• Dell Plans to Use Packaging Made With 25% Recycled Ocean Plastic

    The computing equipment supplier Dell is soon to launch a pilot which will see plastics diverted from the ocean to be used in packaging for its XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible laptop range. From April 30th the XPS 13 2-in-1 will come with ocean recycled plastics.

    The programme will prevent over 7 tonnes of plastic from entering the ocean in 2017 and Dell will provide educational information on the packaging to help raise awareness on ocean eco-system health solutions. The packaging will also be …

  • Landowners warned after waste dumped illegally

    A recent press release from the Environment Agency warns landowners to be particularly careful after a significant illegal waste site was identified as residing on private land. The site contained more than 600 bales of general household waste that had been dumped on the premies of a former foundry in Tow Law, County Durham.

    The discovery was made on the 10th February and is the latest in a recent spate of illegal waste dumping across the region. The Environment Agency currently have 3 …

  • Environment Agency visit businesses in an operation to tackle environmental pollution

    A recent exercise by the Environment Agency to tackle environmental pollution resulted in identification of an Environmental pollution violation, a potential illegal waste site and a business that was illegally burning cardboard.

    The visits took place on the Swan Industrial Estates and NEP Business Park in Tyne & Wear. Officers from the EA inspected waste transfer notes, looked at drainage and the storage of waste materials and oils.

    Environment Agency officer Katherine Dowling led the …

  • Environmental charities to benefit from over £1.5 million in payouts after enforcement action by the Environment Agency

    Up to 30 charities and community projects are set to receive payments from UK companies who have broken environmental laws. The money will be spent on projects that will have a positive impact on the environment including river cleaning, native species restocking and investment in parkland.

    A total of 26 Enforcement Undertakings from the EA appear on a list detailing agreed payments ranging from £1500 - £375,000 with 6 companies agreeing to pay 6 figure amounts.

    Northumbrian …

  • ‘Right Waste, Right Place’ Duty Of Care Awareness Campaign

    The ‘Right Waste, Right Place’ campaign aims to inform small to medium sized businesses about the law and of their obligations to comply with the waste duty of care regulations. Research suggests that 56% of UK businesses are not complying with the regulations and 94% of non compliant businesses are small to medium size enterprises.

    The campaign is managed by the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and sponsored by a range of organisations including the Environment Agency ( …

  • Environment Agency crackdown continues on illegal activity

    An press release published on the 10th of January entitled Environment Agency crackdown continues on illegal activity on the .gov website reports that almost £220,000 in fines have been imposed after a number of Environment Agency investigations in the North East targeting both individuals and companies breaking waste and fishing laws.

    25 prosecutions during 2016 for waste offences resulted in total fines of £93,390 and £109,683 in costs were incurred. The convictions …

  • EAC Calls For New Environmental Protection Act Post Brexit

    A recent report produced by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is appealing to the Government to introduce a new Environmental Protection Act as part of the Article 50 negotiations for Brexit. The report entitled The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum presents the findings of the first of a series of inquiries that the committee will be undertaking as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

    The committee looked at the international, legislative and financial issues that …

  • DEFRA reports fall in UK recycling Rate

    A report published by DEFRA on the 15th December presents new data that shows that the combined recycling and composting rate for waste from UK households was 44.3% in 2015, a 0.6% decline from the 44.9% rate recorded in 2014. This is the first time the UK recycling rate has fell since 2010 and the first time a fall has been seen across England since record keeping began in 2000.

    Cuts to local council's waste management budgets, a fall in organic waste for composting and confusion amongst …

  • European hazardous waste management improving, but its prevention needs attention

    The European Environment Agency (EEA) recently published a report entitled Prevention of hazardous waste in Europe the status in 2015. The report is the third in a series of annual reviews of waste prevention programmes in Europe as stipulated by the Waste Framework Directive.

    The latest review focuses on prevention which is a key priority in the european environmental policies. At a reported 100 million tonnes, hazardous waste accounted for close to 4% of the 2.5 billion tonnes of waste …

  • Happy Christmas from everyone at Total Recycling Services

    Happy Christmas from all the staff at Total Recycling Services.

    As 2016 draws to a close we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers and suppliers a very happy Christmas. We look forward to continuing our relationships throughout a successful 2017. Happy Christmas from all the staff at Total Recycling Services.