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News round-up 16/7

Food collections stopped; Biffa upgrades Anglesey fleet; New appointment at Closed Loop; Suez sells off Macau electricity firm.

Residents told to put food waste in black bins

Tamworth Borough Council has told householders to put their food waste into their black bins after a limited take up of the green bin service.

The council said that only 20% of Tamworth residents used the green bins to recycle food waste, and the disbanding of the service would free up funds for other council activities.

Councillor Michelle Thurgood, Tamworth Borough Council’s cabinet member for Environment & Waste Management, said: “This one simple change will help save Tamworth and Lichfield £400,000, which will allow us to protect important frontline services. Currently we are spending a lot of money on recycling food waste, when in reality few people are using this service.”

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Biffa upgrades Anglesey fleet

Biffa has deployed a new fleet of 10 specialist collection vehicles worth nearly £2m to support Isle of Anglesey County Council’s plans to increase recycling on the Welsh island (picture above).

The new fleet can collect food waste and dry recyclables at the same time, which  the firm claims will maximise efficiency and reduce road miles and fuel consumption.

Pete Dickson, development director of Biffa’s municipal division, said that the new vehicles will enable crews to work faster. He added: “Anglesey is already one of the best recycling authorities in Wales, and Biffa wants to do all it can to help residents and council get to the 60% mark.”

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Stapeley takes Closed Loop Recycling role

Closed Loop Recycling has appointed James Stapeley as its new commercial manager following the retirement of predecessor Chris White.

Stapeley has spent the past 11 years working in the waste and recycling industry, advocating the benefits of zero landfill. He was at FCC Environment for nine years, where he managed the company’s energy-from-waste capacity for Kent County Council, Sita Surrey and Veolia East Sussex. 

Prior to that he was a commercial manager at European Metal Recycling.

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Sita owner sells off Macau electricity firm

Suez Environnement, the owner of Sita UK, has sold 90% of its stake in Macau-based Companhia de Electricidade de Macau, generating a profit of €129m (£102m).

The company’s waste and water services, Sita Waste Services and Macau Water Company, will remain active in the country.

Suez Environnement said the sale is part of its long-term strategy to concentrate on waste and water activities around the world.

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