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News round-up 21/1

Recycling firm H&S fine; oil recycler’s warning; RWE Innogy sheds biomass; recycling site uses CCTV; Birminham airport food waste

Recycling firm fined after man seriously injured at recycling plant

A Devon company has been fined after a man was seriously injured by a reversing vehicle at a recycling centre in Exeter.

Exeter magistrates court heard on 20 January that Leases Limited hired the telehandler in September 2012, but did not have it fitted with a reversing camera. This failure to ensure that the driver’s direct field of vision was adequate seriously compromised safety.

On 4 October Marvon Van Rijk and four other pedestrian workers were sorting through recycling waste at the company’s site at Matford Business Park in Exeter when he was hit by the reversing telehandler. He suffered serious and life threatening leg injuries, requiring immediate emergency surgery and ongoing surgical treatment.

Oil recycler urges caterers to avoid fines

Olleco, Scotland’s used cooking oil collector, is urging businesses avoid falling foul of a criminal conviction and up to a £10,000 if they have ‘no reasonable excuse’ for not complying with the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations.

The firm, which specialises in collecting organics waste, said that this change is an opportunity for kitchens to realise “potentially huge cost savings”, including reducing their waste collection charges by up to £500 alone.

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RWE insists Lynemouth biomass conversion plans still on track

Energy giant RWE has denied reports it is putting up the “for sale” sign on its Lynemouth plant in Northumberland, despite its renewable energy division exiting the biomass market.

Paul Coffey, RWE Innogy chief operating officer, told reporters yesterday that the unit was ditching its biomass arm, and would be seeking to sell off its four plants in Germany, Italy, the UK and Georgia, US over the next two years.

“Biomass has become a bit of a casualty of the economic situation,” he said.

Swansea recycling sites to use CCTV

Swansea is to monitor how often people use the council’s recycling sites and improve security by installing CCTV.

From March this year, CCTV will enable an automatic number plate recognition system to monitor how often people visit the council’s five sites.

MITIE and Birmingham Airport partnership recycles over 70 tonnes of food waste

Outsourcing and energy services company MITIE has set up a permanent food waste recycling scheme in partnership with Birmingham Airport.

Over 70 tonnes of food waste has been segregated onsite and recycled, while producing renewable energy off site.

Birmingham Airport, the UK’s third largest airport outside London, saw an opportunity to divert food waste from other waste streams to increase recycling and prevent contamination of recyclable materials.

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