Waste Management Training Remains Priority Across Sectors

Waste Management Training Remains Priority Across Sectors



screen-shot-2015-12-21-at-09-41-16-472x372The recent 2015 training, education and development survey shows businesses across a range of sectors are committed to investing in sustainability, resources and waste training.

The survey was undertaken by CIWM in order to gain insight into the current trends and demands in sustainability, waste and resource management training. Over 100 responses were collected from professionals working across eleven different industry sectors and from small businesses to large multi-national companies.



The results showed a positive trend in the amount of individuals and organisations that are still committed to investing in resources and waste training, with 66% reporting that their employers had provided them with formal waste and resource training, and over 63% identifying that this training had been undertaken in the last 12 months. Read more

UK Uses 300,000 Tonnes Of Card Packaging At Christmas

The staggering amount, which is enough to cover Big Ben nearly 260,000 times and the Angel of the North two million times, highlights the amount of card packaging that consumers use when it comes to stocking up on food, drink and gift packaging for the festive season.

Furthermore, over 400,000 tonnes of paper and card packaging were not collected for recycling from UK households in 2014. The figures released alongside a series of compelling images of iconic UK landmarks “covered” in cardboard and wrapping paper, seek to raise awareness around the vast amount of card and paper packaging that has the potential to be recycled by householders during the Christmas period. It also launches Recycle Now’s quarterly paper and card recycling campaign –‘Paper and card, too valuable to discard’ – running until the end of February 2016. Read more

One Third Of London’s Buses To Run On Waste Fats And Oils.

Almost a third of London’s bus fleet will soon be running on a greener blend of diesel, resulting in a huge reduction in CO2 emissions of 21,000 tonnes each year which comes on top of the 48,000 tonne CO2 reduction from 2013 levels as a result of the introduction of lower emitting buses such as hybrids.

Two bus operators, Stagecoach and Metroline, have signed deals with Argent Energy to supply them with B20 green diesel. The cleaner burning fuel is made from blending diesel with renewable biodiesel from waste products, including cooking oil and tallow from the meat processing trade. Read more

Packaging sector calls for plastics target freeze

Respondents to a consultation on plastics packaging have called for current targets to be frozen until 2020 in order to reduce the “heat and volatility” of the PRN system.

The two-month long government survey consulted waste industry members on proposals to amend plastics target under the Producer Responsibility Obligations – after research suggested that recycling of the material is higher than previously thought

The plastics packaging target, which stands at 52% for 2016, is set to rise to 57% for 2017 despite concerns raised in the ‘Plastic Flow 2014’ report that the baseline data used by Defra to measure the UK’s progress to EU packaging targets is incorrect. Read more

U.S. Stocks Down, and Running Out of Time

There are four trading sessions left in 2015, and it’s still an open question whether the major indexes will close out the year higher or lower. That pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the U.S. equity market in 2015.

The S&P 500 was up just 0.1% for the year heading into Monday’s session; the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.5%. Those numbers don’t reflect total returns, of course, and after accounting for dividends, the S&P is up about 2% on the year.

U.S. stocks are in the red Monday morning, dumping the S&P back into negative territory on the year and pushing the DJIA further in that direction. The S&P is down 16 points, or 0.8%, at 2045, and the Dow is down 103 points, or 0.6%, at 17449. Without any data of note, it appears the skeleton crews manning the trading desks are following oil. Nymex crude is down 3.4% at $36.81.

No single sector has contributed more to the equities market’s miasma than energy. That sector was down about 22% on the year, by far the worst among the six sectors in the red on the year. Materials are down about 9%, and utilities 8%. Four sectors are higher on the year: consumer discretionary (8.8%), healthcare (5.9%), tech (5.1%), and consumer staples (4.5%). Excluding energy, the S&P 500 would be up 2.1% heading into Monday’s session, according to data from S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Within energy, Chesapeake Energy Corp.CHK -8.54% had the widest losses, down about 79% year-to-date. Consol Energy Inc.CNX -9.02% and Southwestern Energy Co.SWN +2.09% were also both down more than 70%. Only six names in the sector are up on the year, with Valero Energy Corp.VLO -1.82% the big winner, up 43%. Tesoro Corp.TSO -1.96% (39%), Cameron International Corp.CAM -0.13% (27%), and Newfield Exploration Co.NFX -2.27% (17%), Phillips 66 PSX -2.25% (14%) and Marathon Petroleum Corp.MPC -1.98% (15%) were the other fortunate gainers.

But the energy patch wasn’t the only drag on the index. Excluding Apple Inc.AAPL -1.12%, the S&P 500 would be up 0.17% on the year. That isn’t a huge difference, but we are talking about a single stock, and a single stock that has for several years been one of the stock market’s main earners. Apple was down about 2% on the year heading into Monday’s trading. The stock peaked in February at $133, and bounced around there through July, but it’s been on a downswing since then.

It may seem easy enough to try to “pro forma” the market’s returns in your mind, to exclude energy and Apple and paint a sunny picture for yourself. But these are not incidental contributors. Apple and the energy sector have been major contributors to the S&P’s 205% gain since the 2009 nadir. Apple was trading at a split-adjusted $12 back in March of 2009. The energy sector rose 124% from March 2009 to its high last summer. Back in 2009, energy had the heaviest weighting of the ten sectors. Apple has been the single biggest contributor to S&P 500 earnings, and is the index’s single-biggest stock by market weighting.

Apple’s stock aside, it’s been a better year to be investing in the big guys. While the S&P 500 clings to its gains, midcap stocks are down 2.5% on the year, and smallcap stocks are down 1.7%.



Australia’s carbon emissions are increasing, government report shows

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions increased in 2014-15, a report released with obscure timing by the Australian government has shown.

The December 2015 quarterly update of carbon emissions, which covers the period to the end of June 2015, was released with no fanfare on Christmas Eve. The quarterly update forms part of Australia’s international reporting of its emissions

It shows that Australia’s emissions increased by 0.8% last financial year compared with the previous one, and 1.3% when land use and deforestation were taken into account. Australia generated 549.3 mega-tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2014-15. Read more

Warming of Arabian Sea poses threat to fisheries: Scientists

Indian scientists have spotted unusually high warming of the Indian Ocean in the recent years, which may lead to depletion of fish cache in the western sea board in future.

he warming have led to sharp decline in phyto-planckton — tiny marine plants and insects — that is the major food source for many aquatic creatures including fishes. Read more

Future of Solid Waste Management in India

Given Below is the draft of proposed Municipal Solid Waste Management and Handling Rules 2015 to be implemented in India soon. Although the proposed MSW rules 2015 are better than MSW rules 2000, still there are some loopholes that allow corruption in waste management. Read more

10 ways to have a green Christmas this year

Christmas might be focused on trees, but that doesn’t make it a green holiday. From wasteful purchases and non-recyclable wrapping paper to disposable party ware and high electricity bills, the holiday season can take a toll on the environment. By shopping local, crafting your own gifts, upcycling, and reducing waste, you can not only make the Christmas season more sustainable, but also save money and have a positive impact on your community. Read on to discover 10 easy ways you can green your Christmas this year.


1. Make your own recycled gift wrap: silvia-sala-2-537x361

Did you know that some Christmas gift wrapping isn’t even recyclable? Keep bags of trash out of the landfill by creating your own simple gift wrap from recycled shopping bags or brown kraft paper.  You can also spruce up the packaging by making your own stamps from potatoes and other veggies. Read more

Biodegradable plastics not breaking down in ocean, UN report says

‘Essentially the ocean is being used as a waste basket,’ author says

A new report says it could take two or three years for some biodegradable plastics to disintegrate. ‘Once it’s in the sea it’s just going to stay there for an extremely long period of time,’ said Peter Kershaw, one of the report’s authors. (Edward Conde, Flickr cc)

A new report from the United Nations says plastics labelled biodegradable rarely disintegrate in the ocean because they require industrial composters and prolonged exposure to high temperatures to break down. Read more