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News round-up 23/10

Vella confirmed; Falkirk contract; Medicine waste campaign; Waste firm plans to expand; Dorset waste plant fire

Vella confirmed in EU environment post

MEPs have voted to back European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s team of commissioners.

This means Maltese politician Karmenu Vella will step into his role as the new environment, maritime affairs and fisheries commissioner.

MEPs voted 423 for, 209 against, with 67 abstentions. The Commission will take office next month.

Press Release

Oran loses Falkirk contract

Falkirk Council has decided not to renew a contract with Oran Environmental Solutions, which has been renamed Green Circle Recycling.

The firm, based in Grangemouth’s Abbotsinch Industrial Estate, recycles dry waste but the existing contract runs out in February.  

The council said it was looking at cheaper options.

Oran’s Grangemouth site was at the centre of a fly infestation problem and was the subject of a number of investigations by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and the council.

Falkirk Herald

Cut medicine waste campaign launched

Cutting medicine waste in West Norfolk could mean more nurses, more hip replacements or more cataract operations, according to local health chiefs.

It is estimated that over £1m is lost each year in West Norfolk through wastage. A campaign launched by NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group calls upon patients to only order what they need and return unwanted medicines to a pharmacy for safe disposal.

Wisbech Standard

Fire-hit waste firm unveils extension plan at ‘unsuitable site’

A 115-year-old waste firm which was urged to move after being hit by a second major blaze in three years has revealed a plan to consolidate its operations at its site.

Todd Waste Management has applied to North Yorkshire County Council to more than double one of its industrial units to 1,783 square metres to allow for better management of the site at Thirsk Industrial Estate.

Northern Echo

Firefighters tackle waste disposal plant fire

Fire crews from Weymouth and Portland battled a blaze in a Hump An’ Dump warehouse on Portland.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service were alerted of smoke coming out of a building on a site where the firm is based, next to Victoria Square.

Four fire engines, an unmarked car and a fire investigator’s car attended the scene at around 7pm.

Dorset Echo

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