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News round-up 17/2

Glass recycler fire; MBA Polymers UK fined; document disposal firm investment; Scotland flushing campaign

Blaze at Yorkshire recycling plant

Fire crews spent nearly four hours tackling a fire at a glass recycling centre in Barnsley on 15 February.

Crews were called to the Glass Recycling UK site on Carlton Road, Carlton, Barnsley, at around 3pm.

They found a glass drying unit had caught fire and was well alight.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “Around 25 firefighters were deployed to bring the blaze under control, with five entering the premise in breathing apparatus with an aerial appliance being used to tackle the fire from above.”

No workers were injured, which is believed to have started accidentally. Fire crews left the incident just after 7pm.

Global plastics recycler fined after worker’s arm injury

One of the country’s largest plastic recycling plants, based in north Nottinghamshire, has been fined after a worker suffered a broken arm when it became caught in machinery.

Worksop Magistrates’ Court was told today (14 February) that MBA Polymers UK Ltd failed to take effective measures to prevent access to dangerous moving parts of the equipment at its premises on Sandy Lane, Worksop, on 2 May 2012.

Document shredders invest £500,000

Leeds-based McCarthy’s Safe Shred has invested £500,000 in new facilities and vehicles to help meet demand for its confidential document disposal services.

The business has expanded into a new shredding facility opposite the McCarthy’s premises on Meanwood Road and the company has also grown its fleet to three shredding vehicles.

Press release

£7m cost of flushing rubbish down toilets

A campaign has been launched in Scotland to stop people flushing rubbish down their drains and clogging the sewer system.

It highlighted the £7m annual cost to taxpayers.

Around 80% of the 40,000 blockages last year were caused by people putting the wrong things down sinks and toilets, from nappies to cooking fat, and even pants and jeans, according to Scottish Water.



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