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News round-up 14/1

Carpet fire continues; new Defra guidance; Fareham recycling drops; Gloucestershire incinerator inquiry; public back weekly collections

Thrunton carpet warehouse fire ‘out in three weeks’

A fire that started at a Northumberland carpet recycling plant more than four months ago could be extinguished in three weeks, the council has said.

The blaze broke out at the site in Thrunton in September, and the council now estimates that about two thirds of the burning material has been put out.

Environment Agency officials have also served an enforcement notice on the owner, Blackwater North East.

This requires it to remove the burned debris currently outside the premises.

Reforming waste management guidance

Defra is asking for comments on proposed content for the new guidance on waste management. The department has also listed existing guidance with recommendations for what should happen to this guidance when Defra’s agencies’ web content is moved to GOV.UK.

Recycling rates drop in Fareham for first year ever

Recycling figures in Fareham have taken a step backwards and dropped for the first time since the council began properly recording recycling rates.

Figures show that Fareham Borough Council collected around 2% less recycling in 201, than in 2012, although it collected the same amount of waste overall.

Gloucestershire incinerator inquiry

Thirty people and organisations will take a stand against Gloucestershire’s incinerator plans at a planning inquiry.

The inquiry into the decision to refuse planning permission for waste firm Urbaser Balfor Beatty’s £500million burner will be opened up to the public to speak for the first time since it began in December.

Public back weekly collections

North Lincolnshire people have been making their views known about the possibility of a return to weekly bin collections.

A poll by revealed almost two-thirds of those who responded are keen to see a return to weekly pick-ups by council teams, while 36% are happy to stick with the current fortnightly system.

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