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News round-up 19/3

Viridor contract; Biossence Wirral plans; card recycling for charity; waste sites under pressure

Viridor in line for Plymouth contract

Plymouth City Council is expected to approve Viridor Waste Management Ltd as preferred bidder for a contract to build and operate a replacement MRF.

Council staff will transfer to the new operator, under a proposal expected to be agreed by the council’s cabinet commitee.

The new MRF will be able to handle glass, so kerbside glass collections will be rolled out across the city.

Biossence EfW plans for Wirral

Proposals for a £180m energy-from-waste centre in south Wirral have been lodged with the local authority.

Some local residents have already raised concerns about Biossence’s proposed Hooton Park Sustainable Energy Facility.

The company originally received planning permission for a renewable energy facility in 2009 but says it wants to change the scheme to use a more advanced “gasification” technology.

Recycling scheme proceeds to forests charity

Minister for civil society Nick Hurd today presented charity the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC UK) with a cheque for more than £9,000 resulting from a Christmas card recycling scheme run by Sainsbury’s.

Collection points in Cabinet Office, the Defra and the Department for International Development, contributed to the total of over two million Christmas cards recycled by the supermarket this year, reducing the amount of paper going to landfill.

Waste sites ‘unable to cope’

More than half of Hertfordshire County Council’s household waste sites including St Albans and Harpenden were closed over the weekend because of strains to the network.

Liberal Democrat county councillor Sandy Walkington said “there is a real threat Hertfordshire will become fly tip heaven” after sites were partially and fully closed because they were unable to cope with waste demand from residents.

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