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News round-up 04/11

Injury and illness figures; Metal campaign extended; Roma residents targeted; Bonfire night warning

11,000 injury and illness cases

Some 11,000 cases of work-related injuries and illnesses were recorded by waste sector employees in 2014-15, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report.

HSE’s Annual Report for Great Britain found 5,000 cases of injuries within the waste industry and 6,000 cases of illnesses.

HSE

Metal recycling campaign extends reach

MetalMatters has said it will have reached over half a million UK households this year.

October 2015 saw the launch of the MetalMatters campaign to another 300,000 homes in Warwick, Torbay and four districts in Lancashire.

The organisation is an industry-funded communications campaign to increase household recycling of metal packaging.

Press release

Recycling project targets Roma residents

A Liverpool project to strengthen links with the city’s Roma population is to promote green messages through a series of recycling workshops.

The Community Living Room workshops, funded by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s Community Fund, are open to all residents in the Smithdown Road area of the city.

Orgnisers hope the local Roma community will learn more about local waste and recycling services.

Press release

EA makes bonfire night warning

The Environment Agency (EA) has asking people planning to have a Guy Fawkes bonfire to only burn small amounts of paper, leaves, wood and cardboard and the waste is kept securely before being burned.

Every year on 5 November, families use waste furniture to build up the bonfire and stuff the Guy with scraps of used foam or old clothing.

Press release

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