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News round-up 19/11

Euro waste week; aggregates bounce back; metal recycler’s debt; pig campaign

European Week for Waste Reduction 2013

The fifth European Week for Waste Reduction is taking place from 16 – 24 November with the aim of raising awareness of ways to minimise waste and encourage change in everyday behaviour.

Zero Waste Scotland are the official organisers of the week in Scotland and are encouraging businesses, educational establishments, community organisations, charities and individuals to make a change to everyday behaviour to reduce the amount of waste produced.

UK aggregates markets enjoying growth

After a difficult 2012 UK aggregates markets are now recovering strongly, according to BDS Marketing Research. A report found production of sand and gravel fell by 12% last year, while crushed rock demand also fell by 7%.

The annual BDS report, ‘Estimated outputs of pits, quarries and marine wharves in Great Britain’, is forecasting continued growth in subsequent years. The consultancy expects demand to increase by around 5% in each of the next three years.

Press release

Metal recycling firm’s £100,000 debt

A £100,000 debt accrued by WPR UK Ltd could be written off by Flintshire Council. The company, formerly known as West Pennine Recycling Ltd, was principally involved in commercial activities relating to the recycling of non-waste metal and scrap. It began operating in 1998 from Flintshire Council-owned buildings in Buckley, before fire destroyed the premises.

Celebrities back pig food waste campaign

A string of celebrities including Phillip Schofield, Janet Street Porter and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are backing a national campaign to feed pigs with food waste.

This week top chefs will cook thousands of free lunches in London’s Trafalgar Square in a bid to get food waste back on the menu for pigs. The event, which takes place on 21 November, will serve up a variety of dishes including braised pig cheeks and pork belly pizza using pork sourced from pigs reared on food waste.


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