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News round-up 12/6

Fall in lamp recycling ‘expected’; Welsh satisfied with council recycling; Wiltshire MRF recommended for approval; Reuse raises £10k for charity

Fall in lamp recycling ‘expected’

A slump in recycling of lamps has been caused by the growing popularity of new LED lighting.

The 2014 rate was 29%, down from 53% recorded in 2013, the first fall since the start of the WEEE regulations.

Nigel Harvey, chief executive with Recolight, (pictured above second left at the company’s annual summer event) said this was to be expected as large quantities of LEDs have been sold with very few being returned as WEEE due to the product’s longer lifespan.

Press release

Welsh satisfied with council recycling

The Welsh government has released the results of its national survey which shows an 82% satisfaction rate with council recycling.

The results varied from a 69% satisfaction rate in Torfaen to 88% in Caerphilly.

The survey also found that 83% of people had donated or sold second-hand items in some way, and 60% had bought or received a second-hand item.

The National Survey for Wales involves over 14,000 people a year across the whole of Wales.

Welsh Government

Wiltshire MRF recommended for approval

An application from Hills Waste Solutions to make permanent a MRF in Lower Compton near Calne has been recommended for approval by a Wiltshire Council planning officer.

A final decision to retain and extend the existing facility, where household waste is sorted and recyclable materials are collected, will be taken at County Hall on 17 June.

The recommendation has been made despite more than 130 objections from individuals, Calne Town Council and Cherhill, Compton Bassett and Calne Without parish councils.

Objectors have raised concerns regarding the landscape and visual impact of the site, the impact of transportation of waste and access considerations, and air quality and odour impact.

Gazette and Herald

Reuse raises £10k for charity

A Suffolk resident has donated £10,000 to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA) from the sales of reusable items salvaged from the Haverhill Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) to mark the 10th anniversary of her daughter Deena’s death from the syndrome.

Following Deena’s death aged 38, mother Rose Felloni has been raising awareness and has donated roughly £30,000 to support the PWSA’s work.

Suffolk county councillor Matthew Hicks said: “I would like to congratulate Rose on her fundraising efforts for a charity which is close to her heart and for also helping to increase Suffolk’s reuse rate by saving items from being thrown away.”

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