Plans for a waste-to-energy plant in Wales have initially been approved by the Environment Agency.

The £150 million facility in Cardiff will be able to convert 350,000 tonnes of waste a year into enough energy to power 50,000 homes.

Graham Hillier, from Environment Agency Wales, claimed the plans should go ahead following numerous safety checks that have taken place over the past 13 months.
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The recycling industry in London could be set for a boost following the launch of an investigation into recycling rates in the city.

London Assembly’s environment committee will look at how current recycling methods can be improved after it was labelled the worst performing region in England.

The 33 boroughs of the capital only recorded a recycling and composting rate of 29 per cent in 2008/2009.
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The recycling industry in Middlesbrough is processing more waste than ever before following a new partnership between a waste service firm and the local council.

More than 350 tonnes of recycling was collected during the first four weeks of the deal between Middlesbrough Council and Biffa Waste Services.

In April, plastic collections were extended across the town as residents could recycle ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots and food trays for the first time.
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The recycling industry in North Yorkshire could be boosted by a campaign to improve recycling rates in the area.

Harrogate District Friends of the Earth (FoE) have launched a petition to increase recycling figures in the town of Knaresborough, reports knaresboroughpost.co.uk.

The news provider found that the district was recycling and composting just 31 per cent of household waste in 2009, with rates predicted to drop even further this year.
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A new brewery opened in Leeds last week is further good news for the recovering brewing industry.

Local MP Greg Mulholland and England cricketer Craig White officially opened the Wharfebank Brewery last Friday (July16th).

As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group and CAMRA Parliamentary Campaigner of the Year, Mr Mulholland is a keen promoter for the local brewing industry.
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Friends of the Earth (FoE) has urged the government to reduce imports of South American animal feed and use more home-grown products.

Research by FoE has revealed that half of the soy beans imported to Britain to feed livestock could be replaced by UK animal feed, which could lead to an increase in production.

The organisation claims the increasing clamour for soy has led to many forests being replaced by huge soy plantations.
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Plans for a new waste-to-energy plant in Manchester have been submitted to Salford council.

Sky Properties intend to construct a new facility which will be able to generate an estimated 10MW of electricity for the national grid and process 240,000 tonnes of commercial waste a year.

The Green Lane Eco Park site would consist of a gasification plant – which could generate both heat and power- a materials recycling facility and anaerobic digestion technology. .
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An alliance involving local authorities in Scotland could help promote the waste-to-energy industry in the region.

Businesses, public sector organisations, and educational institutions across the east coast of Scotland would form a partnership to help boost the local renewable energy sector.

The East Coast Renewables alliance would also work with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International to help promote the region as a key area for investment.
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The baking industry has been boosted by the opening of a new retailer which will stock freshly baked goods.

Union Market promises to combine the individuality of a farmers’ market with the convenience of a supermarket, reports bakeryinfo.co.uk.

The first store opened at Fulham Broadway underground station this month and customers are able to buy a range of products from London bakeries the Bread Factory and the Flour Station.
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Welsh brewing giant SA Brain and Co is considering expanding its operations by launching a takeover bid for a Swansea restaurant.

The company is interested in the Penthouse restaurant, which is located at the top of the 350ft Meridian Tower, reports thisissouthwales.co.uk.

Should the deal go ahead, it would highlight the continued recovery of the brewing industry which had been hit by the recession.
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