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News round up 13/12

Ugly food waste; business collections; garden waste ‘backward step’; depot refused; Leeds cuts service

Shoppers throw away ‘ugly’ fruit

Too many UK shoppers are shunning misshapen fruit and vegetables and are responsible for a lot of food waste, a Tesco executive has said.

Speaking at a House of Lords inquiry into food waste, Tesco group food sourcing director Matt Simister said domestic consumers were unwilling to consider imperfect fruit and vegetables.

Businesses blast new council waste plans

A Scottish business leader has blasted changes to council waste collection service in Dumfries.

Rory Mackail, of the West of Scotland committee of the Small Business Federation, said new requirements to make commercial organisations separate their rubbish for recycling before collection are “absolutely crazy”.

Under the scheme, all businesses, charities, third sector and public groups will have to purchase recycling sacks – at a cost of £20.20 for ten – to present plastic bottles and steel/aluminium cans for uplift.

Waste service plan is step backwards says recycler

A Borders farmer and organic recycling consultant has called the council’s plan to scrap kerbside garden waste collections “a backward step”.

Mike Orr, from Selkirk, believes that the move, due to be debated by councillors will lead to a significant fall in recycling levels, fines for the council for missing targets, and a rise in landfill costs.

The council is aiming to save £800,000 by scrapping the service, which is not mandatory, and introducing food waste collections, which will be mandatory in 2016.

Council says no to Calne waste depot plan

Wiltshire councillors vetoed plans to load recyclable materials onto lorries outside the Hills Waste factory on the Porte Marsh Industrial Estate in Calne yesterday.

Hills Waste operates a recyclables management facility on the site, where around 300 tonnes of mixed cardboard and plastic bottles is sorted every week.

The company applied to remove a planning condition stipulating that lorries must be loaded inside the factory because it is dealing with an increasing amount of recyclable waste.

Big cuts to free Leeds City Council bulky waste service

A popular free bulky waste collection service in Leeds could soon be slashed by 75% as the council bids to streamline its refuse strategy and encourage people to take more responsibility for their own rubbish.

Leeds City Council currently offers a bulky waste collection service to residents for large items that cannot be collected through the normal kerbside collection services. These include sofas, beds, wardrobes and large electrical items like fridges and washing machines.


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