Printer cartridges to be classed as WEEE

WEEE regulations, WEEE, BIS, printer cartridgesThe Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) have responded to updated guidance following the European Commission’s FAQ document on the expanding scope of the WEEE Directives, signalling that printer cartridges will soon be classed as WEEE.

Beckoning major changes for UK businesses BIS has issued guidance on the recent WEEE Recast and confirmed that producers of printer cartridges will, from 2016, be classed as EEE producers.

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PRN market uncertainty could cost Producers

Plastic, PRN marketIndustry spokespersons are expressing concerns over the growing volatility of waste Plastics and the potential effect this could have on the PRN market in 2015.

Previous years have seen relatively predictable PRN markets with stakeholders easily able to foresee the prices of PRNs throughout the year. However, due to a number of factors detailed below, 2015 is looking increasingly unpredictable in prospect and could significantly impact producers and schemes who have traditionally always bought PRNs at year end when prices have in previous years dipped. Continue reading

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Ecompter Video introduces carbon management software for hotels

Ecompter Video Introduces Carbon Management to Hotels, Ecompter, Ecompter Video, Carbon Management, Carbon Management for hotelsEcompter, the carbon and energy management software solution designed specifically for hotels, has been launched in the UK by Carbon and Energy experts, Comply Direct, who have created a handy introductory video to help hotels understand the benefits of carbon management.

The UK hospitality and tourism industry is projected to grow exponentially in 2015 as the next generation of tourists and visitors become even more economically active and the popularity of eco-hotels is expected to increase as a result.

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R1 classified EFW plant shortage in UK

Data released by Defra has revealed that only three operational energy-from-waste (EFW) plants in England have so far obtained R1 status for energy efficiency.

R1 status means that a R1 classified EFW plant is classed as a ‘recovery’ facility rather than a disposal facility.

The R1 formula is outlined in the EU Waste Framework Directive and is a performance indicator for the level of energy recovered from waste based on aspects such as the energy produced by the plant and the energy contained in the waste.

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Compliance with ESOS – Are you obligated?

ESOSThe Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is now in the final year of it’s first compliance phase and with the scheme expected to affect around 9,400 ‘large undertakings’ in the UK, it is essential that you determine whether you are obligated under the scheme to ensure compliance and avoid a hefty fine.

All businesses in the UK that fit the ESOS qualification criteria on the qualification date of 31st December 2014 will now be obligated under the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme.

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Plastic study reveals high UK recycling rate

PlasticFindings from the Plastic Flow 2014 study (released 16th December) have indicated that the current UK recycling rate is higher than predicted for waste Plastic packaging.

The report, which was carried out by WRAP and other industry organisations, was commissioned by Defra after concerns were raised regarding the current baseline data used to monitor the UK’s progress towards meeting EU Packaging targets.

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End of Waste tool launched by EA

End of waste toolThe Environment Agency have launched free online tool, ‘IsItWaste’, as part of the Ensuring Quality of waste-derived products (EQual) programme which will help businesses to become more resource efficient by enabling them to easily check whether their waste materials meet End-of-Waste criteria.

The tool, launched last month on the 11th November, has been developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with The Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and several other waste sector organisations such as the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).

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EDOC now administered by Defra

edoc-logoThe Environment Agency (EA) have confirmed that regulation of Waste Transfer Note (WTN) tool Electronic Duty of Care (Edoc) has transferred to Defra, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the NI Assembly.

The change in ownership of the Electronic Duty of Care (edoc) system, an electronic tool which enables the simple creation and storage of WTNs online, could be a step towards the system being made mandatory for UK businesses.

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