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News round-up 22/5

All clear for DS Smith Duropack acquistion; Firm offers WAMITAB training; Council saving £47,920 during refuse strikes; Eric Pickles knighted

DS Smith given all clear on Duropack acquistion

DS Smith has been told it can go ahead and buy the Duropack business and the deal is expected to be completed on 31 May. 

Miles Roberts, chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have received unconditional competition clearances for Duropack earlier than anticipated and look forward to integrating the business into the DS Smith Group.

“Duropack is a further important step in our strategy to leverage our scale and strengthen our geographic footprint.” 

On 18 May, DS Smith completed the sale of StePac, a plastics business based in Israel.

Press release

Firm offers WAMITAB training

London waste management company, O’Donovan Waste Disposal will offer the NVQ level 2 and 3 Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB) training courses to all its staff.

More than 60 waste-handlers, office staff and management at O’Donovan are currently undertaking the WAMITAB training.

The courses ensure staff have full training with regards to safety aspects of waste management process procedures, as well as ensuring the quality of the materials recovered.

WAMITAB is an awarding organisation that develops qualifications and certificates for those working in waste management and recycling.

Press release

Council saving £47,920 during refuse strikes

Barking and Dagenham council has saved £47,920 as a direct result of refuse workers striking, it has been revealed.

Although the local authority has spent more than £80,000, including £37,122 on security and £30,430 on temporary staff during the protest, it has saved £128,600 from striking workers’ salaries.

When the current strike ends on 26 May, the average GMB mamber striking will have lost £2,500 in pay.

Barking and Dagenham Post

Eric Pickles knighted

Eric Pickles

Former Communities and Local Government secretary Eric Pickles (pictured) has been knighted by the Queen.

Pickles was appointed to the position following the election of the Coalition Government in 2010.

He held the position until the 2015 general election where he was replaced by Greg Clark, previously the minister of state for universities.

Press release


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