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News round-up 18/3

Paper industry apprenticeships; EA tackle firm’s waste mountain; HWRC fires warning; New centre for PVC recycler

UK paper industry achieves apprenticeship ‘Trailblazer’ status

The Confederation of Paper Industries has announced that, following months of collaboration between employer representatives and the Unite union, the UK Paper Industry has officially been approved a Papermaking Apprenticeship Trailblazer.

The new status follows a review of existing industry training standards in line with the Richard Review - an independent review into the future of apprenticeships in 2012 - and subsequent report ‘The Future of Apprenticeships in England’.

More than 200 employers have joined the 1,000 plus organisations already designing apprenticeships. The Trailblazer initiative allows groups of employers to join together to design apprenticeships that develop the skills of their current and future workforce.

Press release

Sunderland recycling firm hit with legal action over waste mountain

A recycling firm in Sunderland has been hit with legal action to reduce the huge mountain of waste at its site.

Alex Smiles, based in Deptford, has been told by the Environment Agency to scale down the amount of material at its riverside base.

The waste management, recycling and skip hire business employs more than 80 people and operates 40-plus heavy goods vehicles.

Sunderland Echo

Embers warning after three HWRC fires in a week

A warning has been issued for people to take care over how they dispose of hot embers after three fires at Buckinghamshire Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in less than a week

A HWRC at Langley was forced to close twice in the space of a four days after fires broke out and another HWRC at Chesham also had to shut temporarily for the same reason.

The fires are believed to have been caused by householders placing hot ash in the waste containers.

Lesley Clarke, Buckinghamshire County Council cabinet member for planning and the environment, said: “Our staff were stunned by the fact that these three fires followed on so closely to each other, and we are worried that this could be repeated if people don’t take care when they are disposing of their waste.

“The problem is that embers, often concealed in what appears to be cold ashes, can remain hot enough to rekindle a fire for several days - especially when mixed with other combustible materials.”

Slough Observer

New centre for PVC recycler

VEKA Recycling has opened a centre in Cornwall for ‘end of life’ PVC-U windows, pictured above.

The site at Indian Queens near St. Austell is a reflection of the company’s need for a permanent collection process in the South West for fabricators and installers.

“We were aware that we needed another size reduction plant to enable more efficient collections,” said Simon Scholes, business administration manager.

“Not only that, it also cuts down our carbon footprint being able to reduce the waste PVC material on site before we send it to our Kent facility - plus it helps us to build a sustainable and reliable business moving forward.”

Press release

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