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News round-up 10/3

Recycling machinery injury; Tipton recycling fire; Manchester recycling fire; Devon cuts scaled back; garden waste clarified

Man injured after becoming trapped in recycling machinery

A 19-year-old man was rushed to hospital after a workplace accident in which his arm was crushed in machinery.

Emergency services were called to Spotmix Recycling – a large recycling plant off Hawthorne Road in Bootle, Merseyside – shortly before 1.30pm on 9 March.

They found the man with his arm trapped in what is thought to be a machine used for crushing recyclable materials into giant cubes.

Fire crews tackle recycling site blaze

A fire at Bloomfield Recycling in Tipton, West Midlands, has been raging over the weekend, with numerous firefighters reportedly still on the scene and tacking the blaze.

It is being reported that there is no danger to the public or other properties, and that the fire has been contained within three of the site’s recycling bays.

According to local reports “hundreds of tonnes” of timber were up in flames.

Manchester recycling fire

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has written to residents and businesses near to a recycling site at Duncan Street in Salford, as firefighters continue to fight a fire that broke out at the premises.

GMFRS volunteers have been distributing letters in the area to inform people of the progress being made by firefighters and provide information regarding the smoke issuing from the site.

The letter said the health risks to the public are low, but the advice remains that where possible, people should try and stay out of the smoke as a precaution.

Waste services cuts scaled back after public outcry

Swingeing cuts to waste services in Devon have been scaled back following a public outcry.

The county council had proposed a raft of changes, including closures of some recycling centres and making charities pay more for waste disposal, in order to help meet savings targets of a further £110m by 2017.

However, a consultation has resulted in a rethink, said Roger Croad, cabinet member with responsibility for waste.

Garden waste collection clarified by North East Lincolnshire Council

North East Lincolnshire Council has outlined its stance on garden waste bins following claims its differentiation between homemade and bought produce was “barmy”.

The authority has begun collecting the garden waste bins across the borough again this week, as reported.

A resident, who did not wish to be named, said he was staggered when he sought clarification on whether vegetable peelings he had bought from the shop could be put in the brown bins.


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