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News round-up 17/4

Veolia meets WEEE obligations; Grundon acquires Arundelle; London Marathon recycling.

Veolia meets 2013 WEEE obligations

Veolia Environmental Services has claimed to be the first WEEE producer compliance scheme to report that it has secured the recycling evidence it needs to meet its members’ obligations for the 2013 compliance period.

The confirmation came ahead of the Environment Agency’s April 30 deadline.

The scheme is one of the largest in the UK and earlier this year reached a milestone of 200,000 tonnes of waste electronics collected since starting operations in 2007.

Grundon acquires Arundelle

Grundon Waste Management has acquired Arundelle, a specialist industrial services and cleaning company for an undisclosed amount.

The move, which takes effect from May 1, will enable the company to expand its range of services into confined spaces cleaning, decontamination, site decommissioning, pollution control, scheduled inspection and maintenance, and a hazardous spill response service.

50,000 bottles collected at Marathon

More than 50,000 discarded plastic water bottles were collected after the London Marathon. Veolia and Westminster City Council said they amount to almost two tonnes of plastics.

Recycling bins were situated along the route in the city to make it easier for the runners to dispose of their bottles. Those left on the ground were removed by Veolia’s cleaning team which includes 23 manual sweepers (photo above) and 14 vehicles.

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