Barking and Dagenham warn over collection abuse; Support for marine litter in Scotland; Veolia’s all-seeing system; Pretoria Energy Company fined £20k
Barking and Dagenham warn over abuse
Barking and Dagenham Council has issued a warning to residents who abuse or threaten refuse collectors.
Incidents have occurred where residents have been angered because general side waste left out with recycling has not been taken by binmen, or wheelie bins have been left in the wrong place.
Cllr Lynda Rice, cabinet member for environment, said: “The majority of residents follow our guidelines and leave their wheelie bins on the boundary of their property but unfortunately there are a few who do not leave their bins in the correct place.
“Some residents leave general side waste and as it states in our guidelines this will not be collected unless it’s recyclable in clear plastic bags. The correct presentation of waste helps residents to take responsibility for their homes and their surroundings.”
Support for marine litter scheme in Scotland
Zero Waste Scotland has spoken of the urgent need to tackle litter and fly-tipping around the sea and coastal communities.
The organisation spoke as the country launched a new policy, A Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland, which was developed in parallel with the National Litter Strategy.
Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Our research shows the direct cost of litter and flytipping is £53m a year, on clean-up and education and prevention measures, with a further £24m of indirect costs, including the impact on neighbourhoods, property values, wildlife and the environment.
“There’s a direct link between us dumping litter on land and what ends up clogging up our seas, endangering our wildlife, and damaging our beaches and coastal areas. This is not acceptable and Zero Waste Scotland, together with partners and communities, is working to tackle this problem which all of us have the power to do something about, right now.”
Veolia’s all-seeing system
Veolia has installed a new video system to monitor its waste management operations in Central London.
The new system, supplied by SphereVision 360, is fitted onto a car equipped with video recording capabilities and data processing software, so that the company can monitor overflowing bins or uncollected rubbish.
Analysts will also be able to view footage to help identify trends and problems like bins being put out too late.
Tim Cattermoul, Veolia’s Central London business performance manager, said: “We liken the experience to being a tourist on an open top bus – we can see exactly what they would see, and can sort out problems quickly and efficiently.”
Pretoria Energy Company fined £20k
A judge has fined Pretoria Energy Company £10,000 and ordered them to pay £10,000 in costs and a £200 victim surcharge after polluting two tributaries of the River Cam at Waterbeach.
The company had been storing maize for anaerobic digestion at Waterbeach Barracks Airfields but silage effluent, a corrosive liquid produced the fermentation period, leaked into drains and entered the two rivers.
Environment Agency (EA) officer Mr Euan Simpson said: “This was a significant pollution over a prolonged period of time.
“The incident demonstrates the highly polluting nature of silage effluent and could have been avoided had the company contacted the EA first to discuss appropriate silage storage requirements.”