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Construction on MRF in Cumbria underway
Building work has started on a £1m materials recycling facility (MRF) at Hespin Wood, near Carlisle, Cumbria. The facility, which will be operated by Cumbria Waste Management Group, will divert 400,000 tonnes of waste from landfill. CWM said the MRF would mean materials could be recycled locally rather than being transported to the northeast.
Construction reuse tool for Scotland
The recently-launched Resouce Efficient Scotland initiative has released an updated online tool to help those in the construction industry to exchange and reuse materials. Scotland’s construction industry is the country’s biggest source of waste, producing 7.4 million tonnes a year.
CIWM and WAMITAB alter Continuing Competence Scheme
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and waste management trainers WAMITAB have announced changes to the Continuing Competence Scheme that will come in on 1 March 2014. Certificates awarded after that date will run out two years after achieving them, replacing a fixed two-year period.
Can recycling campaign launches in the NHS
Every Can Counts is launching a campaign to help NHS Trusts meet their target of reducing CO2 emissions by 50% by 2025. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital was the first hospital to sign up to the programme when it launched in 2009 and has reduced its waste sent to landfill by 23%.
Reuse centre opens in Derry
A reuse social enterprise has been opened in Pennyburn, Derry, creating 20 traineeships for young people, as well as permanent jobs, U.tv reported. The centre has received £484,000 in funding from the Northern Ireland government, and will take furniture, toys, white goods, bikes and garden equipment for repair. It will divert around 500 tonnes of waste from landfill per year.