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News round-up 2/10

EA and councils get new waste crime powers; ReFood launches ReGrow; RWM announces waste qualification winner; REA calls for climate leadership

EA and councils get new waste crime powers

The Environment Agency (EA) and local authorities have been given new powers to deal with vehicles suspected of being involved in flytipping and waste crime.

New regulations came into effect on 1 October that allow the EA and councils to seize vehicles they believe are involved in illegal waste activities.

The regulations have been introduced to reduce the burden of waste crime on businesses, other organisations and individuals.

ReFood launches ReGrow

Anaerobic digestion company ReFood has launched its new fertiliser, ReGrow, which is made from food waste.

The company claims that the new fertiliser will “close the cycle” for food waste and contains high levels of key growth nutrients for crops.

ReFood’s commercial director Philip Simpson said: “The trials that we’ve conducted over the last two years have demonstrated that the product can produce real benefits. The fact that ReGrow ensures that the good nutrients found in the food we waste end up back in the land, rather than rotting in a landfill site, makes using ReGrow a win-win.”

CIWM Journal

REA calls for climate leadership

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called on David Cameron to show leadership on climate change and renewables at the European Council.

James Court, head of public affairs at the REA, said: “If the Prime Minister wants Britain to lead the world in climate change, we need that to start that at home. The UK is currently third from bottom in the EU for renewable generation and faces a huge challenge in meeting our 2020 electric, heat and transport targets. 

“Whoever forms the next government will have a lot of work to do in meeting those obligations, but more immediately the PM will have an opportunity to shape our energy future at the next European Council. We hope his actions match his rhetoric.”

Court spoke after David Cameron said the UK was “leading, not following, on climate change”

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RWM announces waste qualification winner

Sharon Parsons, waste implementation manager at B&Q, has won a fully funded post graduate qualification in resource management from the University of Northampton, worth more than £2,000.

The qualification will be funded by RWM in partnership with CIWM after a panel of waste experts and RWM representatives made the decision to award the prize to Parsons.

Russell Bacon, portfolio director for the environment events at i2i, which includes RWM in partnership with CIWM, said: “Sharon stood out as the clear winner in what proved to be a popular competition. Her passion and experience in improving resource management approaches stood out and she’s made some incredible gains and established some impressive initiatives during her eight years at B&Q. “

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