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News round-up 21/7

Food surplus programme in community stores; Residents consulted over three-weekly collection; Keenan Recycling expanding; No end for weekly collections in Arun

Food surplus programme in community stores

Community Shop is partnering with the charity FoodCycle to launch hubs to feed under privileged people using surplus food.

Community Shop runs “social supermarkets” for people on welfare support in two locations - Lambeth, South London and Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire.

The low-cost supermarkets are stocked with surplus food from leading retailers and brands, including Marks and Spencer, Asda, Tesco and Morrisons.

The new programme will see volunteers cook three-course meals for vulnerable people (see photo) in these locations using food provided by FoodCycle which can be accessed by existing Community Shop members.

Press release

Residents consulted over three-weekly collection

Harborough district residents have until mid-August to share their views on the future of bin collections, recycling, street cleaning and grounds maintenance.

No decisions have been made by Harborough District Council on how the service may operate in the future. A consultation is currently underway with residents to seek their views on possible options for the future delivery of the service.

The district council is facing financial challenges due to decreasing income from recycling compared to previous years, and is reviewing the cost of its environmental contract.

Press release

Keenan Recycling expanding

Organic waste recycler Keenan Recycling has opened a new office in Linlithgow to meet demand across the central belt area in Scotland.

The Aberdeenshire-based company has also invested £700,000 in a fleet of six lorries as it looks to expand its reach into the central belt.

Keenan Recycling says it has secured food waste collections from around 600 businesses in Glasgow and Edinburgh, which it expects will grow to more than 1,000 within two months of the service being rolled out.

Daily Record

No end for weekly collections in Arun

A cost-saving proposal to scrap weekly rubbish collections in Arun, West Sussex, has been dismissed by councillors.

Arun District Council’s cabinet voted to keep weekly collections after the current contract with Biffa expires in 2017.

Officers had recommended a move to alternate weekly waste collections, in a bid to save an estimated £448,000 per year on current service costs.

Littlehampton Gazette

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