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News round-up 15/10

Truss to attend Efra session; BIS surveys Red Tape Challenge; Upcycling in Scotland; Children’s book on recycling

Truss to attend Efra session

Defra secretary Liz Truss will attend the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Committee’s final evidence session on the department’s performance in 2014-15 on 21 October.

All other Defra MPs including resources minister Rory Stewart will also give evidence at the select committee session.

Press release

BIS surveys Red Tape Challenge

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has asked stakeholders including the Organics Recycling Group to circulate a survey on the recently closed Red Tape Challenge consultation.

In this questionnaire, which closes on 19 October, they are seeking specific estimates from businesses of any unnecessary costs associated with regulatory burdens.

BIS has been working with analysts to establish a baseline of the costs and impacts to the industry.

Survey Monkey

Upcycling in Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland has launched an eight-week social media campaign to encourage Scots to ‘upcycle’ furniture.

‘Design Doctor’ offers expert guidance from designers both online and in person and each week three of them will transform an item of furniture and post the details on Twitter and Facebook, demonstrating techniques that would enable people to upcycle their furniture increasing the item’s value while lowering their carbon footprint.

Environment minister Aileen McLeod said: “The Design Doctor campaign is an ideal fit with the Scottish Government’s approach to creating a more circular economy in Scotland.”

Press release

Children’s book on recycling

Two members of Veolia’s refuse team working for Westminster Council have written a children’s book about recycling.

Operatives Patrick Guihen and Sandro Keningale came up with the idea while on their recycling rounds in the City of Westminster.

The story, titled Munch and the Funny Tummy, follows a collection vehicle called Munch who gets sick after picking up the wrong materials put out for recycling.

Press release


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