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News round-up 23/1

Casepak commingled contract; Updated WEEE scope; EC authorises Teesside biomass’ aid; London food waste programme ending; Pickles visits recycling scheme

Casepak wins Vale of Glamorgan contract

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has awarded Casepak with a three-year contract for the processing of commingled materials.

The 12,000 tonnes per annum contract started in April 2014.

The council said it has chosen Casepak’s solution based on the company’s focus on quality during the competitive tender process. Casepak’s solution also offered the most economical advantages that allowed the council to plan for increasing recycling performance.

Materials collected from the kerbside of around 55,000 households in the Vale of Glamorgan will be transported to Casepak’s materials recycling facility in Leicester.

Press Release

WEEE scope includes Smart meters

The scope of equipment covered by the UK WEEE Regulations has been updated to include digital utility meters also known as smart meters.

The news comes after DECC rolled out its Smart Metering Implementation Programme to support Britain’s transition to a low-carbon economy by allowing consumers to have real time information on their energy consumption and help them manage their energy use.

Analogue utility meters are not included in the WEEE scope

Environment Agency

EC authorises UK aid for Teesside biomass

The European Commission has found that the UK’s plans to support the building of a 299MW Teesside combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant are in line with EU state aid rules.

The plant will use biomass to provide electricity to the national grid and heat to local customers.

The Commission concluded in particular that the project would further EU energy and environmental objectives without unduly distorting competition in the market.

In November 2014 the UK notified plans to support the operation of a CHP plant, to be built in the Tees Valley in North-East England. The plant is expected to start operations in July 2018.

Press Release

London food businesses have one month to use food waste programme

Small and medium-sized London food businesses have one month left to take advantage of the largest ever programme to help the capital’s food businesses reduce food waste and save money.

The Mayor of London’s FoodSave programme, delivered by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) and Sustain, has worked with over 90 businesses in the capital.

These businesses together are expected to save more than £300,000 per year, cut their food and related packaging waste by 259 tonnes, and divert 880 tonnes of surplus food to good causes.

While the FoodSave team is pleased to have made such good progress towards the programme’s targets, it has highlighted that many SMEs are either still unaware of the issue or don’t have the capacity to address it.

Press Release

Pickles praises London Green Points initiative

Secretary of State for communities and local government Eric Pickles (above) visited Romford this week to see how local businesses in Havering have been benefitting from the London Green Points – Havering scheme, a year since its launch.

As part of the scheme, which is aimed at rewarding people for throwing away less and recycling more, residents receive a London Green Points card when they activate their account. This card allows them to access discounts in 118 local businesses across Havering.

Pickles said: “Rewards for recycling show how working with families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish.”

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