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News round-up 18/11

Tesco waste row; Tube heats homes; Mafia protest; Telford waste site; Cotswolds fire

Tesco denies risking hygiene by carrying rubbish in food trucks

Tesco is using its food delivery lorries to pick up rubbish from stores in an attempt to cut costs. The UK’s largest retailer stopped using waste contractors to pick up and dispose of general rubbish, including unsold food, from its 600 largest supermarkets. Instead, bags of waste are piled into metal wheeled cages lined with clear plastic - backfilling. These cages are picked up by the same trucks that deliver food to the stores once they have emptied their load

A Tesco spokeswoman said the system, which does not involve the smaller vans that make home deliveries to customers, was not a hygiene risk and was more environmentally friendly. Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose all said they never transport general waste in their food lorries.

Waste heat from the Tube to warm homes

A pioneering new deal will capture waste heat from London Underground tunnels and an electrical substation to help warm homesand cut energy bills.

The project – the first of its kind in Europe - is a partnership between Islington Council, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, UK Power Networks and Transport for London.

The scheme will be run through Islington Council’s innovative Bunhill Heat and Power heat network, which already supplies more than 700 homes in Islington with greener heating and is set to reduce the costs of heating.

Naples rally against mafia waste dumping

Tens of thousands of people have protested in Italy’s southern city of Naples against illegal dumping of toxic waste blamed on the local mafia. Demonstrators carried photos of relatives who they said had died of cancer as a result of the pollution.

Locals call the area between Naples and Caserta the “Triangle of Death” because of toxic fumes after waste burning. Some 10 million tonnes of industrial waste has reportedly been dumped in the region over the past 20 years.

Telford waste site planned under new contract

A new waste management site is being planned in Telford as part of a revamp of recycling services.

The site would include a community recycling centre at Hortonwood industrial estate subject to planning consent, Telford & Wrekin Council said. From April, residents will get a third wheelie bin for plastic, glass and cans, replacing a box and a net.

The current two wheelie bins, for normal and garden waste, and a box and bag for paper and card will remain.

Large fire at Westington Quarry recycling business in Cotswolds

More than 70 firefighters, from Gloucestershire and Hereford and Worcester, were called to a major blaze at a recycling plant in the Cotswolds.

Police officers and the fire service are investigating the fire in Chipping Campden, the cause of which is unknown at this time.

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