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News round-up 11/12

Wales’ Love Food Hate Waste; Cornwall fly-tipping; Circular economy award; Backyard waste fine

Welsh Government backs food waste reduction campaign

A Love Food Hate Waste campaign has received support from the Welsh Government in a bid to help families to reduce food waste and save money.

A two month pilot programme carried out at the Co-operative Group’s Porthcawl food store (picture above) saw over 500 customers pledging to make changes to the way they use and store food – which could save families up to £700 each year.

Love Food Hate Waste is now undertaking further detailed research into consumer awareness, behaviours and attitudes to food waste and food packaging.

The research will explore consumer knowledge and attitudes around packaging, use of food packaging and food storage in the home – the findings are expected to be revealed in late spring 2015.

Press Release

Cornwall fly-tipping increases after waste charges

New waste charges caused an increase in fly-tipping in Cornwall, according to a local councillor.

Redruth councillor, Lisa Dolley, said a residents are confused about what items can be recycled for free.

Fly-tipping incidents are up by a third year-on-year to 1,119 since charges were introduced at household waste and recycling centres, Cornwall Council figures show.

BBC News

Soils services company wins circular economy award

Soilutions Ltd, based in Edinburgh, has been awarded the ‘Circular Economy’ accolade at the 2014 Vision In Business for the Environment of Scotland Awards.

Sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland, the award celebrates the best demonstration of a closed loop approach to material use.

Soilutions specialises in removing contamination issues from soil, such as the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, responding to oil spills, or treating invasive weed species.

It has committed to embedding resource efficiency in its day-to-day operations, sharing its experiences across the business community and collaborating with its supplier and contractors to achieve economies of scale.

Press Release

Woman fined for backyard waste pile

A woman who left rubbish and furniture strewn behind her home for several months has been ordered to pay back the South Tyneside Council for the cost of removing it.

She was fined £200, ordered to pay £114 to the council, a further £100 in prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

The Shields Gazette

 

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