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News round-up 21/3

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.

Ulster Unionist MLA, Tom Elliott raised the issue of the dumping of illegal waste in Fermanagh-south Tyrone, and said the problem must be addressed.

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.

Press release

Dorset Waste Partnership still collecting ship’s cargo

Items from a cargo ship that washed overboard last month are continuing to wash up onto Dorset beaches.

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

Residents have said East Ayrshire Council’s new appointments system for getting rid of waste has backfired.

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.

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