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News round-up 10/1

Swansea waste station gaffe; ex-military to protect recycling centre; wood recycling fire probe; unstable Welsh waste heap

Council waste sorting station unused

A Swansea council recycling centre that invested in a £60,000 sorting station has not been able to use the device in seven months because it failed to release that planning permission would be needed for the equipment.

The two-storey picking station was installed at Clyne Household Waste Recycling Centre in May 2013, after which the planning department said it would need permission because the machine exceeded the 4m limit for moveable structures.

Council considers ex-military to protect waste site

Ex-military personnel could be employed by Harrow Council to tackle threatening behaviour by visitors to its recycling centre.

A security firm could be drafted by the council to enhance security at the tip after staff faced repeated abuse from that are reluctant to pay drop-off fees.

UK Wood Recycling blaze prob

A probe is being carried out into the huge blaze at a Teesside wood recycling plant over Christmas and the New Year.

UK Wood Recycling said the fire at its Wilton site near Redcar involved 16,000 tonnes of wood stored at the site for recycling into various products, including biomass fuel for the Wilton 10 power station.

Warning over unstable waste heap in Wales

People have been warned to stay away from a 200m wide stretch of a huge waste heap after storms left it unstable.

Last week’s torrential rain, high winds and powerful tidal surges caused swathes of the east cliff at Flint to peel away.

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