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News round-up 11/3

Kirklees’ embarrassing recycling rate; ZWS events guide; Concern over Fife’s four-weekly trials

Kirklees recycling rate ‘embarrassing’

The future of waste disposal in Kirklees is being considered after a senior councillor branded the authority’s recycling rate as “embarrassing”.

Councillors have been asked to consider ideas as the council’s current contract with Sita will need extending, renewing, updating or scrapping by 2022/23.

The percentage of household waste in Kirklees sent for reuse, recycling or composting stood at 30.87% in 2013/14. Neighbouring Calderdale has the best record in Yorkshire at 60%.

Spenborough Guardian

Legacy of green events set to live on with new guide

Zero Waste Scotland has published a guide to help event organisers to plan and deliver environmentally sustainable events, as part of national Legacy Week running on 9-15 March.

The guide, which builds on learnings from high-profile events hosted by Scotland during 2014, including Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup 2014, Homecoming Scotland and Festival 2014, was launched at the Scottish Tourism Alliance’s event at the Scottish Parliament last night, where the Legacy 2014 programme highlighted the tourism benefits of the Commonwealth Games.

Press release

Petition calls for scrapping of Fife bin trials

Two trials of new refuse collections – which will include less frequent emptying of the blue bins for general waste – will begin this summer.

But there is already opposition to the move, with an online petition attracting more than 2,000 signatures in less than a week.

The year-long trials, which will affect up to 4,000 households in Fife, are being introduced in a bid to reduce waste going to landfill.

In one of the trials, blue bins will be emptied every three weeks instead of the current two, and in the other only every four weeks.

However, green bins – used for recyclable materials such as plastics and cans – will be emptied more frequently.

Fife Today

  • This article was updated on 12 March to remove a reference to a fire at Sim’s Long Marston site. The fire was on a site nearby.

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