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News round-up 17/3

Landfill tax costs blamed; sandbags to be used again; pop-up recycling; tower block recycled

Cambridgeshire County Council blames spending on landfill tax

Funding for waste management in Cambridgeshire has increased from £12m in 2008 to £24m, it has been revealed.

Despite this, more than 40,000 tonnes of recyclable rubbish was landfilled while a giant waste machine dubbed the ‘Terminator’ was broken for 14 months.

The breakage happened at AmeyCespa’s £42 million mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant at Waterbeach.

Council chiefs have blamed the rise on an increase in landfill tax. Mathew Shuter, cabinet member for enterprise and skills at the council, said: “Since 2008/09, the cost of the landfill tax has increased from £32 a tonne in 2008/09 to £64 a tonne in 2012/13.”

70,000 sandbags to be recycled following floods

Hampshire County Council officials have confirmed that sandbags used in the recent flooding will be treated and decontaminated before going back into storage, where they will be ready in case the water level rises again.

A spokesman said: “Sandbags which have been used at individual homes and businesses and have not come into contact with contaminated water will be able to be used in the future, emptied and dug into soil, or taken to household waste recycling centres.”

Pop-up recycling centres for Swansea

Swansea Council is using the idea of temporary recycling centres to combat fly-tipping and encourage people to recycle.

Residents can get rid of household waste such as rubble, stones, bricks, concrete blocks, wood, garden waste and metal.

Council officers will also take household items such as furniture, vases, ornaments, and electrical items including television sets, monitors and radios, if they are in working order, which will be recycled.

Balfour Beatty to ‘recycle’ Manchester tower block

Balfour Beatty has started a demolition project that will recycle 100% of non-hazardous materials from a sixty-four home housing estate.

It is the second phase of a regeneration programme in West Gorton to redevelop a high-rise residential development built in the 1960s. The tower blocks are being replaced with improved residential housing.

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