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News round-up 1/9

London ban for unsafe lorries; Rochdale goes three-weekly; Bygrave AD certified; Seabird plastic ingestion

London ban for unsafe lorries

Lorries without safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians will be banned from London’s roads.

Under Britain’s first safer lorry scheme, heavy goods vehicles in the capital must be fitted with side guards to help prevent cyclists being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision.

They must also have a specific type of mirror to give the driver a better view of bicycles and pedestrians.

The Guardian

Rochdale goes three-weekly

Rochdale is launching three-weekly collections for all but organic waste from next month.

Food and garden waste in brown bins will be collected every week with all others collected every three weeks.

Households will be given a kitchen caddy to store food waste and free compostable bags.

Rochdale online

Bygrave certified

The Bygrave anaerobic digestion plant in Hertfordshire (pictured) has achieved the industry certification PAS 110 for the biofertiliser produced as part its recycling process.

Owned and operated by Biogen, the plant processes food waste to generate renewable energy along with a high quality, nutrient-rich biofertiliser used on local farmland.

Around 45,000 tonnes of food waste from households, supermarkets, food manufacturers and the hospitality industry is processed at the plant each year to generate 2.6 MW of green electricity.

Press release

Seabird plastic ingestion

About 90% of seabirds have eaten plastic and are likely to retain some in their gut, according to new analysis.

The study concludes that matters will only get worse until action is taken to stem the flow of waste to the oceans.

Researcher Erik Van Sebille from Imperial College London says the oceans are now filled with plastic and it is “virtually certain” that any dead seabird found in 2050 “will have a bit of plastic in its stomach”.

BBC

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