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News round-up 17/7

Powerday building recycling plant; SEPA appoints Ricardo-AEA; MPs approve new EA chair; Wirral strike called off

Powerday building recycling plant

London-based waste and recycling company Powerday has begun construction of its second recycling facility. The site is located in Enfield, north London. The firm already operates a waste transfer station in Enfield and the new plant, scheduled to be completed in 2015, will create up to 60 new jobs.

Powerday managing director Mark Bensted said: “The plant will provide an environmental solution which supports industry in the capital and avoids the additional transport distances and environmental impact involved in landfill. Enfield also sits at the heart of the North London Waste Plan area and development of new infrastructure is at the heart of the plan.”

Press Release

SEPA appoints Ricardo-AEA

Ricardo-AEA has been appointed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to evaluate the role regulatory levers can play in helping to drive a circular economy in Scotland. The work will build on the steps already taken by the Scottish Government through the launch of the Zero Waste Plan and more recently the Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources strategy, which sets-out a vision for a more resource-efficient Scotland that sends fewer materials to landfill.

Chris Nuttall, senior consultant at Ricardo-AEA said: “Building a more circular economy in Scotland will not just help the environment but will deliver significant benefits to Scotland’s economy.”

Press Release

MPs approve new EA chair

Phillip Dilley has been approved as new chair of the Environment Agency after being questioned by a committee of MPs about his background and suitability for the role. Dilley, formerly chair of the Arup Group, will take up the post in September when Lord Smith of Finsbury’s term finishes.

Committee chair, Anne McIntosh, said: “We are satisfied that Philip Dilley has the professional competence and personal independence required for the post of chair of the Environment Agency. We wish him every success in his new post.”

Press Release

Wirral strike called off

A planned strike by refuse collectors in Wirral has been called off after an agreement was reached between Biffa and trade union Unite. The dispute was over pay and working conditions and would have coincided with the Open golf championship which is being held in Liverpool. Conciliation service ACAS had been brought in to help resolve the matter.

A Biffa spokesman said: “For all concerned, we are glad that patient negotiation has prevailed, and would like to thank ACAS for its help.”

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