MRF charges; Landfill operator admits offences; Food waste pledge for Lent; ZWS ‘Pass it on week’
EA confirms MRFs charges
The Environment Agency has confirmed that Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs) handling more than 1000 tonnes of waste a year will be charged £2,240 as part of the implementation of the MRF Code of Practice.
The charge covers additional costs specific to the regulations, such as inspections, and is in addition to the annual subsistence charge for the permit. The charge will be raised annually in arrears on a calendar year basis. The charge for 2014 will be levied in April 2015.
Gilberdyke landfill operator admits environmental offences
The operator of a landfill site in East Yorkshire has been convicted of five environmental offences after nearby residents complained about the smell.
Waste company City Plant, which runs the site in Newport near Gilberdyke, was prosecuted by the Environment Agency. It admitted that it had failed to comply with enforcement notices requiring it to collect landfill gas.
Sentencing was adjourned at Beverley Magistrates’ Court until 15 April. The maximum penalty for each of the five offences, which also include breaching environmental permit rules, is a £50,000 fine.
Families living near the tip next to the M62 had complained for several years that they had had enough of the “filth, smell and noise” emanating from the site.
Hubbub promotes giving up food waste
Environmental forum platform, Hubbub, is encouraging people to give up food waste for Lent by holding a “cook-off” and educating people on how to use leftover food in pancakes.
The average UK family wastes £60 a month throwing away food and drink that could have been eaten, according to Hubbub, which says those 40 days of Lent without food waste could also save people money.
Hubbub is using the Lent period to offer recipes that use up the most commonly wasted foods such as bread and potatoes, as well as top tips from bakeries on bread saving.
ZWS ‘Pass it on week’
Zero Waste Scotland, which organises Pass it on Week, has teamed up with Glasgow’s Green Year of 2015 team, to bring the concept to the shopping masses at the heart of Glasgow’s retail centre.
The partnership will introduce swap shops, a vintage and re-used fashion show, upcycling and repair workshops and a re-use marketplace to the St Enoch shopping centre to demonstrtae to shoppers that passing items on can be easy.
Pass it on Week is a new national awareness week about reusing items more often to prevent the huge volumes of reusable good sent to landfill each year in Scotland.