Recycling Cutbacks Could Lead to Lack of Jobs has reported that Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman’s June Waste Review could lead to a lack of investment and jobs in the UK waste industry due to the scrapping of specific recycling targets being set.

Attacks by shadow Environment Secretary Jamie Reed indicate that England’s target of 50% household waste recycling is too low compared to the rest of the UK, with Scotland and Wales aiming for 70% of waste being recycled by 2025, creating thousands of jobs in the waste industry. Mr Reed has asked whether Mrs Spelman will “publish an assessment of how many English jobs will not now be created… as a result of her decision”.

Mrs Spelman has said that the 50% recycling target meets EU regulations and will lead to a greater emphasis on the management of landfills. These would create waste industry jobs in areas where they are needed, according to the councils that need such schemes, rather than forcing them upon certain areas.

Mr Reed replied to these comments by stating that the government has abandoned recycling targets in England which would help to “rebalance the economy” and have therefore begun “deterring investment” in the waste industry.

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We are growing our Scientific and Engineering Team

CK Science is an innovative, dynamic company providing a comprehensive, confidential and specialist recruitment service to the chemical, pharmaceutical, engineering, biotechnology and waste & environmental industries.

CK Science help recruit well informed, qualified and motivated candidates for permanent and contract positions across the UK and Europe. CK Science is trusted and respected by our clients, who appreciate our professionalism, integrity and commitment to finding the right person for the job.

In order to maintain this excellent level of service, CK Science have appointed a new Recruitment Professional, Victoria Walker, to join their team.  Speaking of Victoria’s arrival to the team, Russell Oakley, Manager at CK Science, stated, ‘We are really pleased to have Victoria joining the recruitment team here in Chesterfield.  With an MSc in Chemistry and experience of the recruitment industry Victoria is ideally qualified to take control of permanent recruitment for the chemicals, waste, environmental and analytical testing sectors.  We are looking forward to implementing her skills and experience in order to grow the sector further through 2010.’

If you would like CK Science to help you with your recruitment needs within the chemical, waste, environmental and analytical testing sectors, please call 0114 283 9956.

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Process Engineer (Oil & Gas Industry) based in London, UK

Process Engineer based in London, UK

Our client, an independent project development consultancy serving the Upstream, Midstream and Downstream sectors, are currently looking for a Process Engineer with experience from the refinery, oil & gas or petrochemicals industry, to join their team on a contract basis.

The ideal candidate for this Process Engineer job will have industrial experience in the oil & gas sector and will have worked as a Process or Project Engineer dealing with large scale design projects or have worked in a process engineering support role. It is essential you are immediately available for appointment or available at short notice to start in this role.Entitlement to work in the EEA is also essential.

To hear more about this Process Engineer job, please contact Russell at CK Science on 0114 2839956 or email Please quote reference SH19189 in all correspondence.

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About CK Science

CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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GSK Offers to Share Scientific Data to Wipe Out Tropical Diseases


In recent years, pharmaceutical companies have come under increasing pressure to change their approach to providing cheap drugs to people in the developing world. Many have faced fierce criticism for their failure to drop prices for HIV drugs while millions died in Africa and Asia, for defending patents. However, it seems the Chief Executive of GSK, Andrew Witty has a plan to fix this problem.

As reported in the Daily Telegraph, GSK is planning to share scientific data and laboratories in a bid to wipe out tropical diseases, such as malaria.  Andrew Witty, the Chief Executive of GSK who recently spent time in some of the world’s poorest continents, including Africa, said the global pharmaceutical company has a “genuine appetite to change the landscape of healthcare for the world’s poorest people”. In fact, it is estimated that Africa carries 70% of the world’s healthcare burden, but only receives 3% of healthcare resources.

In 2009, GSK announced it would create a patent pool for some of its existing products and not-for-profit-pricing on a variety of drugs for the developing world. In addition, the pharmaceutical giant plans to release 13,500 of its compounds that are believed to have the potential to be developed into new malaria treatments.

GSK will also operate an ‘Open Lab’ scheme whereby the company will open one of its laboratories in Tres Santocs, Spain, for non-GSK scientists to use to investigate treatments for other tropical diseases. The lab will accommodate 60 scientists who will benefit from £4.9m of funding from GSK to help with their research.  Speaking of this innovative ‘Open Lab’ scheme, Witty stated, Speaking before leaving for New York, Mr. Witty said: “Malaria is a dreadful disease which stalks the fields and villages of many parts of the least developed world. It has been an intractable problem for decades. Enormous progress has been made through bed net programmes, for example, but a really effective treatment has been somewhat elusive. We need to enlist the help of scientists around the world and to make it as easy as possible for that brilliant scientist, wherever they are, to find that initial spark that could be the breakthrough.”

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