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News round-up 14/3

Flood-hit collections resume; landfill tax call; Boris ignores Powerday plea; HSE enforcement at Spotmix; Scottish waste facility approval

Waste collections resumed after floods

In most flood-affected areas the Somerset Waste Partnership will resume full kerbside recycling and refuse collections from 17 March.

Recycling pick-ups will start again after pump pipes across the road are moved.

Except for Moorland, the services resuming include clinical, assisted and paid-for garden waste collections. All services will be on their usual days from week commencing Monday 17 March. 

Closed Loop urges landfill tax increase

Speaking in advance of next week’s Budget announcement, Closed Loop Recycling chief executive Chris Dow has called for an increase in landfill tax and a commitment to a longer term strategy on landfill tax levels.

Chris Dow said: “We certainly believe that landfill tax should increase at least in line with inflation and the formula should be fixed until, say, 2020 in order to provide confidence and certainty to potential investors in recycling and reprocessing infrastructure.”

Powerday ‘frustrated’ over plant battle

Recycling giants Powerday may continue their fight to build a waste plant in Hillingdon, after the Mayor of London refused to get involved.

The firm’s hopes of resurrecting their bid to build a waste facility in the Old Coal Yard off Tavistock Road were in the Mayor’s hands, after the borough council rejected a planning application in December last year.

HSE gets tough on Spotmix

Enforcement measures have been slapped on a waste site where a man suffered horrific injuries after his arm became trapped in machinery.

The 19-year-old’s arm was crushed in a moving conveyor at the premises of Spotmix Recycling in Bootle.

The Health and Safety Executive served a total of five enforcement notices on the company. Four of these are prohibition notices, which orders the company to stop a particular activity immediately.

The other is an improvement notice, which gives a deadline for specified improvements to be made.

The prohibition notices relate to the guarding on machinery, electrical safety, and activities to do with working at height.

Scottish waste plans approved on appeal

Controversial plans for a waste treatment site near homes in Falkirk have been approved by the Scottish Government.

The approval will allow storage, treatment – including lime treatment – and distribution of organic waste at the old Jawcraigs brickworks site near Slamannan.

It was originally refused by Falkirk Council.


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