Scottish landfill tax powers; Two barges for Cory; Fifth year for EnviroGrant scheme; Sainsbury’s Easter egg recycling
Landfill tax powers for Scotland
From today, the Scottish Parliament is collecting the first solely Scottish taxes since 1707 - which include landfill tax.
The powers to administer the new taxes follow the passage of the Scotland Act 2012.
Administrative body Revenue Scotland has been set up to manage the tax regime.
Deputy first minister John Swinney said: “Today is historic. For the first time in 300 years, with the launch of Revenue Scotland, Scotland is able to collect and manage some of our own taxes.”
Two barges for Cory
Cory Environmental has taken delivery of two new barges (pictured) to transport incinerator bottom ash along the River Thames.
The ash will be moved from Cory’s energy from waste facility, situated on the banks of the river in the London Borough of Bexley to a processing plant in Tilbury.
The material will be turned into construction aggregate.
Neil Caborn, Cory’s general manager, on the right, said the barges “have been specifically designed for our Thames operations to carry heavier payloads of ash compared to the existing fleet of waste barges”.
Fifth year for EnviroGrant scheme
The Southwark EnviroGrant scheme has reopened for its fifth year and offers community organisations, resident groups and schools the chance to secure £1000 for their environmental projects.
The scheme was established by Veolia to support projects that ‘enrich the local environment’.
Over £13,000 has been awarded over the course of the scheme to 20 projects that include community gardening and composting, plastic bottle greenhouses and educational eco dens for primary schools.
Easter egg recycling facilities at Sainsbury’s stores
Sainsbury’s is to offer recycling facilities at its stores for all elements of Easter egg packaging including plastic, film, card, foil and ribbon.
The supermarket will extend the scheme to 400 stores following a 50 store trial last year.
Paul Crewe, head of sustainability at Sainsbury’s, said: ‘Recycling is an important part of Sainsbury’s environmental commitment.’