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News round-up 19/2

Unilever partners with Greenredeem; Welsh recycling rates; Truck crash death; Eunomia assess Balkans’ waste strategy

Unilever and Greenredeem join forces

Unilever UK and Greenredeem, the company that rewards people for everyday green actions, has today announced a new partnership aimed to increase recycling rates and drive sustainable actions.

The partnership aims to support partner charities and to motivate members through rewards from the Unilever stable of household brands, with the goal of driving recycling rates towards the EU target of a 50% recycling rate by 2020.

Press Release

Welsh residents urged to continue recycling

Wales’ reuse and composting rates reached 58% between July and September last year. 

Minister for natural resources, Carl Sargeant, said: “I want to thank households and councils in Wales for their continued efforts and commitment to recycling. 

“It’s important, however, that we are not complacent. Whilst our waste strategy is bearing fruit, it is clear that certain councils are performing better than others. There should be no excuses, we should all strive to do more and continue to improve in order to build on our recent recycling success and ensure Wales continues to rank among the best in Europe in terms of recycling.”

Press Release

Refuse worker dies in truck crash

A man has been arrested after a refuse collector travelling in a bin lorry died following a “horrific” crash with a heavy goods vehicle in Essex.

The man, who was in his 30s, died at the scene. Two other people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

A 40-year-old from Grays was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently being questioned by police.

A Thurrock Council spokesman described the crash as a “tragic incident” and a “horrific event”.

BBC News

Eunomia to assess waste management in the Balkans

A consortium led by Eunomia has been awarded a major contract by DG Environment to advise on the quality of waste management and law, and on the pattern of its implementation, in the Western Balkans.

Six countries will be covered by the work: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro and Serbia. The work will also consider the potential for regional cooperation in respect of the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

Tim Elliott, senior consultant and project manager at Eunomia, said: “The extent of the transformation required is likely to be considerable, and over the next two years, we’ll be looking to understand what approaches are most likely to work in the local context.

“For each country, following workshops to discuss draft proposals, a roadmap to improved waste management will be developed.”

Press Release

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