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News round-up 19/11

Residents oppose Gedling AD plant; Reuse Shop’s first year; Scholarship for ‘Sustainable Visionaries’; Gardeners recycling backed

Residents oppose Tamar’s Gedling AD plant

Proposals for an anaerobic digestion plant in Gedling, near Nottingham, have been opposed by local residents concerned about traffic and smells.

A consultation on the planning application by Tamar Energy runs until 21 November.  The company said the site was on the edge of the city and would include noise abatement measures and odour filters.

BBC News

Reuse Shop processes 119 tonnes in first year

Some 119 tonnes of goods have gone through Viridor’s Reuse Shop in Taunton, Somerset, during its first year of operation.

Launched in November 2013 and open seven days a week, the shop sells items that would otherwise go for recycling or landfill.

Created in partnership with Somerset Waste Partnership and an experienced local trader, the shop covers its own costs while making a small surplus that will go into waste minimisation projects in the county.

Press Release

First scholarship for ‘Sustainable Visionaries’

Food waste recycler ReFood, has announced the industry’s “first dedicated scholarship programme” to inspire the next generation of sustainable students.

‘Sustainable Visionaries’ will see undergraduates from across the UK compete to demonstrate why they believe minimising waste is key to achieving a circular economy.

Applicants have been asked to develop a 500-word entry detailing why they believe reducing food waste can help the UK achieve 2020 waste targets. The winner will be granted a £5,000 bursary.

Press Release

Gardeners get funding for recycling

Gardeners in in Whiston have been given £1,500 from a community fund operated by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority.

The Friends of Halsnead Allotment Group will use the money to capture and recycle rainwater, create new paths from shredded hedge cuttings, improve composting and repair their old polytunnel so they can continue growing organic vegetables.

Tina Cinnamond, of the Friends, said: “It’s a small amount of money but makes a big, big difference because we are all volunteers. We’re very environmentally conscious as a group and the grant gives us funding to pursue some of our ideas.”

Press Release

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