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News round-up 11/2

FCC loses Covanta challenge; £1m RDF investment; Able Recycling’s Teesside contract; skip companies prosecuted

Judge dismisses FCC’s challenge against Covanta

The High Court has rejected a challenge to the UK’s first development consent order (DCO) approving controversial plans for an energy from waste (EfW) facility in Bedfordshire.

Mr Justice Mitting dismissed a judicial review challenge brought by FCC Environment (UK) Ltd against the DCO. It has been granted to Covanta Energy for them to develop an electricity generating station together with a MRF and other associated development at the Rookery South Pit site.

Recycling specialists invest £1m in RDF facility

B&M Waste Services is investing £1million in an innovative refuse derived fuel (RDF)  facility at its site in Trafford Park, Manchester.

The Wirral headquartered business, which provides total waste management solutions to businesses across the UK, will be creating a number of jobs in the area through the opening of the facility.

Able UK Recycling contract to bring jobs to Teesside

About 200 jobs could be created after a Teesside company won a contract to dispose of four offshore structures.

Able UK which deals with recycling and decommissioning of end-of-life marine structures at its Graythorpe Dock in Hartlepool won the six-year contract.

The four structures from the Shell-operated Brent field in the North Sea will travel 100 miles north-east of Scotland to Teesside.

It is anticipated that about 97% of the structures will be reused or recycled.

Illegal wood burning caught on camera

Two skip companies repeatedly supplied wood to an illegal wood burning site.

The Environment Agency had the site in Upminster, Essex, under surveillance for several days in January 2012.

The man responsible for burning the waste, landowner Kevin Harding, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a contribution towards costs of £1,000, both based on his means, after pleading guilty to operating the illegal waste site.

Modern Skips Ltd was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £4,600 costs for taking waste to an illegal site. Excel Skip Hire Ltd was fined £5,000 plus £2,300 costs for a similar offence. Both companies pleaded guilty.


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