Council consults on £1m savings; Binmen at risk; EEB in circular economy call; Recycling centre victim identified
Service review to save £1m
Leicestershire County Council is seeking residents’ views on changes to recycling and household waste sites in a bid to save £1m, it is reported.
The council has drawn up a list of money-saving options and is proposing to launch a consultation in the winter.
Possible changes include:
- Restricting non-Leicestershire residents’ use of the sites
- Charging non-Leicestershire residents and other groups to use the sites
- Restricting the materials which can be taken to the sites, such as plasterboard and other DIY waste
- Introducing charges for certain materials, including DIY waste
- Reducing site opening times
Binmen at risk from motorists
Gloucestershire Waste Safety and Health (Gwash) partnership reported more than 50 incidents of waste collectors being put at risk by bad driving in the county last year.
It says seven employees on bin rounds were hit by vehicles.
Gwash says all incidents of aggression are logged, along with the vehicle registration plate, and passed on to the police to follow up.
The partnership includes Cheltenham Borough Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Cotswold District Council and Gloucester City Council.
Ministers urged to stop withdrawal of EU circular economy proposals
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has urged EU Prime Ministers to oppose any withdrawal of the European Commission’s Clean Air and Waste Packages. This followed reports that the EC President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans have put those proposals on a short list of legislation that could be axed.
Jeremy Wates, secretary-general at EEB said: “Protecting the environment is clearly nowhere near this Commission’s agenda. But placing it on the sacrificial altar of deregulation is a big mistake. 400,000 people will continue dying prematurely every year because of air pollution and we will miss the boat when it comes to becoming a green, circular economy.”
Man found in Dublin bin identified
A man whose body parts were found at a recycling centre in Dublin in July this year has been identified.
Police have identified the man as 37-year-old Mark Burke.
His last known whereabouts suggest he was sleeping rough, being an occasional resident at a homeless shelter in Dun Laoghaire.