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News round-up 20/1

Bioeconomy Roadmap progess; Fire cause ‘unknown’; SCS tranforms to PPS; Review of waste spreading

‘Good progress’ on Bioeconomy Roadmap

Resource minister Dan Rogerson has said “good progress is being made” on the Waste to Bioeconomy Roadmap.

Speaking in the Houses of Parliament, Rogerson said Defra is working closely with BIS on developing the roadmap and aims to publish it in March this year.

He added that WRAP, with funding from Defra, has supported local authority trials of separate weekly food waste collection for either in-vessel composting or anaerobic digestion and is updating its guidance on collecting food waste to be published in late spring this year.


Cause of Think Green site fire unknown

The cause of the fire at the Think Green Recycling site in Wollaston remains unknown, according to the site owners.

An investigation into the cause of the fire by Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue service is ongoing.

About 60 firefighters attended the blaze, which involved about 80 tonnes of plastic material. Crews from Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire also attended the site.


Swindon Commercial Services transforms to PPS

Swindon Commercial Services (SCS), a wholly owned company of Swindon Borough Council, has been renamed Public Power Solutions (PPS) to reflect its new UK-wide role as a provider of power and waste solutions for local authorities and the public sector.

PPS claims to be the only large-scale solar farm developer in the public sector. It also runs the UK’s only Solid Recovered Fuel plant based on Municipal Solid Waste at its recycling centre in Swindon.

It now aims to roll out its expertise to help other public sector organisations in the UK with their waste processing and renewable power production projects.

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Review of waste spreading

A formal review of the legislation and guidance in relation to sewage sludge use on land has been commissioned by Scottish environment secretary Richard Lochhead.

The review will be conducted by the Scottish government and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to ensure guidance provides greater clarity and understanding of good practice. It will take place over the coming months and involve stakeholders including Scottish Water, local authorities and the waste management industry.

Lochhead said: “Over the last year a number of public complaints have been made. In light of that I have commissioned a review of legislation and guidance to determine what is and isn’t acceptable.”

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