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News round-up 10/7

Full service commencement for Shanks; £1.1m Hampshire recycling centre opens; NI paper plant fire; DCLG watchdog members announced

Shanks gets full service commencement contract

Shanks Group has announced that its majority owned joint venture with SSE, 3SE, has reached full service on its £750m contract with Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils.

Under the 25 year contract, Shanks will operate mechanical biological treatment and anaerobic digestion facilities at its Bolton Road site in Rotherham.

The plant (pictured) will treat up to 265,000 tonnes of household waste from the three councils and turn it into recyclates, biogas for energy generation, a nutrient-rich digestate and a energy-from-waste.

Press release

£1.1m Hampshire recycling centre opens

The Test Valley Mayor and local councillors have opened a £1.1m recycling centre in Nursling, Hampshire.

Operated by Raymond Brown waste solutions, the 1.6 hectare site can process 75,000 tonnes per annum of non-hazardous commercial and industrial waste.  

A year’s worth of development and consultation followed the initial planning proposal in 2012 and no concerns or issues were raised by stakeholders throughout this process.

This investment has meant that the business has created around 12 new jobs.

Press release

NI paper plant fire

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at a paper and cardboard recycling plant in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) sent 50 crews, 10 engines, six pumps, a water tanker, a command support vehicle and an operational support unit to the site near Londonderry.

A firefighter was taken to hospital after he was struck by a digger on site. He has since been discharged with minor injuries.

NIFRS said the cause of the fire is being treated as accidental.

DCLG watchdog members announced

The Parliamentary select committee that oversees the work of the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced its anticipated members.

MPs Bob Blackman, Jo Cox, Helen Hayes, Kevin Hollinrake, Julian Knight, David Mackintosh, Mark Prisk, Angela Rayner, Mary Robinson, Alison Thewliss have been nominated for approval by the House of Commons on 13 July.

The watchdogs for other departments including Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Defra announced their members on 8 July.


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