Shanks Netherlands agreement; Inverness waste plant approved; car breaker fined; Glasgow textile thefts
Shanks signs Netherlands hospitality agreement
Waste management firm Shanks Group has signed a three-year preferred supplier agreement with Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN), the largest hospitality industry organisation in the Netherlands.
KHN has over 200 branches which represent more than 20,000 catering businesses across the Netherlands.
Michael van Hulst, managing director of Shanks’ Benelux Solid Waste Division, said: “We are delighted to sign this preferred supplier agreement which is consistent with our strategy to gain share in our target segments and focus our activities in areas where we can be the lowest cost operator.
“The agreement will not only increase our market presence in the hospitality sector but will also help KHN’s members to increase their sustainability and recycling rates through Shanks’ innovative waste management solutions.”
Inverness waste sorting plant gets go-ahead
The Scottish government has approved plans for a waste sorting plant near the Caledonian Canal in Inverness.
Highland Council had rejected the proposed waste transfer station on Carsegate Road next to the Muirtown Basin.
But Scottish ministers have given it the green light after an appeal by developers Munro Construction.
Objectors raised concerns that the plant would attract vermin and cause bad smells - claims the company denied.
Armagh car breaker fined for waste offences
An Armagh car breaker was fined £1,145 plus £15 offenders’ levy for unauthorised waste offences at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on 20 February.
Christopher Coleman of Desert Lane, Armagh pleaded guilty to three charges relating to the treatment of end-of-life vehicles without any authorisations being in place.
In April 2014, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency visited Coleman’s business, CC Automotive, at Teeraw Road, Armagh, where they found 66 end-of-life vehicles on site, some of which had not been depolluted, and therefore hazardous waste.
Four tons of charity clothes stolen every month
A Glasgow charity is losing up to four tons a month and spending thousands replacing damaged bins.
Ross Galbraith, of Glasgow The Caring City, said in some cases thieves were lifting the metal containers and making off with them.
He believes his staff are being watched, and estimated the problem is costing Scottish charities up to £750,000 a year.
He said: “We’re constantly battling against it. Every one of our banks has been targeted at one time. Some of them are repaired and put back out, and targeted again within days.
“The one outside Sainsbury’s in East Kilbride is targeted two or three times a month.”