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News round-up 21/10

LME criticised; ‘Terminator’ to restart; talking litter bins; Nestlé zero waste

LME metals warehousing criticised

Aluminium producer Alcoa has blamed the London Metal Exchange (LME) for excessive queues at LME-registered warehouses, according to the Financial Times. A letter seen by the paper from Alcoa to the Financial Conduct Authority accused the LME of “exceeding the proper authority of an exchange”.

‘Terminator’ waste machine to restart

A £42m mechanical biological treatment plant in Cambridgeshire known as ‘the Terminator’ that has been out of action will be fixed by the end of the year. The machine at Waterbeach run by AmeyCespa broke in September 2012 when when a 105ft steel beam snapped.

Talking litter bins help to tackle the fast food litter issue

Talking litter bins developed by UK company Amberol are being used by an increasing number of councils to improve litter collection in public areas. The bins are programmed to respond with a series of messages such as “yum yum, feed me more” in an attempt to encourage children not to drop litter.

Nestlé makes zero waste pledge

Food giant Nestlé has announced all of its 150 European factories will become zero waste sites by 2020. This means no factory waste will go to landfill or be incinerated without energy being recovered from the process. Currently more than half of the company’s UK and Ireland sites send no waste to landfill

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