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News round-up 20/11

Pope’s toxic waste concern; London recycling drops; Yorkshire recycling disparity; Surrey waste objections; Swiss UK investment

Pope concern over mafia waste dumps

Pope Francis has expressed his concern for children who are dying of cancer and leukaemia, allegedly caused by toxic waste burnt by the mafia.

The Pope called the mobile phone of a nun, identified only as Sister Teresa, as she was in the middle of teaching a classroom of children in the town of Casal di Principe, a stronghold of the Camorra mafia near Naples.

The nun had written to Pope Francis about the problem in an area known locally as the ‘Land of Fires’.

Recycling rates drop in almost half of London boroughs as incineration soars

According to annual data published by Defra out of 33 London councils, 15 recycled or composted less in 2012/13 compared to the previous year. The four boroughs with the greatest reductions belong to the Western Riverside Waste Authority. Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea recorded reductions of 7% per cent, followed by Lambeth and Wandsworth councils with 5% reductions.

The Belvedere energy from waste plant in Bexley went into operation in 2012 and incinerates black bag waste from these four London boroughs.

Recycling league competition between Kirklees and Calderdale

Kirklees Council has been named as one of the worst at recycling in Yorkshire while neighbouring authority, Calderdale Council, was named as the best. Calderdale recycled double the amount of their near neighbours in Kirklees.

Kirklees is now rated as 20th out of 22 Yorkshire councils with just 32.6% of its waste being recycled. Top of the table Calderdale recycles nearly 61% of general waste – one of only nine local authorities in England to do so.

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “Although our recycling rate in Kirklees is lower than many, for each of the last three years our overall diversion of waste away from landfill has been the highest of any council in the Yorkshire and Humber region.”

Local objection to Surrey waste plan

A total of 2,500 people have signed a petition against the Weylands treatment works plan for a 10.74-hectare site on green belt land. The plans were submitted by Clean Power Properties Ltd and Bridge Court Holdings Ltd.

The application is for an autoclave and anaerobic digestion facility with a 25-metre stack, four digestion tanks, a 4m stack, 16 parking spaces and a restoration area as well as a recycling facility, construction and demolition waste recycling area and a skip hire facility.

LRS helping Swiss firms to invest in UK recycling

Swiss businesses are being encouraged to invest in the UK recycling and resource sector with the assistance of consultancy LRS.

LRS has become a Certified Expert for Switzerland Global Enterprise and has been working with the Swiss Business Hub to encourage export and investment into the UK. It has produced a market review for the Swiss market and presented at a waste management event in Zurich.


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