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News round-up 22/1

Falkirk three-weekly collections; Viridor Lanarkshire contract; Flintshire recycling centre; Award for Lamp Recycling Company

Falkirk switches to three weekly collections

The final phase of Falkirk Council’s move to three weekly collections of residual waste starts at the beginning of March 2015 with more than 25,000 properties across three areas being included.

Properties in Grangemouth, Falkirk and the Lower Braes will mark the successful completion of the initiative started in 2014.

Falkirk Council was the first UK local authority to introduce the service that has led to a reduction of around 400 tonnes of material sent to landfill per month compared to same period prior to the change.

If this result was replicated across the Falkirk Council area, around 9,000 tonnes of landfill material would be diverted to recycling representing a potential saving of £385,000 a year.

CIWM Journal

Viridor retains South Lanarkshire contract

Viridor has confirmed that it has retained its waste contract with South Lanarkshire to handle waste across council offices and depots, schools, libraries, day care and community centres.

The award by South Lanarkshire Council, to ensure the authority’s estate meets resource and recycling objectives defined by the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, will see the company provide essential mixed recycling, food and residual waste services to some 355 premises.

Press Release

New Flintshire recycling centre

A new household recycling site on Prince William Avenue in Sandycroft will be launched on Monday.

Residents will be able to recycle and dispose of a variety of waste at the facility including household and garden waste, cardboard, glass, plastic, cans, textiles, shoes and electrical goods including fridges.

Leaders of Flintshire County Council said the new facility was specially designed to make it easier for residents to “do their bit for the planet”.

Daily Post

Lamp Recycling Company wins award

The Lamp Recycling Company, a division of ERG, has been recognised as one of the top 20 collection points by Recolight, achieving Gold Status for the collection of disused tubes and bulbs from customers across the UK.

The company estimated that some 100 million fluorescent tubes and light bulbs are in circulation in the UK, but only 35 - 40% are currently being collected and recycled.

Press Release

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