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News round-up 16/4

Three waste/recycling fires; BA invests in biofuel; Plymouth waste facility award; Teignbridge collections sorted; merchants boost RDF

Three waste and recycling fires

Firefighters have been tackling blazes at the Hempsted Recycling Centre in Gloucestershire, an FCC Environment mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant in Wrexham and a waste site in Dundee.

Around 100 tonnes of landfill caught on fire at Hempsted Household Recycling Centre on 16 April. A spokesman for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed most of the flames had been extinguished on firefighters arrival and was under control.

A fire at a recycling centre building on Wrexham Industrial Park was put out by six fire crews. The building was evacuated and no injuries were reported.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Services said the fire was confined to a conveyer belt being built inside the building. An investigation into the cause of the blaze has begun.

FCC Environment said the fire had been at its new MBT plant currently being built at its Bryn Lane site.

Dundee fire crews are battling a blaze in 30 tonnes of rubbish at a Dundee industrial estate.

Three units from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended at the Wester Gourdie industrial estate after the fire broke out in a large shed containing general waste.

British Airways to buy fuel from waste plant

BA has committed to buy 50,000 tonnes of jet fuel made from converted waste.

A delayed project to supply British Airways with jet fuel from converted waste is a step closer after it was announced a location has been found for the GreenSky fuel plant, in Thurrock, Essex.

BA is committed to buy all 50,000 tonnes of jet fuel produced at the processing facility for at least 11 years. The plant, operated by Solena Fuels, is to be built by 2017 on the site of the former Coryton oil refinery, creating 150 permanent jobs.

Plymouth waste facility wins award

An Energy from Waste Facility construction site in Devonport has won a national award.

MVV Umwelt O&M GmbH, the principal contractor, was presented with a gold award at the Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Awards.

It puts the site in the top 1% of 8,500 eligible projects nationwide.

Waste services alteration resolved in Devon

Changes to Teignbridge’s District Council collection of waste and recycling have been agreed by the authority’s executive.

They include weekly food waste and weekly recycling collections including cardboard and mixed plastics, both of which are not currently picked up from the kerbside.

The new collections are due to be introduced in June 2015 at the earliest.

Merchants convert waste into RDF

Builders’ merchant Jewson plans to achieve zero waste to landfill by the end of the year through increasing the creation of refuse derived fuel.

In its latest Sustainability Report for 2013, the company showed that it had diverted 59% of its waste from landfill, up from 35% in 2012.

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