JR of Croydon EfW plant granted
A high court judge has granted permission for a judicial review of plans for a new waste incinerator on the borders of Sutton and Croydon, according to local press. Sutton Council had previously granted planning permission for the incinerator, which was due to be built by Viridor and was due to replace the existing landfill site in the area. However, campaigners have argues that the site would prove a serious health risk and disturb wildlife. The site is also on protected Metropolitan land. The hearing will be held in full later this year.
NHS looks at reducing medical waste
NHS England has launched plans to encourage clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and Trusts to think more about how well their patients are supported with prescribed drugs instead of concentrating on the cost and vulume of prescribed drugs. It is hoped that one of the advantages of the new Medicines Optimisation Prototype Dashboard scheme will see a reduction in medical waste levels.
Oxford consults on ban on takeaway containers
Oxford City Council’s licensing committee has proposed a ban on takeaway containers. A council spokesperson told the BBC that a consultation on the proposal, which aims to cut down on litter and to promote biodegradable packacking, is due to be held in the next six to eight weeks.