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News round-up 22/8

Fire at Shawell recycling centre; Mystery of the missing bins; Waste firms prepare for Carnival; Sita fundraising pays off.

Fire at Shawell recycling centre

Firefighters have extinguished a blaze that broke out at New Earth Solution’s recycling plant in Shawell, Leicestershire.

Around 350 tonnes of waste was on fire when crews from Lutterworth, Hinckley, Western, Eastern and Southern Fire and Rescue Stations in Leicestershire arrived on the scene.

The fire is now out and an investigation has started to discover what started it

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Mystery of the missing bins

Thousands of recycling boxes and more than 1,000 wheelie bins have been stolen in St Helen’s over the last 12 months, a local paper has reported.

In total, 2,160 black boxes, 1,962 pink bags, 2,454 blue bags and 916 food caddies have been reported missing.

A council spokesman said: “We work closely with the police to bring those responsible to justice, but householders can help to reduce this figure by ensuring their bins are put out at the designated collection point by 6.30am on collection day – and then brought in again as soon as possible after collection.

It is believed that a proportion of the missing bins and recycling containers may have been lost or accidentally tipped into bin lorries.

St Helen’s Reporter

Waste firms in carnival mood

Veolia is hoping to clean up after the Notting Hill Carnival in less than three hours.

Some 120 staff and 60 vehicles will collect the estimated 200 tonnes of rubbish that will be left on streets over the course of the carnival.

Scott Edgell, Veolia’s General Manager for Central London, said: “We’re well used to dealing with cleaning up after large scale events in Westminster, from the London Marathon to New Year’s Day Parade. But Carnival is particularly exciting, and challenging, given the sheer scale of the event in such a confined area.”  

Approximately 200 Sita UK staff will also be on clean-up duty, and expect to collect around 300 tonnes of rubbish.

Sita’s Kensington & Chelsea contract manager Gary O’Hagan said: It’s a really tough job but there’s a great camaraderie within the team doing it. Once people start to leave at the end of the day, you look at the streets in a bit of disbelief and, in some places, find yourself ankle-deep in litter.”

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Sita fundraising pays off

Sita UK’s 2,400 mile charity bike ride earlier this year and other employee fundraising events have raised almost £90,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Staff rode in a relay from the company’s most northern site in Aberdeen to its most southern facility at Land’s End.

Chief executive David Palmer-Jones presented Macmillan representatives, Michelle Martin and Jan Harris, with a cheque for £89,984 – half of which was raised by The Big Ride.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted that our fantastic employees have managed to raise so much money for Macmillan over the last year, and I am very proud to be able to present Macmillan with a cheque for nearly double the amount we initially set out to raise.”

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