WasteWorld February 8th 2023 – Recycling Waste Wood and a “crack down” on Waste Criminals

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Welcome to Wednesday, 8th February Edition.

In today's Waste World:
  • The Government's new pledge to eliminate waste crime by 2043
  • Waste Price Watch – what's happening in the waste market?
  • Sector Focus – we take a look at recycling waste wood!
  • What we've been reading – quirky stories that have interested us this week!


Government pledge to eliminate waste crime by 2043

A new "crack down" on waste criminals

Details of changes to the waste exemptions regime in England and Wales have been published in the hopes to “crack down on dangerous waste cowboys and illegal practices”. The Government plans to tighten the rules to prevent waste criminals from exploiting loopholes and pledge to eliminate all waste crime by 2043.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says the current rules allow for certain low-risk and smaller scale waste activities to be carried out without the need to hold an environmental permit. Instead, they only need to be part of a registration scheme. These rules have allegedly been exploited by waste criminals to carry out illegal waste activities. For example, hoarding large amounts of undocumented waste and evading landfill tax. It's estimated that illegal waste activity costs the English economy nearly £90 million each year.

If you're not using a licensed waste carrier, you could be leaving yourself exposed to heavy fines as it is classed as a criminal offence. Check out our blog for more information on why you should always choose a licenced waste carrier.


Waste Price Watch

Each issue we bring you the latest market prices for recycling; plus the cost of PRN (Packaging Recycling Note) and landfill fees.

For full detail and up to date prices click here. For details on PRNs click here. 


Focus on Waste Wood

Turning your waste wood into a new product!

Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste wood once we've collected it? We visited one of our approved suppliers to find out how we can turn your waste wood into a brand new product!

Once collected, the wood will be sent to a facility where it is dried and shredded. This turns the material into a dust which can then be used to make wood pellets. These pellets can be used for anything from cat litter to power pellets used to create heat in back burners which is more environmentally friendly than using fossil fuels. Using recycled wood in the process helps to protect natural resources as no new wood needs to be created.

To find out more, check out our blog or take a look at our video showing the process!


Have you seen Flame Energy's new website? Click here to check it out!



Cat found in recycling plant:

A four week old kitten was found by workers at a Hartlepool recycling facility after surviving 'heavy machinery'.

Shop signs made from recycled nappies:

ASDA and Pura have teamed up to make in-store shelf signage from an unusual recycled material – nappies!

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