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News round-up 18/9

Wolverhampton scrap fire; Ryder Cup; Urban Mushroom Farm; Radioactive waste-eating bacteria

Blaze at Wolverhampton scrap metal dealer

More than 40 firefighters tackled a blaze at a scrap metal firm in Wolverhampton yesterday.

Around 100 tonnes of scrap metal was on fire at Fletcher Metals on Hickman Avenue in the Eastfield area.

The cause of the blaze, which was brought under control within one-and-a-half hours, was being investigated, the fire service said.

BBC News

Spectrum and William Tracey partner for Ryder Cup

Spectrum Service Solutions and William Tracey Group have been appointed to provide cleaning and waste management at The 2014 Ryder Cup, the biennial golf competition being held in Gleneagles this year.

They said they will provide the first ever ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ Ryder Cup in history.

Robin Stevenson, managing director non hazardous waste at William Tracey Group, said: “The Ryder Cup provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase everything that is great about this country and an important part of this is Scotland’s position as a global leader in recycling and sustainable resource management.”

Press Release

Social enterprise to grow mushroom from coffee grounds

Social enterprise GroCycle will run the UK’s first ‘Urban Mushroom Farm’, where coffee grounds will be used to grow Oyster mushrooms.

“It’s crazy that most large cafes are throwing their coffee waste away,” said Adam Sayner, company director. “It is still packed full of nutrients which can be turned into delicious Oyster mushrooms. We are making it possible to grow gourmet food from it instead.”

The farm will open on 23 September in Exeter.

Press Release

Radioactive waste-eating bacteria discovered

Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered microbes that can survive in radioactive waste sites and could help with the disposal of nuclear waste.

The research was published in the Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology.

CIWM Journal

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