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News round-up 17/1

Three-weekly collection proposal; Worcestershire EfW approved; Grundon responds to health fears; Rogerson’s flood admission; college recycling; Chorley WEEE collections

Welsh council considers three-weekly collections

Gweynedd Council is considering a reduction in household rubbish collections in a bid to avoid multi-million pound fines for failing to hit recycling targets.

Under the proposals Gwynedd’s current recycling collections would remain unaffected, but one wheelie bin collection of household rubbish would take place every three weeks

The council is set to launch a public consultation as it looks at ways of reducing the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, thus avoiding fines which could rise into the millions as set out by Government targets.

Worcestershire waste incinerator approved

Worcestershire County Council has approved £125m of funding for a waste incinerator plant in Hartlebury.

Plans for the facility were passed in December by the authority and Herefordshire Council, who are jointly funding the project.

Worcestershire Mercia Waste Management said the site will supply 20,000 homes per year

Waste company reacts to Ford incinerator ‘health fears’

A waste management company, aiming to construct a large-scale incinerator at Ford Airfield, has responded to health concerns over the proposed facility – days before a planned protest against the site is set to take place.

This month, Ford Parish Council wrote a frank letter to villagers, condemning plans by Grundon for an incinerator large enough to power 29,000 homes.

But in a bid to reassure residents, Grundon has stressed the technology that will be used will be under stringent environmental controls and would have no detrimental effect on the health of nearby villagers.

Rogerson steps in for Paterson over flood defence spending figures

Resource minister Dan Rogerson, who also holds the water brief at Defra, was forced to clarify a claim that the Government was spending more on flood defences than ever before.

Rogerson has admitted “some minor inconsistencies” in figures provided, adding that they have now been “rectified”.

The amount of flood spending will reach a new high - but that is only if the government counts partnership funding from local councils.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has been under pressure on the issue after he repeatedly insisted that the coalition was spending money at a record level, a claim also made by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Recycling company joins forces with colleges

A recycling business has secured waste management contracts with two of the north east’s largest colleges.

J&B Recycling has been appointed to handle all waste produced at both Hartlepool College of Further Education and Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD).

The Hartlepool-based business already manages waste for Middlesbrough College and a number of schools and is keen to expand its influence within the education sector.

Press release

Chorley Borough Council begins WEEE collections

Social welfare charity Recycle Lives UK and waste management company Veolia Environmental Services have begun free waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) kerbside collections for residents of Chorley Borough Council.

Residents wishing to recycle unwanted or broken electrical items can contact the council to arrange for Veolia Environmental Services to collect the items for free, with the item going to Recycling Lives for recycling.

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