Brighton refuse workers to strike; DS Smith buys Croatian firm; Fires strike in Herefordshire and Crawley; Hadfield Wood Recyclers wins Essex deal
Brighton refuse workers to strike
GMB members employed by Brighton & Hove Cityclean as refuse and recycling drivers have voted to take industrial action over a dispute about pay and allowances.
The action will start on 12 September and include a ban on overtime, the non-collection of side waste and a one-day strike on 15 September.
GMB branch secretary Mark Turner said: “The council’s continuing filibustering on issues which could have been settled if management really wanted to, has resulted in our members having no other option than to vote as they have.”
DS Smith buys Croatian firm
DS Smith has announced the acquisition of Kaplast, a Croatian injection moulding company.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the UK group said the newly-acquired firm would be integrated into its rigid packaging operation’s injection moulded products business, whose main facility is in Bilzen, Belgium.
Kaplast specialises in what DS Smith described as “added value returnable” beverage and food packaging.
Fires strike in Herefordshire and Crawley
Firefighters from Herefordshire and Worcester have been called in to tackle a fire that broke out at Wye Waste Paper in Ledbury on 9 September.
Crews from Lebdury, Fownhope, Ross, Leominster, Hereford, Bromyard and Whitchurch attended the incident, and Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue said that two crews remained overnight in case the bales of paper reignited.
Meanwhile, a fire broke out at the Metcalf Way household recycling centre in Crawley on September 10, which resulted in the facility being evacuated.
The Crawley News reports that an investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.
Hadfield Wood Recyclers win Essex deal
Veolia has appointed Hadfield Wood Recyclers to reprocess waste wood across Essex for the next four years.
The firm will handle around 100,000 tonnes of waste wood over the course of the contract. The wood recycling company has been working with Veolia and the county council since 2008 but had to re-tender for this new contract.
Vicki Hughes, group business development director at Hadfield Wood Recyclers, said: “We have shown a commitment to Essex and expanded our existing facilities by moving to a bigger site, which we are due to officially open later this year. The new site will see us able to increase our local work force over the next few years.”