Oxford launches recycling competition; Large fly-tip near Silverstone; Construction recycler gets £2m funding; Council saves £2.5m by recycling
Oxford launches recycling competition
Oxford City Council has been given £350,000 by the Government to run a recycling rewards scheme, called the Blue Bin Recycling League, during the next three years.
The council has split the city into eight areas, with charities and households from the one that improves its recycling rate the most each month awarded a prize.
Large fly-tip near Silverstone
A large amount of waste was dumped in a lay-by on the A413 near Silverstone.
It was a mixture of household, garden waste, WEEE and the remains of a garden shed weighing 3/4 of a tonne.
Initial checks carried out by environmental enforcement officers from South Northamptonshire Council uncovered material that may allow them to trace the person responsible for dumping the waste.
Construction recycler gets £2m funding
Livingston-based construction waste firm Caledonian Recycling has secured a £2m funding package from Secure Trust Bank as it aims to expand the business.
The funding package comprised a £1m invoice finance facility in addition to a £1m asset finance loan.
The invoice discounting will be used to support cash flow for the business while the asset finance loan will allow the purchase of additional equipment.
Council saves £2.5m by recycling
Residents in West Sussex have helped to save almost £2.5m in five months by improving their recycling.
In July and August, the total material processed and diverted from landfill by the county council was nearly 13,000 tonnes, which resulted in a saving of more than £1m on landfill tax.
Added to £1.4m in landfill tax saved from April to June, local reports say the money can now be reinvested into the services run by the council.