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News round-up 14/5

Herts AD plant opened; Tesco carrier bag charge fund distributed; Reuse eludes second-hand shop owner; Gold award for Ansa

Herts AD plant opened

A £12m food waste recycling plant in Hertfordshire has been officially opened by Kier Group chief executive Haydn Mursell.

The Bygrave Lodge anaerobic digestion plant which was designed, built and operated by Biogen, processes 45,000 tonnes of food waste from household and commercial sources each year to generate renewable energy and an agricultural fertiliser. 

The plant can produce 2.1MW, enough to power the nearby town of Baldock for a year.

Kier invested £24.4m in Biogen in 2012, making them equal joint venture partners with founders Bedfordia Group.

Press release

Tesco carrier bag charge fund distributed

Tesco has distributed money raised from the 5p carrier bag charge to 200 community groups across Scotland.

The Community Grant Scheme awards grants of £250 to groups to fund small projects that will improve their local environments.

To meet the criteria, the projects had to:

  • be centred on local action to improve the local environment
  • delivered in an environmentally sustainable manner
  • involve and benefit the community
  • be volunteer led

The full list of all groups awarded can be found here.

Keep Scotland Beautiful

Reuse eludes second-hand shop owner

Christopher Williams, the owner of a second hand shop, has admitted burning waste following an investigation by the Environment Agency.

Williams claimed he was supplying furniture to TV show ‘Inspector George Gently’ when he was actually storing items and burning them at a site in County Durham.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £4,000 costs.

He was also ordered to pay £400 compensation to the owner of the land for waste clearance and £150 to a neighbour who suffered health problems from the effects of smoke.

Press release

Gold award for Ansa

Ansa Environmental Services has been awarded gold in a health and safety awards.

It will be presented to the firm by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) during a ceremony in July.

Judges considered entrants’ occupational health and safety management systems, including leadership practices and workforce involvement.

Most of RoSPA’s awards are non-competitive, grading achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations that maintain high standards in consecutive years can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.

Press release

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