NI illegal waste clash; zero landfill initiative bankrolled; Dorset flotsam; Scottish appointment system; Edinburgh timed collections
NI clash over illegal waste
Northern Ireland environment minister Mark H Durkan has been urged to do more to takle illegal waste dumping.
Elliott told the NI Assembly that widespread dumping of waste has been going for years throughout the province but has become a particular problem in his own constituency.
He said: “Coming from Fermanagh and South Tyrone, I know only too well the cost to the environment and to the community of huge amounts of waste material being dumped illegally.”
Berkshire waste management firm’s landfill initiative
An Ascot-based waste management company, Shorts Group Ltd, has taken a step towards sending 0% of its rubbish to landfill, thanks to the support of Lloyds Bank.
After agreeing a six-figure hire purchase facility, the firm has invested in a new recycling line that will send only 5% of its rubbish to landfill.
It is now expecting to take on new contracts in all sectors and give clients the confidence that their waste is being recycled efficiently while being kind to the environment.
Dorset Waste Partnership still collecting ship’s cargo
Cigarettes, pet food, sachets of tea, packets of feta cheese and olives are just some of the items that have been found.
The cargo was separated from the Svenborg Maersk containership during storms in the Bay of Biscay.
Scottish residents criticise waste appointment systsem
Officials brought in the new appointment system six months ago in a bid to tackle the problem of businesses using Western Road to dispose of commercial waste without paying for a permit.
But reports of increased fly-tipping at an area of land at Knockinlaw Mount have raised local concerns.
Edinburgh timed waste collections
Edinburgh City Council has introduced a pilot scheme for timed waste collections from businesses in Rose Street in January this year, partly in response to the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations.
It is similar to schemes introduced in Westminster and Manchester, where businesses must keep their rubbish indoors until a certain time when their waste may be put out for collection.