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News round-up 15/6

Recycling firm’s print contracts; CE impact on emissions; ‘Apprenticeship’ protected in law; Strong results for ESG; Biffa donates to hospice

Recycling firm wins print contracts

Countrystyle Recycling has secured contracts with three major print companies in the south-east.

Pureprint Group, Headley Brothers and Mastercolour have all contracted the Kent firm to process paper, cardboard, plastic, wood and dry mixed recyclables.

The contracts would mean over 8,000 tonnes of material diverted from landfill each year.

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Report shows impact CE policies on emissions

Zero Waste Scotland has released a report, The Carbon Impacts of the Circular Economy (CE), which models the impact of national strategies on greenhouse gas emissions.

It compares a 2012 baseline with four different scenarios for 2050 to quantify the potential carbon impacts of a more circular economy in Scotland.

The results highlight the impact of Scotland’s material consumption and provide evidence that CE strategies could provide long-term economic growth.

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‘Apprenticeship’ protected in law

The term ‘apprenticeship’ is to be protected in law to ensure it is recognised as a career path equal to higher education.

The Government says it will nowbe able to take action when the term is misused to promote low quality courses.

The business department will also enshrine in law its commitment to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, announced that public bodies will now be set targets to take on more apprentices.

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Strong financial results for ESG

Environmental testing firm ESG has reported strong growth in sales and profits for 2014, with sales growing by 3.8% to £77.3m and profits increasing by 14% to £8.4m.

The business, which is backed by 3i, has invested £5m in 2014, £3.1m of which was in capital projects and £1.9m in growth initiatives.

Recent investments have included a £1m investment in IT infrastructure.

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Biffa donates to Wirral hospice

Biffa’s bin creas and street cleaners in the Wirral have gone two years without a lost time incident, triggering a donation to Claire House Children’s Hospice.

To date, Biffa has donated £10,000 to Claire House, the adopted charity of the Wirral depot.

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