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News round up 20/12

Can recycling up; VEKA investment; council fined; brown bin charge; FCC grants

European aluminium can recycling rate rises

The overall recycling rate for aluminium cans in Europe has risen by 2.4% to 68%.

Latest data for the EU countries plus European Free Trade Area countries and Turkey in 2011 shows that 25 billion cans are recycled in Europe annually, representing 365,000 tonnes of recycled aluminium.

VEKA Recycling £1m extrusion investment

VEKA Recycling Ltd is closing the recycling loop in the UK with investment in its UK facility to produce high-quality recyclate suitable for a wide range of new PVC-U extruded products.

A new compounding line installed at its Kent site enables VEKA Recycling, an accredited Recovinyl recycler, to supply UK and European markets with PVC-U pellet derived from post-industrial or post-consumer window frame material. This is in addition to the existing supplies of both pellet and micronised PVC-U (pulver) from its German and French factories.

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Council fined after worker injured

South Lanarkshire Council has been fined after a driver suffered severe abdominal crush injuries when he was trapped between the lifting hoist and the side of a refuse vehicle.

Derek Maitland, 37, of Castlemilk, Glasgow, required extensive surgery to repair damaged arteries and had to most of his colon and small bowel removed following the incident in Glen Turret, East Kilbride, on 13 January 2011.

He can no longer eat and digest food as normal and requires to be fed intravenously. However, in spite of these serious and life changing injuries, he has returned to  work.

Tories claim waste charge not wanted

A target for signing people up to Derby City Council’s new paid-for garden waste collection service is set to be missed by a distance, the authority’s Tory opposition group has claimed.

Councillor Chris Poulter, shadow cabinet member for neighbourhoods, told councillors at a full council meeting last night that 97% of the city’s households were yet to sign up.

After the meeting he said that, so far, 3,174 of the city’s around 105,000 households had agreed to pay.

Low take up of FCC grants

Communities living near a waste site in Bucks are missing out on thousands of pounds in funding, according to not-for-profit environmental body WREN.

WREN distributes grants worth between £2,000 and £75,000 to community projects on behalf of FCC Environment, which operates a landfill site at Calvert and is also building an incinerator in the village.

The money is available to places within 10 miles of the site and comes from donations by FCC Environment as part of a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme called the Landfill Communities Fund.

WREN says a number of projects in Bucks have failed to benefit from this funding because although they are eligible, insufficient evidence has been collected to demonstrate the need for the service or facility in the local area.

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