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News round up 12/3

EA takes action; Tetra Pak recycling; Huhne biomass firm; landfill closed over smell

EA suspends recycling plant permit

The Environment Agency (EA) has suspended the environmental permit at the waste recycling plant on Shireoaks Road, Worksop, which is operated by Nottinghamshire Recycling Ltd.

The permit has been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing risk of serious pollution caused by fires on the site. While the suspension is in force, no waste can be legally accepted or processed on the site.

The suspension notice issued by the EA outlines steps that Nottinghamshire Recycling Ltd is required to undertake to reduce the risk of serious pollution. The environmental permit will remain suspended until all steps have been complied with.

43 billion Tetra Paks recycled

Tetra Pak has launched its 2013 sustainability report and revealed that 43 billion of its packages were recycled globally last year.

As a result of this, it recycled four billion more of its containers than in 2012, and reached a recycling rate of 24.5%.

Chris Huhne biomass firm licences out wood pellet tech

Zilkha Biomass Energy, a US-based renewable energy firm that counts former UK energy secretary Chris Huhne as chair of its European operations, has taken a major step forward with its plans to provide a new water-resistant wood pellet to the global biomass energy market.

Landfill site closed after odour complaints

A landfill site near Swindon has been closed after complaints about it being too smelly.

Hills Waste Solutions has temporarily shut the Chapel Farm site near Blunsdon after 180 complaints this month.

Extra clay capping is being used to try to seal off areas that might be causing the stench and new gas extraction wells are to be drilled.

Users of the site have been asked to go to other waste disposal sites while it is shut.


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