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News round-up 12/2

WEEE firm’s China expansion; illegal waste consultant contract; Exeter food waste plans; Brent’s LWARB funding; Ireland waste infrastructure call

WEEE recycling firm secures $30m for China

UK-based E-Waste Systems Inc, which offers customised IT asset recovery and e-waste management, has signed a $30 million contract with its investment partner, Tanke, for further expansion and revenue growth in the China market.

Council ‘breaking law’ over waste consultant contract

The Council of the Isles of Scilly has revealed it acted illegally in continuing to offer consultancy work to SLR.

The company was paid around £150,000 in the 2012/13 financial year, to advise the council on waste.

But the job should have been put out to tender so other interested parties could pitch for the work.

The European Union imposes strict rules on how contracts should be offered out when they reach certain financial limits.

Poor recycling rates spur food waste collection plans

In a bid to improve its recycling targets Exeter City Council is to consider introducing a food waste collection.

The news comes on the back of figures released by Devon County Council which show that Exeter is lagging behind other local authorities in the county when it comes to hitting waste targets.

The city has to lowest recycling rate in the county with a rate below 35% for the past six years.

Brent Council gets LWARB funding

Around 15,000 more flats will soon be able to recycle their food waste resulting in an estimated 514,800kgs more food being recycled each year rather than sent to landfill.

The new communal recycling scheme will be set up with £171,800 from the London Waste and Recycling Board after Brent Council’s successful bid for funding.

Press release

Ireland waste infrastructure call

Exporting residual waste is not an outcome Ireland should rely on in the long term, says a new report from Ireland’s professional body for engineers and engineering.

Such export can only result in missed opportunities to generate energy and create jobs, it says.

The report calls for the construction of more waste-to-energy facilities in Ireland, saying that the lack of infrastructure means that Ireland has to pay for its hazardous waste to be exported.

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