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News round-up 15/1

MEPs drop circular economy package; New SEPA chief executive; Man starts personal collection service; Suspended prison sentence for waste operator; Community recycling cuts costs

EC drops circular economy proposals

MEPs have voted against all resolutions in the European Commission’s (EC) 2015 work programme.

This means the EC has withdrawn a policy package on the circular economy despite a group of MEPs, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, discussing opposing the withdrawal.

Lawyers from the pan-European Avosetta Group also questioned the validity of the withdrawal.

Press Release

SEPA appoints new chief executive

Terry A'Hearn

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has appointed Terry A’Hearn (left) as its next chief executive.

SEPA Chairman, David Sigsworth said today: “Terry is currently chief cxecutive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and has a strong background in environmental protection and regulation. He has previously worked for the international environmental consultancy WSP Environment and Energy, and also for the Environment Protection Authority in the Australian State of Victoria.

A’Hearn is expected to take up his position in April.

Press release

Bury man starts own household waste collection service

A businessman has stepped in to offer collections after a council cut its own household waste service to once every three weeks.

It will cost families £8.40 a time, but Craig Lavelle says there has been a ‘tremendous response’ to his idea.

Daily Mail

EA prosecutes man who ran illegal and smelly waste site

Waste operator Alan Teesdale has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years for running an illegal site.

He used land at Great Fen Road in Boston, Lincolnshire which was not suitable and the judge told him that he was not properly prepared either, despite repeated advice from the Environment Agency.

The court was told that some people living nearby described the smells as ‘pungent like rotting meat’ and were forced to close their doors and windows and stay indoors.

Judge Stuart Rafferty sitting at Lincoln Crown Court also ordered him on 9 January to pay a contribution to the prosecution costs of £2,500.

Press release

Merseyside’s community recycling cuts landfill costs

A flagship community fund set up to encourage voluntary groups change recycling habits diverted more than a thousand tonnes of waste from landfill, slashed carbon emissions by a similar amount and helped create or secure almost 100 local jobs, according to a new report.

The first major report into Merseyside Waste and Recycling Authority’s £236,000 investment in local community and voluntary groups said the scheme a success.

Under the authority’s community fund scheme, groups were invited to submit funding applications showing how they would reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and deliver a host of other benefits.

Press release

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