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News round-up 14/4

Cameron defends Pickles; Swansea hails bag limit; Easter egg recycling; container firm expands; farmers’ fly-tipping warning

Prime Minister backs Pickles over Norfolk EfW

David Cameron has said he was pleased with the recent decision to scrap the controversial Norfolk energy-from-waste (EfW) project because of “huge unrest and unpopularity”.

Norfolk County Council leader George Nobbs blamed the failure of the project on communities secretary Eric Pickles, but Cameron defended his role.

Cameron also said the council’s request for funding help to pay the multi-million pound break clause bill would be considered by the Government.

Black bag limit success hailed

Swansea City Council has claimed that implementing a limit on the amount of black bags resident are permitted to leave out for its fortnightly collection has reduced waste sent to landfill by 30 tonnes during the first day.

The council’s “Keep it to three” campaign was aimed at reducing the amount of waste the council sends to landfill and to encourage recycling in order to hit Welsh Government targets.

Sainsbury’s Easter egg recycling

Sainsbury’s has launched a dedicated Easter egg packaging recycling scheme. The company announced that new specially designed recycling points, which will be trialled in 50 stores until the end of April, would allow people to dispose of plastic, film, card, foil, and ribbon at the same point, providing a range of recycling services not always offered by local authorities.

Lancashire container firm moves into recycling banks

A waste container firm has expanded its services and appointed a new manager to oversee the expansion.

Adlington-based Fairport Containers’ portfolio now also include refurbishment, remodelling, repair and manufacture of recycling banks.

The move is expected to fill a deficit in the market and provide a more proactive umbrella service for clients requiring these services.

Farmers’ fly-tipping warning

The National Farmers Union has urged households who dispose of waste and rubbish, which ends up dumped on farmland, to take more responsibility or face the risk of prosecution.

In England alone during 2012/13 there were 711,000 incidents of fly-tipping with a case occurring every 44 seconds. It’s estimated around two thirds of farmers are affected by fly-tipping. Items that are routinely dumped include old fridges, chairs, mattresses, tyres and contaminated waste, with farmers and landowners then left to pay the clean-up bill.

A previous study revealed the cost of clearing fly-tipped waste from agricultural land was around £47m.

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