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News round-up 18/8

Furniture Re-use member wins Bolton deal; Comedian helps with clean-up; Welsh council in cuts conversation; Biogen wins award.

Furniture Re-use member wins Bolton deal

Bolton Community Transport & Furniture Services (BCTFS) has become the latest member of the Furniture Re-use Network to win a local authority bulky household waste collection contract.

BCTFS will collect all bulky household waste from residential properties in the Bolton area. Reuse and waste prevention figures are expected to improve as BCTFS will enter the properties to access the unwanted goods, rather than picking up the goods from outside, which are exposed to, and often ruined by the weather.

Diane Firth, BCTFS’ chief executive said: “We need access to the reusable waste in order to pass it on to low income households and people in crisis; and we think Bolton Council sees the benefit of this, and of the social value we bring by providing workplace and training opportunities to disadvantaged adults”.

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Comedian helps with clean-up

Comedian and Edinburgh Fringe Festival star Craig Hill pitched in to help the local task clean up one of the city’s busiest spots, against the familiar backdrop of his own promotional posters at Middle Meadow Walk.

Hill is one of many performers to be promoting their shows using the Council’s official advertising, which for the first year will generate thousands of pounds towards keeping the city clean during the festival.

The scheme dissuades illegal fly-posters by providing alternative advertising opportunities, saving the Council up to £350,000 on the cost of cleaning away flyers and posters. Revenue gained through the scheme will be used to fund additional street cleaning over the course of the festival.

Welsh council plans cuts conversation

Flintshire County Council is to undertake a ‘Big Budget Conversation’ with its residents to discover local opinion on spending cuts which could include waste collections.

Savings of £18m have to be found as councillors prepare for a fall of up to 4.5% in its funding from the Welsh Government.

A live twitter debate to discuss the plans will be staged with council leader Cllr Aaron Shotton and chief executive Colin Everett on 1 September.

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Biogen wins civil engineering award

Biogen has received a civil engineering award for the construction of its plant near Baldock in Hertfordshire, becoming the first anaerobic digestion specialist in the UK to earn such a title.

The company won the Whole Team Award and its facility the rating of Excellent from the civil engineering award scheme CEEQUAL. It achieved this by showing it had improved sustainability in engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and the public realm.

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