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News round-up 2/9

Edinburgh aims for recycling boost; Weltec Biopower wins Dorset AD work; Tulip commits to WRAP initiative; Irish minister to propose waste wage structure

Edinburgh aims for recycling boost

Edinburgh is launching a new recycling service for more than 140,000 homes in the city in an attempt to improve its recycling rate.

The city currently recycles 40% of its waste and it is hoped the new collection scheme will help drive that number to 50% by 2020 and then 70% by 2025.

The new collection service will give residents the opportunity to recycle items including tins, cans, paper,cardboard, envelopes, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays and food waste.

Environment Convener, Cllr Lesley Hinds, said: “We are rolling out the new recycling service in phases to ensure we get it right, learning as we go, and will be making every effort to help people to adjust to the changes.”

Press Release

Weltec Biopower wins Dorset AD work

Eco Sustainable Solutions has contracted Weltec Biopower to extend the capacity at its anaerobic digestion plant in Piddlehinton, Dorset.

Welttec Biopower built the plant in 2012 and will add an extra 1.1MW to that capacity by the end of this autumn.

After the extension, approximately 37,000 tpa of food waste will generate an electrical output of 1.6MW.

Press Release

Tulip commits to WRAP initiative

Meat processor Tulip is to switch from PVC packaging to PET materials next year as part of its commitment to WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 3.

Tulip’s corporate responsibility manager Andrew Wright said: “As a business we want to be leading from the front in this increasingly important area by working in partnership to address waste at all points along the supply chain. Partnering with WRAP gives us a great opportunity to help play a role in setting the standards for the UK’s food manufacturing sector.”

The company’s brands include Danepak, Stagg Chili and Spam.

Press Release

Irish minister to propose waste wage structure

The Irish Government is proposing the establishment of a new statutory wage-setting mechanism to determine terms and conditions in the waste management sector.

The move comes as a dispute at the Greyhound waste company over proposed pay cuts enters its third month.

The Irish Times reports that Minister of State in the Department of Jobs Ged Nash is to ask the Labour Court to look into establishing a committee for the waste management sector.

Irish Times

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