Plastic packaging recycling estimations amended

Packaging compliance scheme, Plastic packaging recycling, Packaging recycling targets, WRAP, DEFRA, producer compliance scheme the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairsDefra amend Plastic packaging recycling estimations after study reveals ‘better than expected’ results.

A study commissioned by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to reassess the amount of Plastic Packaging placed on the market in 2013 has proven that the UK remains consistent in working towards EU plastic packaging recycling targets. Continue reading

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Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme penalties

ESOS, Energy Savings Opportunity SchemeThe Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) will carry with its reporting mandate some hefty penalties for non-compliance.

General media reports have so far provided a wide spectrum of information ESOS but after surveying a number of incumbent organisations it has become apparent to Comply Direct that few are aware of the penalties involved in the new Mandatory Energy Audit scheme.

Comply Direct’s carbon and energy manager, Baishakhi Sengupta explores… Continue reading

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Split PRN target proposed by BPF

Packaging compliance scheme, split PRN targets, PRNs, PRN targets, packaging regulations, Packaging Recover Note, BPF, British Plastics FederationThe British Plastics Federation (BPF) last week (19 August) released an outline in their 2014 manifesto for a split PRN target which could radicalise the PRN system in the UK.

The Recycling Group of the BPF suggested a proposal for the reform of the PRN system where different PRN targets would be established for plastic packaging recycled in the UK and that exported overseas. Continue reading

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Sustainable hotels software on the horizon

Sustainable Hotels, Hotel software, carbon emissions, reduce carbon emissions, sustainability, carbon emissions reportingAs Comply Direct prepare for the launch of our Carbon and Energy Management application for sustainable hotels, Sales Manager Sarah Foster travels to Finland to meet the developers.

The sustainable hotels tool is an application bespoke for the hotels industry and new to the UK market which guarantees accurate measurement, tracking and reporting of carbon emissions and energy use and allows hotels to engage staff and guests. Continue reading

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WEEE compliance fee proposal update

WEEE Regulations, WEEE Recast, WEEE, WEEE complianceThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have released a reminder to WEEE compliance schemes regarding WEEE compliance fee proposals.

Compliance schemes have until 30 September to submit any proposals outlining how the WEEE compliance fee should be calculated and administered to BIS. Continue reading

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ESOS: 7 things you need to know

Is your company ready for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)?

Comply Direct’s energy expert and the communications team take up the challenge to outline the most important ‘need-to-know’ facts and key points about the scheme which is due to obligate over 9000 UK ‘large undertakings’ from December 2014: Continue reading

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Recycling rate increases in England

CanitbeRecycleData published by DEFRA (7 August) indicates an increase in the total amount of waste collected and recycled by local authorities in 2013.

The data provides statistics for the third quarter of 2012/13 and indicates that 42.7% of waste was recycled or composted by local authorities, a figure slightly higher than the recycling rate from the same quarter in the previous year (41.5%). Continue reading

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Batteries regulations face BIS consultation

Cordless power tools, Batteries regulations, Comply Direct, producer compliance schemeThe BIS have launched a consultation seeking views on the implementation of the amended batteries Directive 2013/56/EU, the results of which could impact cordless power tool (CPT) producers.

EU Directive (2006/66/EC) was introduced to improve the environmental performance of batteries and accumulators and to minimise the impact that waste batteries and accumulators have on the environment.

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ESOS: Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

ESOS, Energy Savings Opportunity SchemeESOS, the energy saving scheme for business is due to be launched in the UK.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme aims to ensure that large UK businesses are more energy efficient and is predicted to save businesses a minimum of £250million in energy costs by 2016, and as much as £1.6billion by 2030. Continue reading

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Plastic recycling tonnages revised

Packaging Recycling Data, Envrionment Agency, PRNs, Glass recycling, plastic recycling, Comply DirectPlastic packaging recycling tonnages for Q1 and Q2 of 2014 have been revised in the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD).

Data released on 22 July implied strong performances in the first two quarters of 2014 for Plastic packaging recycling and suggested that its success would soon be reflected in decreasing prices of the Plastic PRN. However, tonnages have since been revised by the government to meet national recycling trends with a reduction of 9k for Q1 and 27k for Q2. Continue reading

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