Brighton’s recycling drops; residents rebel over recycling site; scrap firm fined; Queen’s Awards announced
Brighton recycling drops to 25%
A Brighton and Hove City Council report has found that the authority’s recycling rate has fallen to 25%.
The council is considering an incentive scheme, with increases in recycling rates rewarded with grants to community groups.
The proposed incentive scheme involves setting up a community fund where money is added as recycling rates rise.
The council is also considering adding £15 to the fund for every extra tonne of recycling collected.
Call for Stoke-on-Trent recycling site to be closed
Residents in Milton are calling for a recycling collection centre to be closed after it was told to remove excess waste.
The centre at Milton, Stoke-on-Trent, is licensed to hold about 500 tonnes of recyclable waste, but last December the Environment Agency estimated there were about 6,000 tonnes.
The agency wants excess waste gone by July and said progress has been made.
Owner Hanbury Plastics Recycling Ltd (HPR) said it was applying to increase its licence to hold 3,000 tonnes.
Scrap metal firm penalised for lighting fires
A Chesterfield skip hire and scrap metal firm has been fined £16,000 for illegally disposing of waste by burning it.
Richard Fletcher (Metals) Ltd, based at Newbridge Lane, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, was sentenced by North East Derbyshire & Dales Magistrates on 16 April following an Environment Agency investigation.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service was called out to a large fire on the company’s premises on 5 November 2013.
Firms receive Queen’s Award
Veolia has been named as a winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.
The company recycles over one million tonnes of waste annually and converts non-recyclable waste into energy sufficient to provide electricity and heat to over 300,000 homes.
Nottingham clean-technology group Chinook Sciences also won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.
The company received the award for its continuing technical and commercial successes of its ground-breaking technology for recovering recyclable metal and generating renewable energy from waste.
The awards are traditionally announced on the Queen’s birthday and recipients are invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace.