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News round-up 17/12

PlasticsEurope on EC work programme; residual waste down in Gwynedd council; enforcement notice after fire; Shropshire EfW plant

PlasticsEurope supports EC 2015 work programme

PlasticsEurope, the trade body of the European Plastics industry, has expressed support for the European Commission (EC)’s work programme for 2015, which will not include a proposed set of measures on the circular economy.

The EC said it had dropped the package, which included targets of recycling 70% of municipal waste and 80% of packaging by 2030, to put forward a more ambitious plan.

Karl-H Foerster, executive director of PlasticsEurope, said: “As it stood, it was unclear what the impact of the proposed recycling targets was. Any future recycling targets should take proper account of what is being achieved in the best performing member states.”

Press Release

Less residual waste after Welsh council reduces collection

The amount of waste sent to landfill in Gwynedd has fallen since controversial three-weekly bin collections were introduced to the first 15,000 homes.

The average home in Dwyfor put 22% less waste in their black bins in November 2014 than in the same month in 2013.

As a result, recycling and composting rates in the county have increased from 54% in March to 57.4% last month.

The council said the waste reduction in the Dwyfor area alone would save it £100,000 a year.

The first phase of three-weekly bin collections was introduced in October, with 19,000 households in Meirionnydd and 26,000 in Arfon set to follow suit next year.

BBC News

EA issues notice after fire at Bridgefoot Quarry

The Environment Agency has issued an enforcement notice to Akhtar Waste and Energy Developments Ltd for the Bridgefoot Quarry Recycling Centre at Flint Cross in Cambridgeshire.

On 13 November 2014 there was a large fire at the facility.

The notice requires all waste material remaining on site, including the ash, to be removed by 16 February 2015.

Press Release

Shropshire EfW plant approved

Plans to build an energy plant powered by animal feed and organic waste for one of the county’s biggest companies have been approved by Shropshire councillors.

The anaerobic digestion plant will be built at Broughall Fields Farm, opposite Whitchurch Business Park, to generate power for storage and distribution giant Grocontinental.

But the proposal led to more than 100 comments of objection and two petitions containing more than 1,000 signatures, citing concerns over noise, smell and traffic.

Shropshire Star

 

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