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News round-up 10/10

Cardiff cabinet approves waste strategy; SEPA investigates disguised waste bales; Biffa boosts Midcounties Co-operative recycling; Bin men set to dance.

Cardiff cabinet approves waste strategy

Cardiff City Council’s cabinet has approved a waste strategy for 2015-18, which includes an option to collect residual waste every four weeks.

The measures will be submitted for public consultation by the end of the year.

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SEPA investigates disguised waste bales

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) is investigating how several hundred bales of waste disguised as silage bales ended up in a disused farm in Turnhouse, Edinburgh.

The waste is thought to have been put in the farm buildings in late July this year, SEPA said.

Calum MacDonald, SEPA’s Executive Director, said: “This is a very significant number of bales that are full of waste that have been brought to the farm illicitly and deposited without the knowledge of the owner of the property. When intact the bales have the exact same appearance as an agricultural silage bale and this may be why this wasn’t noticed when the waste was deposited at the site.”

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Biffa boosts Midcounties Co-operative recycling

More than 200 of the Midcounties Co-operative’s food retail stores are recycling more than 90% of their waste with help from waste and recycling company Biffa.

Overall, the Midcounties Co-operative is diverting over 4,000 tonnes of waste each year from landfill and saving £280,000 annually in landfill costs after receiving guidance and support from Biffa.

Mike Pickering, sustainability manager at the Midcounties Co-operative, said: “It is testament to the hard work of our colleagues and the support of partners like Biffa that we have been able to significantly improve our recycling processes.”

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Bin men set to dance

A team of five Viridor refuse workers will feature on Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew on Sky 1 on 12 October (picture above).

Now in its third series, the programme sees Ashley Banjo and Britain’s Got Talent winners’ Diversity secretly teach unlikely groups how to street dance,culminating in a surprise show in front of unsuspecting family and friends.

As part of the filming, the group met Ashley and Diversity at one of Viridor’s waste transfer stations in Bury, where they performed a dance routine inside the recycling block.

Ashley Banjo said: “It always shocks us how all the groups are so different and seeing their final performances makes us so proud. It’s about people stepping out of their comfort zones and discovering what they can do if they try.”

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