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News round-up 1/12

Call for Autumn Statement support for sector; Consultation starts on North London Heat and Power Project; No HSE decision after fatality; Web support for Scottish retailers

Osborne urged to help waste sector

The Environmental Services Association (ESA), has urged the Chancellor to use his Autumn Statement on Wednesday to improve the climate for investment in green infrastructure.

The ESA says this can be achieved through new tax allowances for infrastructure expenditure, and binding time limits on planning determinations.

Its economist Jacob Hayler said the Government should also signal that local authorities will be given the support they need to reach the 2020 recycling targets.

“DCLG should target support to those authorities which maximise value for money with their private sector partners, rather than [communities secretary Eric] Pickles’s preoccupation with those which are struggling to maintain weekly collections,” he said.

Press release

EcoPark consultation under way in north London

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has kicked off the first phase of consultation over plans to replace the existing energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Enfield with a £450-500m recovery facility.

NLWA and the seven boroughs in the area who have signed up to the North London Heat and Power Project at the Edmonton EcoPark have agreed a joint target for north London to aim for at least 50% of its waste to be recycled by 2020.

Consultation “to help shape the proposals” lasts until 27 January and is supported by a website:

  • NWLA managing director David Beadle writes on the project in the next issue of MRW

Press release

No decision on prosecution after fatal accident

The Health and Safety Executive has yet to decide whether to take action against a Derbyshire recycling and waste management business where a worker became trapped in the loading machine he was operating and died.

A spokeswoman for the independent watchdog said its investigation into the incident at the family-owned and managed Rainbow Waste, in Swadlincote, in June last year was still on-going and a decision over the next steps would be taken over the coming weeks.

The Derby Telegraph reported that the jury at an inquest in Derby decided 24-year-old Ashley William Morris died as a result of an accident.

Online help for Scottish retailers

Zero Waste Scotland has launched a reporting portal to help retailers meet requirements of the country’s new carrier bag charge.

Scottish Government regulations, which came into effect in October, require retailers to charge a minimum of five pence for every single-use carrier bag.

Those which employ 10 or more full-time equivalent members of staff must also keep and supply information about the bags they sell and the proceeds generated from the charge.

Retailers signed up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Carrier Bag Commitment, which agree to donate proceeds to good causes in Scotland, will be able to record data about the bags through the new web portal.

Press release

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