named as the new Irish Minister for the Environment. Mr Cullen will replace Noel Dempsey in the post. Following his role in negotiating a coalition government with the Progressive Democrats, Mr Dempsey has been... more

Investigation launched on

French incineration plant

(F) - The public prosecutors office in Albertville has begun investigations against unknown persons for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm resulting from increased dioxin emissions from the waste incineration plant at Gilly-sur-Isère,... more

Glass cullet filter

purifies water

(UK) – The Scottish water treatment services provider Dryden Aqua has developed a process to purify wastewater and drinking water using glass cullet. According to the British Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP), which presented the... more

ESM guidelines

on lead batteries

(WW) - The Technical Working Group of the Basel Convention (TWG) has finalised its technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management (ESM) of lead batteries at its meeting in Geneva at the end of May. The guidelines will be officially... more