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News round-up 19/12

Sheffield strike on hold; Cumbrian waste fire; London firm’s safety award; Wales food waste Christmas message

Sheffield waste strike suspension continues

The suspension of a strike at Sheffield’s household waste recycling centres has been extended again to cover the Christmas period.

The five sites across the city will now continue to operate as usual until 12 January, council contractor Veolia has confirmed.

Staff at sub-contractor The Green Company walked out in a series of strikes over pay, conditions and alleged bullying earlier this year.

Further talks will now take place with union GMB.

The Star

Fire in Cumbrian waste management plant

Firefighters put out a blaze in the refinement area of Rockcliffe’s Shanks Waste Management plant in the early hours of this morning.

They received the call at 3am and were at the site - on the Northern Resource Park, Hespin Wood - until 4.45am.

The fire involved a belt in a shredding unit. One crew member who went to the scene said the fire was not serious but had been difficult to locate.

A spokeswoman for Shanks said the plant was operating as normal today.

News and Star

Safety accreditation for waste company

London waste management company, O’Donovan Waste Disposal has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a third party accreditation scheme which recognises high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Employing more than 100 people, O’Donovan Waste Disposal specialises in construction and demolition waste and has a turnover of more than £10m.

Press release

Wales issues food waste reminder

Carl Sargeant

Welsh minister for natural resources Carl Sargeant has issued a food recycling reminder in the run-up to Christmas. 

He said: “Food that has gone to waste doesn’t just hurt us in our pockets, but has an environmental impact as well.

“Planning meals and food shops at Christmas can help you to save money, and the Love Food, Hate Waste website provides plenty of good ideas for using up leftovers.”

Press release

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