Edinburgh firm fined £4,000; Unilever zero waste claim; Fife Council to save £1.2m; Fly-tipping photo evidence
Edinburgh waste management firm fined £4,000
An Edinburgh waste management firm has been fined £4,000 at Edinburgh Sherriff Court on 29 January after pleading guilty to breaching waste management licence conditions for dust and water storage at Eldin Industrial Estate in Midlothian.
Caledonian Industrial, then trading as Caleco Waste, pleaded guilty to failing to carry out water spraying of stockpiles containing dry, crushed and screened waste materials in order to prevent particulate emissions to air, and also having stockpiles of waste exceeding three metres in height.
The breaches of licence were investigated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
Unilever claims zero waste to landfill in factories
Unilever has achieved sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from its global factory network, the company claims.
More than 240 factories in 67 countries making products for brands such as Magnum, Knorr, Dove and Domestos have now eliminated landfill waste.
Unilever said this avoids €200m (£151m) in costs and creates hundreds of jobs.
Unilever aims to double the size of its business while reducing its environmental impact
MRW analysed companies claiming to have achieved zero waste targets last year.
New company to save council £1.2m
A new company set up by Fife Council to provide waste and consultancy services is on track to save the council over £1.2m in its first year.
Resource Efficient Solutions LLP began trading on 1 April 2014 and was established by Fife Council to provide services to the council, other public bodies and the wider business community both in Fife and beyond.
Councillor John Wincott, who is chairman of the company, said: “[The savings] are down to the development of new income streams and driving down costs in key areas. The overall performance is even more pleasing given the very challenging trading conditions that we have experienced in some areas this year. This result is a testament to the outstanding work of all of our employees whose knowledge of the industry and hard work have given the company an excellent first year.”
Council uses photos to prosecute two fly-tippers
Two separate prosecutions have been brought against fly-tippers who each dumped rubbish in open spaces. Banbury Town Council’s employees used photographic evidence to support the prosecution’s case.
At Banbury Magistrates’ Court on 27 January Peter Horsler of Brackley pleaded guilty to unlawfully depositing controlled waste. He was fined £335, ordered to pay £34 victim surcharge, £50 prosecution costs and £50 clear up costs.
Two days later in a separate hearing at the same court, Nicola Temple of Causeway, Banbury pleaded guilty to fly-tipping a quantity of rubbish. Magistrates fined her £110, ordered her to pay £20 victim surcharge, £125 legal costs and £347 clean-up costs.