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News round-up 15/11

Fashion show for recycled materials; sock puppets controversy; Swindon firm fines; strange questions in Sydney

Upcycled fashion show in Manchester

Recycle for Greater Manchester’s upcycled fashion show has won awards from CIWM and ISWA for the communications campaign of the year.

The event showcased designer collections, including from Adnan Bayyat’s who has previously designed for Lady Gaga, The charity Dress for Success accepted clothing donations from the audience on the night.

Greater Manchester buys 90,000 tonnes of new clothes each year and throws away 59,000 tonnes to make room for these new purchases, most of which could be used again, the organisers said.

Sock puppets ‘patronising’ say Tories.

Colchester Borough Council’s Conservative opposition has objected to the creation of a £2,000 video posted on YouTube to encourage younger residents to participate in food recycling.

The Binling family of monsters, Oody, Ru and Kel cost £15 each to make and explain how the new food waste bins work.

Tory group leader Will Quince said: “We are all grownups and we are being told what to do by sock puppets. If they want us to recycle more, tell us why it is important, don’t create sock puppets and make patronising videos. It is reminiscent of Sooty and Sweep, cringeworthy stuff.”

The council’s Liberal Democrat deputy leader Martin Hunt replied: “I would have thought Mr Quince was young enough and savvy enough to appreciate social media and the fact we are doing something to aim at a different kind of audience than by shoving leaflets through letterboxes.”

Fine for Swindon firm in dust escape

A Swindon waste disposal company and one of its officers have been ordered to pay £73,000 in fines and costs after allowing dust to escape from their site and operating without an environmental permit.

Averies Recycling (Swindon) pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court on 13 November to causing a nuisance to neighbouring businesses with dust generated from its waste operations and to operating a waste transfer station without an environmental permit. It was fined a total of £11,000 and ordered to pay costs of £60,000.

Lee Averies pleaded guilty to causing the company to commit the dust offence by neglecting to ensure appropriate measures were in place or followed to control dust escape and was fined £2,000.  

Can I recycle my sphygmomanometer?

New South Wales waste agency ACT NoW has marked Australia’s national recycling week by revealing some of the bizarre questions put to it by members of the public.

These have included the recycling potential of old sex toys, credit cards and a sphygmomanometer. Residents have also wanted to know whether they can recycle body bags, old suitcases, pot-plants, baby toys and dentures.

The sphygmomanometer particular puzzled the agency. It is used to measure blood pressure and contains mercury, which had to be removed before the rest of it could be sent to a metal recycler.

But acting director David Roberts encouraged the public to ask about recycling. “The only silly questions are the ones you don’t ask,” he said.

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