Category Archives: Circular Economy

Albion Environmental Ltd host table at Chartered Institute for Waste Management (CIWM) Scottish Resource Conference

Albion to host table at CIWM Scottish Resources Awards dinner on the evening of 4th  October at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in recognition of companies and individuals for their involvement and innovation within the circular economy and resource management sector.

For further information go to Scottish Resource Conference 2018.

 

 

Environmental Audit Committee – Plastic bags – England

A report by the Environmental Audit Committee has stated that England’s proposed bag levy should include biodegradable bags, or risk “damaging the UK plastics recycling industry”

Over 8 billion plastic carrier bags are used each year in England, far more than necessary. According to the report, the Government should follow the approach of the 5p charge for carrier bags in Wales, which has successfully reduced bag use by over 75%. Reducing bag use has significant environmental benefits in terms of lower carbon emissions, resource use and litter.

The charge scheme that the Government is proposing in England, with additional exemptions for small retailers and paper and biodegradable bags, would be too complex, unnecessarily confusing for shoppers, and less effective than the Welsh scheme. The proposed 5p charge should apply to all bag types and all retailers.

There is evidence that charging for carrier bags leads to fewer bags being discarded as litter. The Government should focus on making the scheme simple and coherent with other policies to reinforce other positive environmental behaviours. It should take steps to set a minimum price for ‘bags for life’ at a level which incentivises their reuse.

To find out more, please follow the link: Eleventh Report. Environmental Audit Comitee.

Source: CIWM

Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative Model in Ireland (ELV Producer Responsibility Initiative)

This study demonstrates that enhanced recycling and recovery of ELVs, possibly in combination with incorporation of ASR into products, will allow Ireland to meet the European 85% target for reuse and recycling. Moreover, the 95% reuse and recovery target can be met by applying in addition thermal incineration techniques or emerging technologies such as pyrolysis or gasification. All these treatment methods were found to result in environmental benefits compared to present landfill practice.

Advanced material recovery (by PSTs) followed by energy recovery and feedstock recycling resulted in the highest environmental benefits.

Advanced material recovery (by PSTs) may present risks of cross-contamination, but there are limited because of the phasing out of hazardous materials in vehicle manufacturing.

However, the next ELV shredder trial should confirm the levels of PBDEs and other chemicals.

For further information, please follow the link: Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative Model in Ireland.

Source: Rep. Ireland.