MPs probe steel crisis; Boost for carpet landfill diversion; Dong proposes renewable plant; Cash for community recyclers
MPs probe steel crisis
MPs on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee will taking evidence on the UK steel industry on 27 October. Witnesses include Tor Farquhar, human resources director, Tata Steel Europe; Gareth Stace, director, UKSteel; Roy Rickhuss, general secretary, Community trades union; and Anna Soubry, BIS minister.
Committee chair Iain Wright said: “The industry has been dealt a series of major blows in recent weeks and months. It is facing terminal decline, even though it is an essential foundation for other parts of our economy like aerospace, construction and automotives.
“We will be pressing the Government to explain what action it is taking now to help the steel industry through this crisis and its plans to support the industry as part of a competitive and dynamic manufacturing sector in the long term.”
Boost for carpet landfill diversion
Significant support from Carpet Recycling UK’s core funders has been crucial in the industry’s achievement of diverting rising volumes of waste carpet from landfill with the latest annual figure being 28%.
CRUK’s director Laurance Bird thanked financial supporters for “providing the vital impetus to the recycling and landfill diversion cause”.
Next steps, according to Laurance, are to encourage manufacturers to assist in recovery of clean installation offcuts using their logistics networks and to advise customers on opportunities for recycling offcuts, as well as unwanted carpets.
Dong proposes renewable plant
Dong Energy says a planned bioresource development in Cheshire, pictured, would be “an attractive facility sympathetic to its surroundings”.
Planning permission is being sought from Cheshire West and Chester Council for the REnescience Northwich plant at Lostock Gralam.
The plant would recover resources from waste and generate renewable electricity through treatment with enzymes, mechanical sorting and anaerobic digestion.
Cash for community recyclers
Thousands of pounds are on offer to Peterborough residents who recycle the most.
The incentivisation scheme run by Peterborough City Council and Amey, the council’s street cleaning partner, will see a share of £6,000 handed out every four months to residents in wards who demonstrate their green credentials.
The grants worth £3,000, £2,000 and £1,000 can then be used by the residents for charity or community groups in their wards.