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News round-up 19/10

Fire at EMR site; Smaller bins boost Cardiff recycling; Renewable energy cutting costs; Inquiry into food poverty

Fire at EMR site

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue were called to a blaze at an EMR recycling plant in Leeds after a 1,300-tonne stack caught alight.

At its height on Sunday around 20 fire fighters were tackling the blaze at the Cross Green Industrial Estate, and five engines were at the scene. Three fire engines remained overnight and through Monday morning. A spokesperson confirmed that they were expected to stay there for at least the rest of the day to continue work dampening down the fire.

An investigation into how the blaze started is ongoing. EMR head office declined to comment.

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Smaller bins boost Cardiff recycling

City of Cardiff Council reported that the decision to swap its 240-litre residual waste bins for 140-litre bins in July has boosted the tonnages of recycling material collected by 11%.

Food waste recycling is also up 15% on the same time last year.

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Renewable energy cutting costs

A report published by Good Energy and backed by the University of Sheffield shows that renewables are cutting the wholesale price of energy and lessening the impact of subsidies on bill payers.

The report shows that wind and solar brought down the wholesale cost of electricity by £1.55bn in 2014.

It says this means the overall net cost for supporting the two renewable sources last year was £1.1bn, 58% less than the cost reflected in the capped budget set for green subsidies.

Inquiry into food poverty

Food poverty and possible solutions to Scotland’s increasing reliance on food banks are to be investigated by a new group.

Representatives from poverty organisations and charities have joined a working group to identify the issues which push people into food poverty and discuss how they can be addressed.

The group, chaired by the secretary of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, Reverend Dr Martin Johnstone, has been asked to make recommendations to the Scottish Government by February 2016.

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