Wales £2.3m fund; Tata redundancies; nappy composting; MP wins award; John Lewis generators
Minister announces £2.3m funding for recycling projects
Wales minister for natural resources and food Alun Davies has announced £2.3m capital funding for four Welsh councils to support recycling activities.
Powys County Council will receive £1.19m, Newport City Council will receive £967,00, Bridgend County Borough Council will receive £66,500 and Swansea City Council £152,978.
Davies said: “This funding will support projects that help local authorities to meet our recycling targets as we work towards a zero waste future for Wales.
“Thanks to the efforts of Welsh householders and local authorities, we are now recycling over half of our municipal waste. This investment is designed to support local authorities as they continue to make improvements.”
Tata Steel redundancies
Tata Steel chiefs have confirmed around 650 employees on the Scunthorpe works have expressed an interest in taking voluntary redundancy.
The response has come in the wake of the company’s decision to axe 340 jobs in the town, mainly from the ranks of managerial and office staff.
Interviews with the 650 interested steelworkers will start later this week to see if pay-offs match their aspirations. Forecasts of expected golden handshakes have been prepared by the British Steel Pension Scheme.
Nappy composting plant opens In Kent
New Zealand company Envirocomp, a subsidiary of OCS Group, has opened the UK’s first nappy composting plant at Rochester, Kent. The facility will turn disposable nappies that would have been sent to landfill into compost.
About 8m nappies are thrown away every day in the UK, most going to landfill or incineration. Compost produced at the Rochester plant will be used initially for land restoration. The plastics separated out as part of the process can go to energy for waste plants and research is under way to look at recycling options.
Labour MP wins CIWEM gong
Barry Gardiner, Labour MP for Brent North and shadow minister for the natural environment & fisheries, has been named as CIWEM’s Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year at the Institution’s annual parliamentary reception.
John Lewis renewable generators deal
The John Lewis Partnership has signed a new energy supply deal which will see more than 380 Waitrose and John Lewis sites supplied with 100% renewable electricity.
Under the agreement, electricity will be purchased from independent generation projects, including a wind turbine at family-run Dewlay Cheesemakers in Lancashire; the Rainbarrow Farm anaerobic digestion project in Dorset and the Udny Community Turbine in Aberdeenshire.