Tory chairman opposes local Veolia challenge; Viridor celebrates safety landmark; Paper crumb to plastic; Dinosaurs at Sita UK
Conservative chairman opposes local Veolia challenge
The chairman of the Conservative party Grant Shapps has written to communities secretary Eric Pickles to urge him to oppose Veolia’s plans for a new incinerator in his Welwyn Hatfield constituency.
Pickles turned down the plans in July on the grounds that the development would encroach green belt land. However, Veolia has since launched an appeal into the decision, claiming that the law was misapplied.
Shapps said: “I’m very disappointed that Veolia has decided to challenge this decision in the High Court. As well as writing to the Secretary of State to urge him to challenge this appeal, I’ve requested a copy of the legal documents to see what grounds Veolia maintain they have for appealing this decision.”
Viridor celebrates safety landmark
Viridor and its construction partners – B&W Volund, Interserve and Fichtner – have celebrated reaching 100,000 man-hours without time lost to accidents or injury during the construction of the Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility.
To mark the achievement, the company has donated £1,000 to the Sue Ryder Foundation appeal to build a new hospice at Thorpe Hall, in Peterborough.
Viridor’s regional operations manager Paul Rowland said: “I’m really proud of this achievement and that we can contribute to the wonderful care the Sue Ryder Foundation provides.”
Paper crumb to plastic
Norfolk-based Network Waste has been working with the Adapt Low Carbon Group at the University of East Anglia on a ground-breaking approach to sustainable waste management which could lead to paper waste being turned into bio-plastic.
The project involves paper crumb – the waste from milling - and is in co-operation with a Network Waste customer that produces up to 7,000 tonnes of crumb per year at its mill.
Network Waste national account manager Stuart Towler said: “We are a business which is always trying to find practical solutions for our customers in waste management and we are always looking for something innovative.”
Dinosaurs at Sita UK
Sita UK hosted an artists in residence event at its visitor centre in Bodmin in July. Using scrap materials from local household waste recycling centres, artists began making dinosaur-themed sculptures for visiting schoolchildren.
The artists then completed the work off-site and are now exhibiting some of their creations at the Eden Project.
Sita UK’s Cornwall-based education and community officer Lorena Clavijo says: “This is a really exciting project, giving visiting schoolchildren an extra experience when they come to our materials recycling facility in Bodmin. Seeing artists working first hand will really help to foster their interest in recycling and ignite their imagination about the possibilities of using waste in a creative way.”