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Microcomputer innovators and Comply Direct WEEE compliance scheme member Raspberry Pi have hit a landmark 2.5 million sales as the low-cost Linux microcomputer celebrates its second birthday (1st March).
The Cambridge based Raspberry Pi Foundation developed the ‘credit-card-sized’ single-board computer as a way of teaching computer coding and basic computer sciences to children in schools. Founders Eben Upton, Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft thought the product would attract little attention – they sold 100,000 units on the first day. Continue reading
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Tagged compliance scheme, Comply Direct, EEE, electrical and electronic equipment, Linux, Microcomputer, Quake III, Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi Foundation, WEEE Compliance, weee compliance scheme
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The Scottish Government is considering future options for Scottish packaging producers and packaging producer compliance should Scotland vote to secede from the Union in the referendum on Scottish Independence on 18 September 2014.
At the Scottish PRN Stakeholder Workshop Presentation in Edinburgh (26 February 2014), Zero Waste Scotland laid out proposals for the exploration of alternative systems which would not only meet Scotland’s requirements under the EU Packaging Waste Directive but would also address Scottish concerns with the current UK PRN system. Continue reading
Posted in Packaging, PRN
Tagged Comply Direct, Packaging compliance scheme, packaging producer, packaging producer compliance, PRN, PRN system, Scottish Government, Scottish independence, scottish packaging producers, Scottish PRN System, Zero Waste Scotland
A Food and Drink Federation waste survey (published 27 Feb) gives indication that food and drink manufacturers have continued to substantially reduce waste sent to landfill since 2006.
The WRAP and Food and Drink Federation report states that only 3% of food and packaging waste was sent to landfill from the whole industry in 2012, compared to 16.5% of food and packaging waste in 2006 (read more about packaging waste obligations). Continue reading
Posted in Packaging, Waste
Tagged FDF, Food and Drink Federation, Food and Drink manufacturers, food waste, landfill, packaging waste, reduce food waste, reduce packaging waste, WRAP, zero waste, zero waste to landfill, Zero waste to landfill target
The Glass PRN market, which includes packaging compliance schemes and nationwide glass recycling facilities, eagerly awaits the outcome of Defra’s consultation into amending the glass packaging recycling for business target.
The consultation outcome is expected in George Osborne’s budget report on the 19th of March but in the meantime producer compliance schemes such as Comply Direct are experiencing a stagnation in the glass packaging recovery note (PRN) market and hint that any decision cannot come soon enough. Continue reading
Posted in Environment Agency, Packaging, PRN
Tagged budget 2014, DEFRA, George Osborne, glass packaging producer, Glass PRN, packaging compliance, Packaging producer compliance scheme, packaging recovery note, PRN, producer compliance scheme
Defra have announced that the government are to review the mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by UK businesses.
The ‘Smarter Guidance and Data’, which the forthcoming scrutiny of mandatory GHG reporting will fall under, seeks to reduce red tape and the administrative burden of environmental legislation compliance for UK businesses. Continue reading
Posted in Carbon, Comply Direct, Legislation, Sustainability
Tagged Carbon compliance, carbon emissions, Comply Direct, DEFRA, GHG, GHG reporting, greenhouse gas emissions, greenhouse gases, IEMA, mandatory GHG reporting, reporting carbon emissions, Smarter Guidance and Data review
The Environment Agency yesterday published preliminary Q4 2013 data for reported packaging recovery and recycling tonnages which will interest obligated producer members of UK packaging compliance schemes.
6 weeks earlier than expected, the EA have published the Q4 2013 data on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) stressing that the published figures have not yet been validated and are therefore subject to change should further packaging handled and recovered data be made available. Continue reading
Posted in Environment Agency, Packaging, PRN, Recycling
Tagged approved packaging compliance scheme, Environment Agency, Glass PRN, National Packaging Waste Database, NPWD, obligated packaging producer, Packaging compliance scheme, packaging regulations, plastic prn, producer compliance scheme
Defra have laid the long-awaited MRF regulations before Parliament in order for the new Code of Practice to take effect under amendments to the Environmental Permitting Regulations in England and Wales this autumn.
All permitted materials recycling facilities (MRFs) which process 1000 or more tonnes of dry recyclate per year will now be required to measure and report on the quality of the recyclate as it enters AND exits the facilities every quarter. Continue reading
Posted in Environment Agency, Legislation, Materials, Recycling, Waste
Tagged DEFRA, Environment Agency, materials recycling facility, MRF, producer compliance scheme, recycling, waste, waste management
Calls have been made for luminaire producers to join WEEE producer compliance schemes in order to achieve higher waste luminaire recycling rates in the UK.
The WEEE Recast of the EU WEEE Directive has led a number of additions to the scope of WEEE under the WEEE Regulations 2013 which came into force 1 January 2014 and now include photovoltaic panels in the new category 14 while category 13 was expanded to include luminaires with an integrated LED light source as well as all LED light sources. Continue reading
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Tagged category 13, category 14, LED light source, luminaire, luminaire producer, Luminaire with LED light source, producer compliance scheme, scope of WEEE, WEEE, weee compliance scheme, WEEE producer compliance scheme, WEEE Regulations, WEEE regulations 2013
As a new report suggests that firms are struggling to integrate sustainable business strategies, Comply Direct take a brief look at the current landscape of managing sustainability in business.
The combined GreenBiz.com and Trucost ‘2014 State of Green Business’ report is the 7th of its nature and measures the global progress of the world’s large publicly trading companies and how they address the environmental challenges that fall under the umbrella of sustainable business management. Continue reading
Posted in Carbon, Comply Direct, Sustainability, Waste
Tagged 2014 State of Green Business, carbon emissions, CCA, CRC, CRC obligation, environment, environmental consultant, EU ETS, GHG, GreenBiz.com, greenhouse gas protocol, Packaging compliance scheme, sustainable business, Trucost, weee compliance scheme, zero waste to landfill
David Cameron announced on Monday (27 January 2014) that the government will slash 80,000 pages of environmental regulation guidance by March 2015 in a bid to save businesses a projected £100m per year.
Addressing small business and enterprises at the Federation of Small Businesses conference the Prime Minister acknowledged small businesses as the “life blood of the economy” and pledged to make it “vastly easier and cheaper” for businesses to comply with environmental obligations in the future. Continue reading
Posted in Comply Direct, Legislation, Recycling, Waste
Tagged Batteries, compliance, David Cameron, Environmental legislation, Number 10, packaging waste, Prime Minister, WEEE