EA chair confirmed; Fire at Swindon recycling firm; ECO Plastics founder nominated for award; Veolia school contest.
Dilley confirmed EA chair
Sir Philip Dilley has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Environment Agency and will take up the post on 8 September.
Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “This is a vital role which carries major responsibilities. I am delighted to have confirmed Sir Philip Dilley as chairman of the Environment Agency and I look forward to him bringing his leadership, experience and gravitas to the board.”
Fire hits Swindon recycling firm
Firefighters are still tackling a blaze that broke out at Averies Recycling in Marshgate, Swindon yesterday afternoon.
At the height of the fire, there were six fire engines, two water carriers, an operational support unit and an incident command vehicle in attendance tackling 1,000 tonnes of burning waste. They were also supported by military firefighters, with a specialist appliance brought in from RAF Brize Norton to assist.
Smoke is still rising from the site and local people have been advised to keep doors and windows closed. Wiltshire Fire Service said that crews will remain on the site for “some days”.
ECO Plastics founder nominated for award
Jonathan Short, founder and deputy chairman of ECO Plastics, has been shortlisted in the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the National Business Awards 2014.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognises those individuals demonstrating the entrepreneurial aptitude, commercial acumen, vision, ambition and drive to build a successful enterprise.
Short said: “This is a huge honour for me… I would like to extend my thanks to the whole team at ECO Plastics, this would not have been possible without their dedication and hard work.”
Veolia awards primary school in WEEE reycling initiative
Ashmole Primary School in Oval has won a Lambeth schools competition which encouraged pupils to recycle as much waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) as possible within a week (picture above).
The aim of the contest was to teach school children that their unwanted electrical appliances and gadgets can be recycled instead of just being thrown away.
Each participating school was provided with a large pink skip for one week to fill it as much as possible, with the winning school determined by the highest average number of kilograms of WEEE collected per child. Ashmole Primary School scooped the top prize of £500 with 4.82kg per head (1.1 tonne).
Clement Gaubert, WEEE Compliance scheme manager at Veolia, said: “The Veolia WEEE Scheme is delighted to work with Lambeth Council on this initiative. We believe the competition has been a great success and has helped to raise awareness among young people about the benefits of recycling electrical waste.”