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News round-up 19/9

CPI disputes Pickles’ weekly collections call; Eunomia to research AD output; Grand Central Stockport celebrates 85% recycling; Council to investigate Averies fire

CPI disputes Pickles’ weekly collections call

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) “vehemently opposes” Eris Pickles’ stance on weekly collections.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) made a keynote speech at the RWM with CIWM show in Birmingham.

CPI’s recovered paper sector manager, Stuart Pohler, said: “Widespread evidence suggests that councils offering reduced refuse collection frequency, alongside good recycling collection systems, can reward taxpayers with higher recycling rates, reduced waste disposal costs and income from the sale of good quality recyclable materials such as paper.

“Weekly refuse collection just doesn’t make sense, particularly once food waste is collected separately.”

Press Release

Eunomia to research AD output

Eunomia is carrying out research on the options available to optimise the outputs from anaerobic digestion.

The WRAP-funded project, which is led by consultancy Aqua Enviro, involves a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) to scan the existing knowledge on new process and product technologies.

Eunomia will structure the research methodology under the REA framework, and design the outputs with the purpose of providing a clear analysis of the potential of the various process and product-driven options.

This builds on a previous study undertaken by Eunomia on behalf of WRAP, which examined a range of digestate treatment options in Wales.

Press Release

Grand Central Stockport celebrates 85% recycling

Retail and leisure complex Grand Central Stockport (photo above) has gone from no recycling to more than 85% since B&M Waste Services was appointed to lead a major waste management initiative.

In 2013, Grand Central recycled 85.7% pf its waste, saving 42,796kg of carbon in the process – the equivalent of 36 trees or more than 9,000 car miles.

Susan O’Brien, building manager for Grand Central, said: “We had a very clear objective to ensure that we were doing everything we could to protect the environment and promote sustainability. As soon as we began talking with B&M, it was clear that they would be the ideal partner to help us achieve our goals and, together, we worked to engage fully with our tenants.”

Press Release

Council to investigate Averies fire

Councillors in Swindon have voted to launch an investigation into the fire at Averies Recycling, which burned for two months.

The BBC reports that Swindon Borough Council said it was important to “look at what went on”.

David Renard, leader of Swindon Borough Council, said: “The Environment Agency licences these premises and they’re the ones responsible for monitoring them, but it’s too early to say who did what or didn’t do what.”


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