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News round-up 18/12

EU fight for circular economy; bombs at recycling site; Dundee and Angus joint waste bid; plastic bag charge date

EU ministers and industry fight for circular economy package

Plans by EU policymakers to scrap a draft law on air quality has been opposed by 11 member states.

The European Commission recently laid out its legislative plans for 2015, saying it would focus on priorities such as jobs and economic growth. At the same time, it planned to withdraw some proposals made by the previous EU executive, including on improving air quality and cutting waste.

Environment minister Gian Luca Galletti of Italy, holder of the rotating EU presidency, was one of 11 EU ministers who signed a letter to the commission saying they opposed plans to tear up environmental legislation. He told journalists the opposition would continue.

Sections of industry, such as electrical goods maker Philips, have also voiced support for laws to shift to an economy based more on recycling and reduced waste.

The Guardian

Bombs discovered at waste recycling site

Police are investigating reports of a quantity of bombs found at a waste recycling site in Suffolk.

Officers were initially called in after three devices were discovered in among some scrap metal at the site, just outside Ipswich.

Bomb disposal experts and police officers attended the site and confirmed that the devices were air drop bombs - potentially from World War Two.

The devices were not believed to contain explosives and have been taken away by bomb disposal experts.


Long-term joint waste deal sought for Dundee and Angus

Two local authorities have launched a joint bid to tie up their waste and recycling needs for the next 20 years.

Dundee City and Angus councils have issued tenders looking for bidders to treat and dispose of up to 90,000 tonnes of rubbish a year from 2016.

Waste from the two areas is currently disposed of at a energy-from-waste facility at Baldovie in Dundee.

The new deal would see more than half of household waste from the area recycled at a fixed price.


Plastic bag charge date set

A Statutory Instrument outlining regulations for a charge on plastic carrier bags in England has been laid before Parliament.

Subject to scrutiny by MPs, the charge will come into effect on 5 October 2015.


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