Locchead keeps environment brief; Funding for waste prevention; Ireland landfill rates; Plant expansion opposed
Lochhead keeps environment brief
Richard Lochhead, above, has kept his position of Scottish environment secretary after a reshuffle of Scotland’s senior ministerial team.
Lochhead has been in post since the SNP came to power in 2007. He has introduced ambitious recycling targets and separate collection requirements as part of the Zero Waste Plan.
Second phase of Waste Prevention Fund launched
WRAP has opened the second phase of the Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund, a Defra-backed £800,000 scheme that aims to generate more action to prevent waste.
The second round runs until 6 February. It is open to projects that can demonstrate high levels of innovation, for example “new in the world”.
The maximum amount of funding available per project is £50,000. More information is available here.
Ireland sends less waste to landfill
The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published data showing Ireland is sending less waste to landfill and recovering more for energy.
There was a 37% decrease in household waste disposed to landfill in 2013 compared to 2012, and the recovery (a mix of recycling and other recovery) rate increased.
The EPA says this is linked to the increase in the landfill levy and the availability of more energy-from-waste outlets, including abroad.
Recycling plant expansion opposed
Local councillors have opposed the expansion of a recycling plant in Thornton.
Lancashire Waste Recycling has applied to Lancashire County Council to increase the waste company’s hours and also operate on Sundays in a seven-day week schedule.
But Fleetwood Town Council members have complained there are already problems with smells, noise and industrial litter. They want the Environment Agency to increase its scrutiny on the plant.