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News round up 17/12

Shipping alliance; Goodwin honour; HSE skip safety; waste centre charge

Shipping alliance to shake container market

Three major container shipping companies plan to set up an alliance, called the P3 Network, to co-operate on some of the most important international routes for container shipping services.

Details of the agreement became public after the parties (Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA CGM) notified the deal to the Federal Maritime Commission in the US.

Some within the industry have said competitors and customers might be concerned about possible price increases as a result of the deal.

WRAP’s Goodwin receives Honorary Fellowship

Dr Liz Goodwin, WRAP’s chief executive, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Society for the Environment.

Her award, presented by Dame Fiona Reynolds, was in recognition of her leadership of WRAP, which had led to ground-breaking changes and innovation in sustainable resource use. 

Safe use of skip loaders advice

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a ‘pocket card’ for workers who move skips and containers. The HSE said every year activities involving the movement of skips and containers cause death and serious injury.

Northamptonshire waste centres consider £1 charge per visit

A proposal to charge people to visit Northamptonshire’s household waste recycling centres would lead to more fly-tipping, it has been claimed.

The council is considering charging £1 for visits to its ten tips from next year, but the local Green Party said it would dissuade people from using them.

The Conservative-run authority said the “nominal” charge would not put people off, but could help offset some cuts. The centres are run by contractors and are currently free to visit.

 

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