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The UK’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collection rate rose fractionally in 2012, aided by a fall in the tonnage of new products placed onto the market, data published by the Environment Agency in February has shown. The provisional figures show that the total collection rate for household and non-household WEEE reached 35.37% for [...]

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More than half of restaurant food waste is going to landfill mainly because of a lack of anaerobic digestion (AD) capacity in England and Wales, according to the Hospitality Carbon Reduction Forum.  The shortfall applies to 12,000 sites run by forum members such as Whitbread Group, Fullers, Nando’s, Costa Coffee and JD Wetherspoon. The hospitality [...]

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The UK is at risk of heavily over-investing in waste infrastructure, according to the latest review of residual waste treatment capacity by consultancy Eunomia. It had been thought that a large amount of treatment plants, including incinerators, anaerobic digestion, mechanical-biological and autoclave facilities would be needed to divert waste from landfill and increase recycling. Eunomia [...]

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Some waste recovery and recycling costs have fallen over the past year, according to the latest annual gate fees report from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Fees for materials recovery facilities (MRFs) are now just £9 per tonne on average, down from £15/t last year. The median in-vessel composting fee for garden waste [...]

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UK Business Secretary Vince Cable announced plans to invest a ‘landmark’ £80 million in small-scale waste infrastructure on April 25th 2012.  UK Green Investments, a specialist team within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), has committed the money to two specialist fund managers (Foresight Group and Greensphere Capital). The fund managers will be responsible [...]

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More than 50% of UK WEEE is now being recycled or reused, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) says in its latest report. Some 37% of WEEE is recycled through Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATF), it says. Additional items are recovered via scrap merchants, materials recycling facilities, EBay transactions and car boot sales, or [...]

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A new recycling charter has been launched to help boost recycling rates and tackle the issues smaller businesses face in getting access to waste services. The “Business Waste and Recycling Services Commitment” is part of a package of measures outlined in the Waste Review earlier this year, and builds on a responsibility deal with the [...]

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There is an annual 22.3 million tonne gap between the amount of waste produced in Britain and the capacity to treat it, according to a new report by Eunomia. Local authorities, commercial and industrial sources generate 35.4Mt of waste per year, but facilities to treat that waste (either operational or under construction) have a total [...]

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The WFAA provides a number of membership categories in order to meet the different services required by large international companies, small medium sized enterprises, trade associations and professional bodies. Find out  more >

WFAA Audits on Google Maps

To see the current list of WFAA commissioned audits you can access an interactive database of waste sites over-layed on to Google Maps or Google Earth with map pins representing each site and giving more infomation on the site.

Commissioning audits

WFAA members commission audits of waste facilities that they commonly use in the UK and mainland Europe through expert international environmental consultants.  To view a full list of current audits click here.