BPF management change; Southampton food waste push; Essex garden waste row; illegal waste burning; Bradford waste sites u-turn
Management change at BPF
Philip Law, director general designate of the British Plastic Federation (BPF), has announced a new management line up for the organisation.
Current director general, Peter Davis and finance and administration director Alan Davey are to retire in mid-2014.
Darren Muir has been appointed as the new finance and administration director and will begin on 1 March.
Stephen Hunt, currently BPF’s business development manager, has been appointed membership services director. Sarah Plant, has been promoted to public and industrial affairs manager.
Supermarket food waste push
Hundreds of tonnes of unwanted food from supermarkets will be used to tackle poverty in Southampton.
Southampton City Council and a local charity have teamed up to launch the Co-ordinated Re-Use Makes Business Sense (CRUMBS) project.
They said the scheme, which has been backed by city MP Alan Whitehead, will also boost small businesses in the city and create 50 jobs and volunteering posts.
The council and charity Southampton City and Region Action to Combat Hardship (SCRATCH) won £335,000 funding through the South England European Regional Development Fund to kickstart the scheme.
Essex garden waste row
A decision by Tendring District Council to charge residents £50 a year to collect green waste from outside their homes has been condemned as “principally unfair”.
Ivan Henderson, leader of the Labour opposition, criticised council bosses for turning down the chance to offer a free green bin collection scheme
The authority is the only district in Essex which does not offer a household garden waste collection service.
Lincolnshire firm fined for illegally burning waste
Wrawby Services Ltd in Brigg has been prosecuted by North Lincolnshire Council for illegally burning waste on their site causing air pollution.
The company was found guilty on 28 January at Scunthorpe Magistrates Court under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for the disposal of waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment. It was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay further costs of £2,129.50 and a victim surcharge of £250.
Bradford waste tips reduced hours plan scrapped
Plans to cut the opening hours of tips across Bradford to save cash have been scrapped, following public consultation on the council’s budget.
The authority, which runs eight household waste recycling centres, had proposed reduced opening times in an attempt to save £200,000.
Other changes to the draft budget include potential losses of 656 full-time posts instead of 696.