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News round-up 10/2

Viridor Laing success; Sita rail operation starts; Biffa’s landfill assurance; Oxfordshire partnership warning; LWARB grants announced

Manchester’s Viridor Laing contract hailed

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has set a 0% increase levy for 2014/15.

The authority approved a medium-term financial plan projection of a 3% reduction in 2015/16 and another 0% increase in 2016/17.

GMWDA said it was making “excellent progress” with the contract it entered into with Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited (VLGM) in April 2009.

Councillor Neil Swannick, GMWDA chair, said: “Whilst this is good news all round, we can and should, do better at recycling.”

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Sita London to Scunthorpe operation begins

A rail-to-road operation to transport 250,000 tonnes a year of London household waste to Scunthorpe has got under way.

Trains pulling 78 sealed containers are arriving at the Sita UK site on Scunthorpe’s Tata Steel works five or six days a week.

The 30-month operation comes after Sita signed a £760m contract with the West London Waste Authority to dispose of waste created by 1.6 million residents in the capital.

Biffa landfill gas emissions ‘remain safe’

The Environment Agency has received more than 200 complaints over the smell emanating from a Biffa-run landfill site in Redhill, Surrey.

The agency said it was considering deploying air quality monitoring equipment across the area, more than two weeks after the problem first appeared.

Residents claim they have suffered headaches and nausea as the smell, which comes and goes, is detected inside homes across the town and beyond.

A Biffa spokesperson said: “We would like to assure residents that nothing has changed in relation to the gas collection systems at Redhill landfill site. These are checked daily and are running efficiently.”

Councillor warns waste partnership could ‘bite the dust’

Oxford City Council councillor John Tanner (Lab) has claimed Oxfordshire County Council is planning to take away its £123,000 contribution from the Oxfordshire Waste Partnership.

This, he said, would leave it with funding of only around £25,000 from each of Oxfordshire’s five district councils.

He said: “Oxfordshire Waste Partnership is likely to bite the dust in 2015 because of the outrageous decision by the county council to take away its funding.

“That is a very short-sighted decision. We are better working together than separately.”

The partnership of six local authorities was set up in 2007.

£1.2m recycling boost for London

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has been awarded £1.2m in grants to 17 London boroughs.

It is anticipated that these projects will provide new or improved recycling facilities to over one million households, diverting in the region of 60,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and incineration over the first four years.

The grants will be invested in a variety of recycling schemes across London from introducing a new food waste collection service to residents in flats in Brent to a mobile recycling centre in Westminster. The grants are part of LWARB’s ‘Driving up Performance Fund’ to improve household recycling services in London. 

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