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News round-up 16/12

Potocnik plastics call; waste firm fine; kerbside textiles; Somerset closures; green waste backlash

EU commissioner says biodegradable plastics should be clearly labelled

Some European decision makers are concerned about the quality of biodegradable plastics and would like to see them clearly labelled, the EU environment commissioner, Janez Potocnik, told a recent bioplastics conference.

Commenting on a green paper and public consultation on plastics waste launched by the European Commission in March, he said the 270 representatives of public authorities, industry and NGOs participating in the dialogue also had concerns about the quality of the biodegradable material.

Welsh waste firm fined £10k

A waste management company was fined £10,000 for depositing potentially contaminated waste without a licence at a hearing in Newport magistrates court.

Thomas Waste Management (TWM), based on Old Abergavenny Road in Brynmawr, delivered 320 tonnes of uncrushed material to Penpergwm to create a new surface for a track access road on 14 December, 2011, the court heard.

Kerbside textile recycling proposals

Up to 370 tonnes of recycled textiles are set to be saved through a new kerbside recycling plan in Nottingham.

The 12-month pilot scheme is due to be rolled out across the city from February next year.

Somerset recycling centres could close

Five of Somerset’s busiest recycling centres have been proposed for extended opening, but community recycling sites at Coleford and Middlezoy look likely to close.

Under the county council’s medium term financial plan, Somerset Waste Partnership will have £711,900 less funding in 2014/2015, and total of £2,287,900 less over the next four years.

The plan will be open for public comment and considered by the county council and all five district councils before a final decision by the Somerset Waste Board on 21 February 2014.

Backlash at collections charges

A flood of responses to Swindon Council’s changes to green waste and recycling collections has forced the authority to drop its green waste charge by £30.

The proposals were approved by council bosses at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday night after 6,000 people responded to a public consultation.

Swindon Council’s cabinet heard this was one of the biggest participations in a consultation the authority has experienced.


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